A short walk from Coxwold and Beacon Banks to Husthwaite is a pleasant way to spend a few hours. The walk is along pleasant lanes and easy paths.
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 Ordnance Survey failed to put their trig point at the highest point and why a large llama farm is situated here are just two intrigues on this pleasant walk.
There was a recent mass planting of trees (2015) which may yet obscure some of the best of the views. I did return in 2019 and the views are still impressive.
Just be on the look out for footpath signs whilst walking on the roads. All footpaths that leave roads/tarmac must legally have a signpost.
We set off from the Fauconberg Arms in Coxwold. The walk itself is lovely with beautiful views of the White Horse but, echoing some of the other comments, the paths are not well marked in places. This created a bit of confusion and an Indiana Jones moment where we thought about jumping the beck until an erstwhile hidden bridge appeared in the distance like a mirage. There was also some barbed wire to navigate but I fear we may have strayed from the advertised route. However, the pint at the end was worth it.
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.
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.
I did this walk 2 weeks ago, lovely walk but the Orchard Inn in Husthwaite closed 2 years ago.
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