Castle at Sheriff Hutton

  • Castle ruins at Sheriff Hutton
  • Great views across the Vale of York
  • Large variety of wildlife

The ruins of Sheriff Hutton’s Neville Castle dominate this walk throughout, sitting as it is on a slight rise and still containing some impressive high walls. The history of the castle centred around its prominence in the War of the Roses, Warwick the Kingmaker owned  the lands around Sheriff Hutton, as did Richard Duke of York who stayed here many times as he plotted the Yorkist uprisings.

Now the ruins are privately owned and stand testament to a bygone age. The lands are largely farming lands but with excellent views across the Vale of York. It is good walking country with a fine network of paths (albeit muddy after rains) and I certainly enjoyed the peace and tranquility – I have to say that it makes me want to follow in my father’s footsteps and learn more about our birdlife.

Recommend: The castle reins supreme but it is worth visiting the 900 year old parish church of St Helen as well.

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Sheriff Hutton

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. 300 Howardian Hills & Malton Buy Map
Start Point: SE 650663. Park near the Highwayman and head west along the Foss Walk.
Height to Climb: 61 ms (200 feet)
Terrain: Mix of lanes and paths. The paths are prone to being muddy after heavy rain.
Eating & Drinking: The Highwayman in Sheriff Hutton serves traditional Yorkshire fodder and some good beer. It is closed on Monday. As does the Castle Inn.
Similar Walks Nearby: Terrington & the Wolds
Stonegrave & the Wye
Coxwold & Beacon Banks
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