Thornton-le-Dale - Dalby Forest - Howl Dale - Thornton-le-Dale

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Thornton-le-Dale, considered to be one of the prettiest villages in North Yorkshire, is an excellent start and finish for a walk. It is easily reached by bus from almost any direction and has a large car park close by. The start of the walk goes past tea rooms and bakery shops, then past a stunningly beautiful thatched cottage. Follow Thornton Beck up to Ellerburn and maybe visit the Norman church of St Hilda's and pay a visit to the Cosy Nook tea room. See the Lumber Jill's sculpture near the start of the Dalby Forest Drive and enjoy the view. This is an excellent place for a lunch break. Turn west through mixed woodland and pass through the farm at Low Kingsthorpe, turning south-west to follow Howl Dale before picking up the path by Haggs House to return to Thornton-le-Dale through fields. Now is decision time: ice cream or tea and cake in the village centre.

England - North England - Yorkshire - North York Moors


Birds, Butterflies, Cafe, Church, Flowers, Food Shop, Gift Shop, Good for Kids, Great Views, Pub, Public Transport, River, Tea Shop, Toilets, Wildlife, Woodland
2/16/2022 - Meera Lawrence

I did this walk on a day it has been raining for 48 hours. I started from the Pickering Premier Inn, walking along the main road to Thornton and peeling off from the route at the end of Howl Dale Wood to head west. It was incredibly muddy, so good boots were a must, but the route was varied and easy to navigate. The church was lovely. I felt intrepid, walking on a day when most people stayed in. Thank you to the author for sharing. Another family I met at the church were also hunting for the cafe. I'm guessing it's only open in high season.

5/24/2019 - John Glover

Proceeded on this walk last week. There is a sign at the Cosy Nook Tea Room saying closed for all of 2019.

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