March 2022 – Sutton Bank

Date:  Sunday 20th March 2022
Start: 11.00am
Meet: Sutton Bank Visitor Centre
Length of walk: 4.5 miles
Lunch Venue: The Forrester’s Arms in Kilburn
Time: 2.30pm

This month’s walk is being led by Wendy and Ann.

The walk starts from the Sutton Bank Visitor Centre at 11.00. Parking is £4.80. Hopefully people will car share where ever possible.

The walk is just under 4.5 miles. A shorter walk is possible and either Ann or Wendy will lead this one.

The lunch is at the Forrester’s Arms in Kilburn at 2.30 pm

Please let Ann know whether you will be walking (long or shorter walk) and/or eating, with your menu choices, by Thursday 17th March.

February 2022 – Coxwold

Oswaldkirk Village Walk – Sunday 27th February 2022

Date:  Sunday 27th February 2022
Start: 11.00am (long walk) or 12.30pm (short walk)
Meet: Coxwold village hall (see below)
Length of walk: 5 miles (long walk) or 2 miles (short walk)
Lunch Venue: The Fauconberg Arms, Coxwold
Time: 2.15pm

There are 2 walks (a Long and a Short walk) organised by David and Gaynor Badham both walks starting from Coxwold Village Hall car park where you should leave your cars.

For both walks stout footwear with good treads is advisable to withstand the rigours of winter weather as well as clothing suitable for this time of year. Maps of both walks are below.

Both walks are suitable for dogs but you are requested to keep them on a lead when on paths across farming land. At the time of writing this description there are no cattle on either of the walk paths.

The long walk

The LONG Walk is 5 miles starting at 11am from the car park and is scheduled to get back to the car park by 2pm. There is only 1 stile. This walk will be led by David and has been chosen to suite walkers able to cover this distance in the time frame of 3hrs which will include a short refreshment/rest stop (bring what you need). In the event of inclement weather or fatigue this walk can be shortened at the crossover point to return to the car park (cuts 1 mile and approx.45mins off the 5mile walk time – a straight route back to Coxwold along an old railway track, now a footpath.

The long walk, 5 miles.

The short walk

The SHORT walk is 2 miles starting at 12.30pm from the car park and is scheduled to get back to the car park by 2pm allowing for stops to take in the views. There are no stiles. This walk will be led by Gaynor and is a more leisurely walk over a shorter distance chosen to suite walkers accustomed to a more leisurely pace. You may wish to bring some light refreshment.

The short walk, 2miles.


For those who wish, arrangements have been to eat at The Fauconberg Arms in Coxwold at 2.15pm and the menu choices are below. You will need to give us your orders by Monday 21st February so table bookings can be made in good time as it is a popular eating venue on Sundays. Please contact us by phone on 01439 787046 or by email to with your dining requirements and whether you are walking on the LONG or SHORT walk or those not walking but who may wish to JUST EAT with us.

Bill and Jean both walking – Bill SHORT walk but Jean LONG walk. Both eating as follows –
Bill – S1 and M2 pork
Jean – No starter but M3 and maybe dessert

The Fauconberg’s Sunday Lunch Menu – Be there for 2.15pm. Parking at the premises.

Covid Face Masks required when entering and movement within the premises.

Starters: – as priced individually
S1- Soup of the day with homemade crusty roll & butter £6.00
S2- Chicken liver and brandy pate served with chutney and toast £6.00
S3- Goat’s cheese and red onion tart served with salad and balsamic glaze £7.00

Mains: – as priced individually
M1- Locally sourced roast beef, pork, or chicken breast. All served with Sunday vegetables and Yorkshire puddings £15.00
M2- Lightly beer battered haddock, hand cut chips, peas, tartare sauce and lemon £14.95
M3- Fauconberg steak and ale pie, new potatoes or hand cut chips, peas and gravy £14.95
M4- Braised local beef cheeks in red wine, creamy mash, roasted root vegetables and red wine sauce. £18.00 M5- Vegetable Curry and rice. £15.00

Desserts: Order on the day from the desserts board as available.

Please let us know who is walking on Long Walk or Short Walk and who is eating with your course choices by email to or by telephone on 01439 787046. We do hope you can join us.

David and Gaynor Badham

January 2022 – Hovingham

Date: Sunday 23rd January
Start: 11.00am
Meet: Hovingham Bakery
Length of walk: 4 miles
Lunch Venue: The Worsley Arms, Hovingham
Time: 2.00pm

A very happy and healthy new year. Andy and I are organising this month’s village walk on Sunday 23rd January, which will start in Hovingham near the Bakery at 11 am. The walk is a very easy, short and flat route (see attached map) and is just over 4 miles long.

Map of walk from Hovingham to Cawton and back.

We are going to offer you mulled wine and other goodies when we arrive in Cawton to toast the New Year. Some of you may not wish to gather for Sunday lunch but for those of you who do the Worsley Arms would be our suggestion. Details of their lunch are on their web site. I will gladly book tables for those who wish to go.


December 2021 – Gilling Woods

Date: Sunday 19th December 2021
Start: 11.00am
Meet: Opposite Autism Plus centre (see below)
Length of walk: Just over 3 miles
Lunch Venue: The Worsley Arms, Hovingham
Time: 2.00pm

A pleasant walk of just over 3 miles with no stiles, 2 gates and no livestock. To get to the start drive to Gilling and turn right at the Fairfax Arms past the Village Hall and Miniature Railway. In just under a mile you will see cautionary signs about a speed hump (which is a very severe example, so please take care!). Very shortly afterwards you will see our parking area on the left opposite the base of Autism Plus and its chocolate shop.

Most of your effort will be expended in the first steady climb of about 50 metres. Then you can relax and enjoy the rest of the walk. We will have a pause at the viewpoint for a sip of water if you bring some. Then after the second mile we will stop, as usual in December, for something a little stronger. Finally an easy walk back to the start.

There will also be an easy level walk of under 2 miles – This will start from the same place at 12 noon.

We should complete the round by 1.15pm and lunch is booked for 2pm at The Worsley Arms.

Please send your menu choices (below) to Lot Doucet: 01439 788198 by Sunday 12 December.

You are welcome to join us for the meal even if you don’t walk. You are also welcome to walk and not eat – but please let us know that we should be expecting you to join in the walk.

Sunday Lunch at The Worsley Arms

Cream of mushroom soup with warm bread £6.75
Worsley Arms salmon and haddock fish cake, herb fish cream £6.95
Twice baked cheese soufflé with creamy Parmesan sauce £7.25
Chicken and bacon terrine with sultana and apple chutney, mixed leaves, whole grain dressing £7.50

Roast rump of Yorkshire beef, Yorkshire puddings, red wine gravy, roast root vegetables, braised red cabbage £16.75
Pea and mint ravioli with wilted spinach, garlic and garden peas, cream sauce £15.50
Herb roasted breast of chicken bacon peas and lettuce, sauté new potatoes,
thyme, and red wine sauce £17.50
Pork and coriander sausages, mashed potato, onion gravy £15.75
Fillet of sea bass, samphire, braised fennel, saut6 potatoes, saffron cream £17.50

Sticky toffee pudding, toffee sauce, vanilla ice cream
White chocolate Brulee, shortbread biscuit
Mixed berry and apple crumble with custard
All @ £6.75
Selection of British cheeses, celery, grapes, biscuits, fruit chutney £8.50

November 2021 – Hazel Heads loops

Date: Sunday 28th November 2021
Start: 11.00am
Meet: The large grass area at Hazel Heads (see below)
Length of walk: 7.21km
Lunch Venue: The Owl in Hawnby
Time: 2.30pm

Walk map

This is a delightful, circular stroll, in and around the valley of the Upper Rye. Offering gently undulating terrain and no fence-climbing, stream-jumping or
river-wading. Bridges have been provided where appropriate. There are three stiles and a short section off-piste but easy.
Take the Osmotherley road through Hawnby village to the large grass area at Hazel Heads [SE 529928].

This is about 3km or 2 miles from Hawnby. Total drive time is approximately 30mins from Oswaldkirk.

There are plenty of shorter walks around both Hazel Heads and Hawnby for those that wish to have lunch, but not do the full walk. See Walk map and map of Hawnby environs.

Map of Hawnby environs


Lunch will be at 1430 at The Owl in Hawnby. Menu choices to Rhona ( by Wednesday 24th
November, please.


2 courses £19 – 3 Courses £24

Prawn cocktail [£9]
Haloumi Skewers [£7]
Farmhouse Pate [£7]

28 Day-aged Roast Rump of Beef [£14]
Free Range Roast Loin of Pork [£14]
Bacon-wrapped Roast Turkey [£14]
Vegetarian Nut Roast [£14]
All served with Yorkshire Pud, Roast Potatoes Vegetables and Gravy

Sticky Toffee Pudding
Trio of Ice Cream
Chocolate Brownie

March 2020 – Coxwold

Date: Sunday 29th March 2020
Start: 11.15am
Meet: The Fauconberg Arms in Coxwold (Parking on the hardstanding to the left and right of the FA)
Length of walk: 4.9 miles
Lunch Venue: The Fauconberg Arms
Time: 2.30pm

This 4.9-mile walk takes in some unique views of our lovely local countryside and significant historical sites starting at Coxwold > Wildon Grange >Angram Grange > Angram Hall > Shandy Hall.

This is a dog friendly walk but they need to be on a lead on farmland with livestock (some sheep, horses and cattle). There are 2 stiles, gently undulating, approx 3 hrs with a snack’n’drink break. The walk starts at 11.15 am from The Fauconberg Arms in Coxwold (Parking on the hardstanding to the left and right of the FA) – see the walker image for location. For those who wish, we will be eating at the Fauconberg Arms in Coxwold at 2.30pm and the arranged menu is as below. Walkers and Non-walkers welcome.

The Fauconberg’s Sunday Lunch Menu


S1. Soup of the day with homemade crusty roll & butter £5.95
S2. Chicken liver and brandy pate, sticky white onion marmalade, salad & toast £6.00
S3. Half pint of shell-on Greenland prawns, Marie Rose and lemon. £6.50
S4. Creamy garlic mushrooms on toast, truffle oil £6.50
S5. Breaded Whitebait, Dill & Lemon Aioli £6.50


M1- Roast Beef & Yorkshire Pudding with Traditional Sunday Garnish- £12.50
M3- Roast loin of pork with stuffing, crackling and Traditional Sunday Garnish & Apple Sauce £12.50
M4- Chicken Supreme with Traditional Sunday Garnish – £12.50
M5- Fauconberg homemade vegetable Moussaka, little Greek salad, toasted Pitta bread £12.00


Order on the day

Please let us know who is walking and who is eating with the main course choice by email to or telephone on 01439 787046 by Friday 20th March. We do hope you can join us.

David and Gaynor Badham

Walk for life was an organisation that encouraged everyone to walk to improve their health and quality of life by increasing their fitness and their social wellbeing by meeting other like‐minded individuals. It closed on 31 March 2022.

February 2020 – Hovingham

Date: Sunday 16th February 2020
Start: 11.00am
Meet: The Worsley Arms car park in Hovingham
Length of walk: just under 4.5 mile
Lunch Venue: The Worsley Arms
Time: 1.45pm

This month’s walk is just under 4.5 mile and will start at The Worsley Arms car park in Hovingham at 11 am (15 minutes earlier than usual).

The route is fairly easy with only a couple of gentle inclines and includes parkland, woodland, fields and good tracks. There are a couple of stiles, however, it may be possible to assist dogs over them. At the time of the recce there were no livestock present in the fields. There will be a short refreshment break as we need to be back at the Worsley Arms ready to eat by 1.45 pm latest.

The menu is attached and I would appreciate you letting me know whether you will be walking and/or eating or not by the 10th February latest.

Kind regards

Shirley Halliwell –, 01439 788823 or 07719 628313

Lunch options

Printable version of the walk

Map of Feb 2020 Hovingham walk

January 2020 – Felixkirk

This month’s walk starts and finishes at The Carpenter’s Arms at Felixkirk where we will also be having lunch.  There is usually plenty of car parking spaces available.

The walk is 4.7 miles over undulating countryside.  As it is January we expect there to be a number of areas where it is muddy underfoot so waterproof footwear is essential. There are a number of stiles, all in OK condition but not all providing for dogs.  There were also a few fields with sheep/horses so it cannot be described as dog friendly (final decision is at owner’s discretion).  It’s a lovely walk crossing a couple of small streams, which we will check are still crossable nearer the time. 

November 2019 – Farndale

This is a gentle circular walk involving no fords. It is approximately 6.6km [4 miles or so]. It crosses fields for the first half and the second half is along the river bank pathway which is mostly gravelled. There will be no daffodils.

Unfortunately there are a number of stiles on the first part that would be very awkward for dogs – they’re sort of stones sticking out of high stone walls [the stiles, not the dogs] – so not an overly dog-friendly walk, sorry.

Meet in the carpark of the Feversham Arms in Church Houses, Farndale. We will also be eating in the pub. As a bonus there are toilets at the halfway mark [not Portaloos], in Low Mill.