Where is this walk?

Arden Hall and Coomb Hill

August 9, 2017

From Hawnby the walk heads past Arden Hall and Coomb Hill. There is plenty of lovely woodland to enjoy and later in the walk some good views over the Hills over Hawnby.

The Walk

Hawnby is a quiet village set in a very peaceful part of the North York Moors. Any walking from the village is only ever disturbed by pheasant, sheep and the possibility of a farm tractor. The woodland walking is interesting. In addition the riverside section towards the end of the walk provides a lovely contrast to what has gone before. However I did particularly enjoy the splendid Arden Hall and its grounds where it is pleasant to be able to follow a recognized path and nor feel you are trespassing!

Arden Hall is probably most famous for being one of the (many) places Mary Queen of Scots stayed on the way to her execution. Today it is owned by Lord and Lady Mexborough. Fortunately they have kept the Grade 2 listed building and gardens in an excellent condition. Before arriving at the hall enjoy the walk through the woods of Coomb Hill.

It is countryside to take time and look around, there are plenty of paths to follow and surprises along the way. The views over Hawnby Hill in good light are very enjoyable.


Before arriving at the hall take time to visit All Saints Church. It is one of the most attractive in the entire North York Moors.

Navigation Tips Arden Hall and Coomb Hill

Take the bridlepath that leaves the road just after a pleasant packhorse style bridge. It is signposted although looking over the fields it is difficult to see a path on the ground. Aim for the woods to the south of Coomb Hill. Incidentally it is the law that there is a finger signpost when a public right of way leaves a road.

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