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