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River Rye with the road bridge beyond at Nunnington Hall, North Yorkshire
A stretch of the River Rye | © National Trust Images/Robert Morris

Nunnington Hall up Bank and round Rye walk

This circular walk takes you through Nunnington village and up to Caulkleys Bank, with impressive views to the north and south, before continuing along a scenic section of the River Rye.

Total steps: 12

Total steps: 12

Start point

Nunnington Hall, grid ref SE 67036 79492

Step 1

Leave Nunnington Hall through the main gates. Don't go over the bridge but instead cross the road with care and bear right onto Low Street.

Step 2

Continue along Church Street, following it left and uphill past the church.

Step 3

At the junction, carry straight on joining a rough track with a fingerpost marked 'Stonegrave 1 mile' heading up to Caulkleys Bank.

Step 4

At the top of the bank, you'll reach a three-way fingerpost. After taking in the views, turn left here towards The Avenue.

Step 5

When you reach the road, cross over to the wide verge where there are more great views. Follow the fingerpost to West Ness along the crest of Caulkleys Bank.

Step 6

Cross the stone track above Stampers Wood and follow the public bridleway, which is flanked by hedgerows.

Step 7

After passing some farm buildings, the bridleway sinks into a stone-bottomed track as it descends towards the lane near West Ness.

Step 8

When the track meets the tarmac lane, continue straight over towards Kirkbymoorside, rather than turning left to Nunnington.

Step 9

After about 275yd (250m), the road bends sharply left, then passes farm buildings, a disused chapel and a phone box. Do not cross the bridge over the River Rye, but turn left onto the footpath signposted 'Nunnington 1.25 miles'.

Step 10

The path follows the river upstream back to Nunnington. You'll pass the Old Mill with its nearby weir.

Step 11

Follow the waymarks away from the river to skirt around the boundary of Nunnington Hall.

Step 12

Turn right at the road and head back towards the Hall.

End point

Nunnington Hall, grid ref SE 67036 79492

Trail map

Ordnance Survey map of the Nunnington Hall up Bank and round Rye walk, Yorkshire]
The Nunnington Hall up Bank and round Rye walk | © Crown copyright and database rights 2013 Ordnance Survey

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Nunnington, near York, North Yorkshire, YO62 5UY

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