Lands around Kirkby Malzeard

  • A pretty unspoilt Yorkshire village
  • Plenty of history with a market 800 years old
  • Excellent bridleway past Braithwaite Hall

There are many interesting places to explore around Kirkby Malzeard, a pretty Yorkshire village near Masham. No main traffic routes are nearby which only adds to it charm. The main walk I have outlined passes through the lovely grounds of Braithwaite Hall (a strange looking building but definitely worth seeing) and visiting the even more unspoilt village of Galphay (good pub though).

The return being through farmers fields is not so interesting but is a pleasant contrast and short enough not to be bored. Wensleydale have a new creamery factory on the outskirts of Kirkby Malzeard, there is a grand old church, ancient remains of Mowbray Castle and if by any chance you went down to the woods at night…..(take to the woods near Mowbray and you will see what I mean!).

Recommend: If you want to stop of for a swift half at the Galphay Inn avoid Mondays – it is closed.

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Kirkby Malzeard map


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Start Point: SE 233743. I took a visit to the church and the woods before heading for the bridleway to Braithwaite Hall
Height to Climb: 64 ms (210 feet)
Terrain: The paths over the fields are a little indistinct but the bridleway is excellent.
Eating & Drinking: The 2 pubs in Kirkby Malzeard have good reviews (closed when I was there) the Queens Head and the Henry Jenkins
Similar Walks Nearby: Hackfall Woods from Masham
Lost World of Dallowgill
Druids Temple at Masham
Places to Stay:


The Moorhouse, Dallowgill


  1. Sarah Haslam says:

    You can bear left in the grounds of Braithwaite and pick up a footpath that brings you back to the driveway on the Kirkby/Ripon Road. It’s about a four mile loop.

  2. Dominique says:

    This trail is closed (public footpath) by the farmer who took off signes of the path and locked out two gates…. we had to quit this walk after taking first 20 min…. big disappointment 🙁 (of course you can take a big detour by road but what a fun with a dog and two kids on the really narrow road)…

  3. Phil Holden says:


    I thought that you might like to know that part of the walk you describe is now part of the Aislabie Walk. There’s a micro site on the new route here and from there you can download a guide.

    The Aislabie Walk starts (wherever you want but officially) at Studley Royal, it goes past Aldfield Spa, Galphay, Braithwaite Hall, Kirkby Malzeard, Grewelthorpe and through Hackfall. It returns via Mickley Barras, Azerley and the Studley Royal Deer Park. 17.5 miles in total but shorter routes are described by using cross paths.

    Please take a look and download the guide.


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