Coxwold & Beacon Banks

  • Good views along Beacon Banks
  • Visit two attractive Yorkshire villages
  • Enjoy the llamas near Husthwaite

There must be real pride in the local populations of the villages in this area of the country; both Husthwaite and Coxwold are two more immaculately presented villages where lovely re roofed houses sit above well groomed gardens – it is almost a given that someone will be out mowing the lawns. I had picked a warm summer afternoon to walk the few miles between the villages and there is a real tendency to linger.

However the highlight is the walk is the the mile and a half along Beacon Banks with its wonderful views north to the White Horse and the western moors and south over the plains of York. Quite why the O/S lads failed to put their pillar at the highest point and why a large llama farm is situated here are just two mysteries on this pleasant walk.

Recommend: Do the walk along Beacon Banks soon, there has been a recent mass planting of trees which may yet obscure some of the best of the views

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. 299 Ripon & Boroughbridge Buy Map
Start Point: 535771. Park in the main street near the church and head past the church for 1/2 mile before taking the footpath to the left
Height to Climb: 123 ms (404 feet)
Terrain: Easy walking throughout, either on paths or country lanes
Eating & Drinking: The Fauconberg Arms is a traditional Yorkshire pub in Coxwold whilst the thirst may stop for a quick one at the Orchard Inn in Husthwaite
Similar Walks Nearby: Ash Dale from Helmsley
Sutton Bank & the White Horse
Places to Stay:


 Ford End B & B, Ampleforth


  1. Gill says:

    Walked this route at the weekend. I don’t think it is walked very often as there are places where there are no footpath markers. At one point the farmer has ploughed over the footpath completely!
    Like the previous reviewer we started in Husthwaite and had lunch in Coxwold.
    It is a lovely walk and more people need to complete it in order for the paths to stay open.

  2. Caroline says:

    Lovely sunny February day. Started in Husthwaite so that we could have lunch in the pub at Coxwold. Did the walk anti clockwise and thoroughly enjoyed it. Good views to the white horse and Byland abbey over pleasant footpaths and tracks. Not too muddy. Would recommend and plan to do it again sometime.

  3. Tracey says:

    I did this walk 2 weeks ago, lovely walk but the Orchard Inn in Husthwaite closed 2 years ago.

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