Set in beautiful gentle countryside while bordering the North Yorks Moors, Coxwold is an ideal place to take short or long walks and experience the delights of the area. All these walks start from the Village centre and most are circular so you can return to the Village for a well-earned rest and refreshment in the Rumah Homes Tearooms or the Fauconberg Arms. So why not try one of our walks here and explore the area with us?
Coxwold is served by four bus routes, so you can leave your car at one of the towns near the Moors, or bring your car and, after exploring Coxwold's walks, take a bus to find more walks further afield.
Here 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.
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
Walk 1. Oulston and Pond Head Reservoir (approx. 8.5 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 good picnic spots.
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.
Walk 3. High Leys (approx. 2.5 miles/1.5 hours)
A route which includes sight of Newburgh Priory and then an ascent to High Leys Farm, from where there are superb views back across to Coxwold, to the White Horse of Kilburn and further to the Pennines. It will take just over an hour, ideal for a summer's evening to watch the sun go down. A moderate climb on a metalled road to the farm, then having marvelled at the view, a descent across the fields, which can be muddy after rain.
Walk 4. Beacon Banks and Husthwaite (approx. 5.3 miles/3.25 hours)
A varied walk, passing Newburgh Priory then climbing to the Beacon Banks triangulation pillar before dropping to Husthwaite Village and returning to Coxwold over gently rolling farmland. Superb views from Beacon Bank, and a surprise cafe for refreshment.
Walk 5. Scotch Corner Chapel and Yorkshire Gliding Club (approx 11.1 miles/6 hours)
This varied walk crosses rolling farmland and includes Byland Abbey, Mount Snever Observatory, Yorkshire Gliding Club, and Scotch Corner Chapel. There are fine views of the Coxwold-Gilling Gap, much of Yorkshire and numerous points of interest. It is well marked at gates and junctions.
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