Boroughbridge - River Ure - Myton-on-Swale - Milby

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This walk guide was originally created by Graham Wilson but Walkingworld are very grateful for Phil Catterall to be taking over this route, February 2022.

This circular route starts and finishes in the charming Roman market town of Boroughbridge. The town has all the amenities offered by such places and is a delight to wander around. Historians should head out to the Isurium Roman town site (English Heritage), whilst prehistorians should aim for the Bronze Age Devil's Arrows (390665), three giant pillars of stone said to have been hurled into the field by Satan himself.

The walk itself follows the banks of the River Ure, on top of the flood defences in this flood-plain of Yorkshire. Whilst only a few metres high, they do allow good views of the plain itself. At about halfway, the route circumnavigates the Battlefield of Myton (1319) which held one of the skirmishes of the Scottish wars of independence.

The return route is along paths, farm tracks and mostly quiet roads before returning to Boroughbridge via the canal lock section which form part of the Ure Navigation.

The walk gives the opportunity for birdwatching on the river and allows for hedgerow species and those of farmland as well.

England - North England - Yorkshire - Countryside


Birds, Cafe, Food Shop, Gift Shop, Mostly Flat, Museum, Play Area, Pub, Public Transport, River, Tea Shop, Toilets
2/12/2022 - Walkingworld Admin

Walkingworld admin: Please note: there is no right of way through Ellenthorpe Hall - the access has a sign stating Private Road. There is only 700m to walk on the busier section of the road, the rest is a quiet lane going to a few farms.


Great walk, a few of the pictures require updating though and it’s definitely preferable to walk back via Ellenthorpe Hall as the stretch walking along the busy road is not enjoyable. Apart from that it was a lovely walk

10/4/2015 - Ken Dixon

Very nice walk, good directions but distance of 6.2 miles is a bit off I measured it on my GPS at 7.7 miles

10/10/2007 - Sean Diver

10-10-07, Really scenic riverside walk, it may be preferable to retrace your steps via Ellenthorpe Hall rather than walking on road (11 and 12)for approx 2 miles including a busy road, took me 3 hours to complete, Seán Diver

3/27/2007 - Jackie Cookson

Lovely walk, very clear instructions.

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