Walks around Coxwold
Monday July 13, 2020

Coxwold Village - Pastures and Moors

Coxwold offers an abundance of walks starting by the Village Hall, whether you are a dedicated 12-miles a day walker or someone who likes a stroll after lunch or dinner in the evening.

coxwold map for websiteHere is a map of the Village which you may download and find useful in that stroll!  It will soon be accompanied by some notes, taken from the Coxwold Booklet, which describe some of the features of the prominent buildings in the Village.


Start walking!

There are many walks around the village, suitable for all ages and abilities.  Walks in the list below have been compiled by local people who know the area well.  Further walks will be added in due course.  If you find any errors, or if changes have been made to the walks, we would like to hear from you so we can update the guides.  Please get in touch at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  And if you have any pictures on the walk that you would like to see in future editions please send them too! (.jpegs, 600 x 400 pixels at 72ppi max).

Walk 1.  Oulston and Pond Head Reservoir (approx. 8.6 miles/5 hours)
This pleasant walk meanders through the hinterland of Newburgh Priory, through small farmsteads and into forested land surrounding Oulston Reservoir.  There are some fine views, much tranquillity, and a prime picnic spot on the reservoir dam.  There is some road walking in the second half of the route.

Walk 2.  Snever Observatory and Byland Abbey (approx. 8.5 miles/5 hours)
This varied walk crosses rolling farmland to the village of Oldstead and the Black Swan, its Michelin-starred pub and restaurant.  It then climbs to Mount Snever Observatory from which superb views of the Vale of York are to be had.  The descent is by way of Byland Abbey, from where the route swings back to Coxwold.  There are fine views of the Coxwold/Gilling Gap, of the Yorkshire plain, and numerous other points of interest. It is not always well marked at gates and junctions near the top of the ridge.