Malton Yorkshire is a top staycation destination

Malton Yorkshire is a top staycation destination

Metro names Malton as one of the top 7 UK staycation places to visit for a weekend away.

But surely a weekend isn't long enough?

And I know just the place to stay to make the most of your time in Malton.

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http://metro.co.uk/2017/01/03/staycations-7-top-uk-destinations-to-run-away-
to-for-a-weekend-6341740/

 

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Ryedale Countryside

Ryedale Countryside

The fields of corn are looking particularly splendid so I guess it does mean one thing. It's harvest time. And harvesting has begun in Ryedale.

The countryside around Spring Cottage is made up of beautiful rolling hillsides just like this. Dotted with stone-built villages and market towns.

Well worth a visit.

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Walking in Ryedale

Walking in Ryedale

There’s a new way of walking in Ryedale

Visit Ryedale have  a new collection of walks and all within easy reach of Spring Cottage.

The walks start from the market towns of Malton, Pickering, Helmsley or Kirbymoorside.   The variety of walks suit all abilities and each walk clearly states the distance and the difficulty level. This means there can be no complaining half way round that “it’s too hard”!

What’s particularly special about this set of walks is that they are digital walking guides. So all you need is your walking boots and your mobile phone.

To follow the walks you need to download the iFootpath app for £1.49 first. (This app gives access to  walks in the other areas as well as these 20 walks in Ryedale.)

For those of you not as digi-savvy, no worries, the walks can also be printed out and you’ll find them all waiting for you at Spring Cottage.

The app is easy to use and GPS tracking meant wrong turns were avoided (one of my biggest walking frustrations).  The printed version of the walk is also described, photographed and mapped in detail so no excuse for talking the wrong path.  Although we did purposely do this at one point, just to see what the GPS did.  It did nothing (disappointingly there was no flashing lights or sirens to tell us).  It just continued to track our path, but moved our blue location dot away from the red line of the route we were meant to take.

Our Walk

My family and I did the 4.5 mile circular walk starting from Malton to Broughton Lane. It took across field and into wooded areas and was very family friendly in terms of no steep climbs and we were walking on tracks or pavements. The corn fields were a delight:

walking in Ryedale  walking in Ryedale

The children enjoyed seeing the gallops too, just before heading into Malton.  We even saw some sheep that looked like cardboard cut-outs. Surely not?walking in Ryedale

Finishing the walk in Malton meant a visit to the delightful tearoom The Hidden Monkey, in Malton’s market place for a well earned tea and cake.

Normally when walking we’d use maps rather than an app. But because we were using an app, junior members within the group were more engaged which of course was a bonus!

So I’d recommend you embrace this new technology and get walking in Ryedale. Or  if you feel more comfortable with a paper map, then no worries, but just get out and about exploring Ryedale’s beautiful countryside and its bustling market towns.

For me, it’s 1 down, 19 to go!  Do leave a review or comments on any of the walks that you do. Take your pick: Walking In Ryedale

Karen

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Walks in Ryedale

Walks in Ryedale

Introducing The Visit Ryedale Market Towns Collection of Walks

Visit Ryedale have produced 20 digital walking guides all within easy reach of Spring Cottage. The walks start from either Malton, Pickering, Helmsley or Kirbymoorside.

Here’s more info: http://www.visitryedale.co.uk/see-do/activities/walking

Plus if using an app isn’t your thing, I’ve printed out all the walks and they’re waiting for you at Spring Cottage.

Happy exploring Ryedale!

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Places To Eat And Drink in Ryedale

Places To Eat And Drink in Ryedale

Fab article from Olive Magazine showcasing the best places to eat and drink in Ryedale:
http://www.olivemagazine.com/restaurants-and-travel/the-best-places-to-eat-and-drink-in-ryedale-north-yorkshire/14905.html

I’d recommend them all, but The White Swan in Pickering is a particular favourite of mine (particularly in the winter, dining in the cosy lounges) and so close to Spring Cottage.

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Guide To Malton

Guide To Malton

NEW tourist guide to the many market towns of Ryedale and Yorkshire has been created by Welcome to Yorkshire.

The chief executive of the group, Sir Gary Verity, launched the guide during a walk-round of Malton’s independent food shops on Wednesday.

Sir Gary was joined on the tour by TV business expert, Kate Hardcastle, who helped create the guide, Kevin Hollinrake MP, and Tom Naylor-Leyland, director of the Talbot Hotel and Malton Cookery School, who has been working to cement Malton’s reputation as the “foodie capital” of Yorkshire.
Look a new guide to Malton: http://bit.ly/294auI2

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Escape to the Milky Way in Ryedale – North Yorkshire

Escape to the Milky Way in Ryedale – North Yorkshire

With the UK’s darkest skies on their doorstep, the Ryedale towns – Helmsley, Kirkbymoorside, Pickering, Malton and Norton – are perfect gateways to the full winter glory of this rare star-gazing phenomenon.

A trip to the stars is also the perfect antidote to the stress that many of us feel as the Christmas glitter settles, without adding more pressure on the pocket, as the NHS recommends: to combat the festive hangover and restore family harmony, simply have a change of scene and some fresh air.
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Spring Cottage – North Yorkshire

Spring Cottage – North Yorkshire

I love this old photo of Spring Cottage when the cottage had more land and included an orchard and some pigs.

Sadly the pigs have gone, replaced by today’s lawned garden and the orchard by our one apple tree.

How times have changed! But the stonewalls, beamed ceiling and south facing view over farmland remain.

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Family Friendly walk near Malton

Family Friendly walk near Malton

This family friendly walk near Malton takes in views across Ryedale’s low lying farmland.

Starting Point:

The village of Great Habton in Ryedale (5 miles from Malton).

family friendly walk near Malton

Distance:

Approximately 2 ½ miles across the fields surrounding Great Habton.

Parking:

In the Village.

Refreshments:

The village pub – The Grapes Inn (closed Mondays).

Directions:

1) Head out of the village, on the road towards Kirby Misperton, leaving the Grapes Inn pub behind you (on your left). Just past the last farm at the edge of the village you’ll see the public footpath sign on your right.

Family Friendly walk near Malton sign post

2) Walk across a couple of fields following the gates, heading for this barn:

Barn on family friendly walk near Malton

3) Carry on, passing to the left of this barn. Follow the track, to a solitary tree and continue on the track keeping to the left hand side of drainage ditch. Ahead you will see a collection of buildings amongst some trees.

4) As you approach the trees, the footpath isn’t clear , but pass to the right hand side of the copse, alongside the field. Passing the first house you pick up a cinder path, which takes you past a small collection of cottages on your right hand side.
Family Friendly Walk near Malton forked path

5) Once passed the cottages , the track forks (as shown above) and take the right hand fork, which takes you onto the Ryton Rigg Road.

6) On the road, turn right and follow the road back into Great Habton. This was once a gated road, but remains a quiet road dotted with farms and used only by local traffic. Do however be aware of passing vehicles.

General

The walk is flat. Terrain is across fields, cinder paths and tarmac. The plantations, hedges and ditches provide habitat for a variety of wildlife. If you’re lucky, you may see owls, hares or, as we did, some deer:
Family Friendly Walk near Malton deer spotting

Staying at Spring Cottage?

Well this walk is on your doorstep. Perfect for some mid-morning gentle excercise before settling down for Sunday lunch at The Grapes Inn or it’s the perfect early evening stroll, before heading back to the cottage to cook supper.

Why not grab your walking boots and book yourself a stay at Spring Cottage?

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Karen

Do you want more ideas and inspiration on where to visit and what to do while on holiday in Yorkshire? Then click here and download a copy of my guide to North Yorkshire’s hidden gems, to help you get the most out of your time here:

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