- Parent Category: walking in england
centenary way 133km / 83 miles
starting in york and finish at filey brigg north yorkshire, england
York to Sherrif Hutton
The ruined building that you pass is the old tannery before arriving at the second bridge into Strensall
The minor tarmac road continues straight towards West Lilling. The road begins to raise before West Lilling and makes a right hand and then a left hand turn before entering the village. At the T junction cross the road and turn left up to a signed path off to the right.
Cross the road that leads to Sheriff Hutton Hall, go through the swing gate and across the duck boards. Keep to the edge of the field to a set of stiles and footbridge into another grass field.
Continue straight on to reach the Sheriff Hutton Cricket Club ground. The route goes between the hedge and the rope boundary before turning through the hedge just before the scoreboard.
The path now keeps to the left hand hedge to a metal farm gate and stile and onto the main road through Sheriff Hutton. Turn right along the pavement before turning right again into an enclosed path that then opens out into a grass field in front of the ruins of Sheriff Hutton Castle.
Sherrif Hutton to Terrington
7.5 kilometres / 4.7 miles 1 hour 45 mins
You leave Sheriff Hutton through a builders yard at the bottom of the lane before turning left along the field side to a field corner. The path heads slightly left across the field, dipping down to the road to Bulmer.
Turn right and then left onto Carr Lane, a wide stone track.
Shortly after joining Carr Lane the Centenary Way turns right into an arable field.
The path follows the right hand edge of the field to a footbridge over a small stream. Cross the bridge.
You are now about to cross a very special track made of fine sand. Beware of race horses as this is one of many training gallops in this area of North Yorkshire.
Cross the track and bear left heading towards the hedge in front of you. Take the wide grass track to the left of the hedge to the next more conventional farm track.
The Ebor Way leaves to the left whilst the Centenary Way heads across another arable field to the left hand corner of a small copse. There is a waymark pole with a yellow top indicating the way.
After crossing the field the path goes to the left then leaves the field edge up a slight rise onto a wide grass track. Turn left along the track as it rises up the bank and the views open up.
The Centenary Way leaves High Stittenham on a wide farm track having passed through wide field gates.
As it descends slightly the track divides and our route takes the left fork down to a field gate at the corner of Stittenham Wood.
Through the gate the path then follows the field fence on the right and descends to Mowthorpe Bridge
The path raises up the hill before turning right through another field gate. Note the grass strips in the fields to the right that have been allowed to grow free for conservation purposes.
A gradual slope brings you to a directional post. Turn left here keeping to the field edge and join the tarmac track from the right. Follow the track around to the left and up the slope. The track continues all the way to Terrington.
Terrington to Coneysthorpe
11.25 kilometres / 7 miles 2 hours 30 mins
The way continues up past the church and through an enclosed path out on to the Terrington School playing fields. At the end of the building on the right turn right, signposted Ebor Way, along the wall before descending via a series of steps on to a grass path. After a short while at a waymark the path turns left and starts a gradual descent into the valley bottom.
Cross the Wath Beck via a narrow footbridge and climb up Huskit Hill. Keep to the field edge up to a tarmac farm lane. Turn left and go up and over the bank. There are extensive views in all directions. The lane leads down and into the farmyard at Howthorpe Farm. Turn right through the farmyard and out down the sloping track to the bottom of the field where the Centenary Way takes the path to the left between the field edge to the left and stream to the right.
Go through two sets of gates and then cross the Wath Beck before turning right along the side of the beck into Hollin Hill Bog and Hollin Hill Plantation. The path emerges into an arable field. Turn right along the curving wide field margin until you reach a footpath gate.
Through the gate the path crosses a very wet valley bottom, past a magnificent tree and through another gate on the opposite side.
Passing through this gate the path now ascends up into Lodge Hag. At the top of the slope there is a junction of tracks. Continue straight on with the track continuing to climb and curve around to the left. As the track flattens out take the Centenary Way takes the next track to the right.
If its still there look at the horseshoe fungi on the dead tree. The track now curves around to the right and drops down to the Wath Beck again. The route crosses the beck via an old brick built bridge and then a grass field before entering Hollin Hill Plantation again. Joining a wide forest track the path now ascends again going directly over a crossroads and up to the top of the slope where there are extensive views over the valley towards the North York Moors.
The lower sections of this track can be very muddy after rain!
The Centenary Way continues to utilise this wide track all the way into Coneysthorpe Banks Wood having crossed the road from Slingsby to Castle Howard.
Coneysthorpe to Kirkham Priory
9.9 kilometres / 6.2 miles 2 hours 5 mins
walk to the bottom of the village, cross the road and turn left, walking along the pavement until you reach a large white footpath gate.
Once through the gate ignore the path to the left as the Centenary Way follows the wide stone track across two fields before bearing left across the meadow to reach a directional sign. The route turns left rejoining the stone track to Bog Hall.
Cross the stream and the track heads into Collier Hag Plantation and bends around to the right to Bog Hall. The Centenary Way zig zags left right between barns. Note the way mark signs on the open barn.
The way continues along the track as it leaves Bog Hall and continues to Low Gaterley with views of the Castle Howard Mausoleum off to the right. Approaching Low Gaterley turn right in front of the metal and wooden barn and gently climb up to a tarmac road.
Turn right again and continue along this road until you reach a directional signpost and a track again gently sloping up to the left. Follow this green track up to East Moor Banks. Shortly after entering the wood the Centenary Way turns left along a wide forest track.
Kirkham Priory to Malton
10 kilometres / 6.2 miles 2 hours 10 mins
Malton to North Grimston
9.1 kilometres / 5.7 miles 1 hour 55 mins
North Grimston to Thixendale
10.2 kilometres / 6.3 miles 2 hours 30 mins
The walk turns left onto a minor road to take you all the way to Birdsall Wold. As you enter the lower end of the village cross over onto the pavement and continue up to the next junction. Keep to the main road as it bends around first to the left and then right up into the higher end of the village.
Turn left opposite the estate office along the road out of the village. Keep to the road as it makes a 90 turn right.
A gentle slope then takes you up to the next bend in the road where the path leaves the tarmac onto a farm track.
From Toisland Farm utilise the farm track up to a T junction and turn left.
Follow this track to the point at which it turns left. This is where the Centenary Way meets the Wolds Way for the first time.
The Centenary Way turns left here through a small coppice hiding earthworks before emerging onto a grass track. This well defined track rises slightly before dipping to a stile and separate gate for those with large animals.
The views over the Wolds open up across Cow Wold. Drop down into Vessay Pasture Dale keeping the fence to your left. The track curves around to the right in the valley bottom. Go through the gate and go up to the left to another gate.
Pass through and go right up Vassey Hill to another gate into an arable field. Keep to the right edge of the field as it rises on to Cow Wold.
In the corner of the field turn left and continue on the wide path, past a small pit full of scrap up to a very elaborate stile to get to the farm track on the other side of the fence?
This track is now followed to the small coppice where the track splits into two, one going to the left to Cow Wold Barn and the other to the right down to a field gate and on all the way into Thixendale
Thixendale to Wharram le Street
8.6 kilometres / 5.3 miles 1 hour 55 mins
Go along the lane past the Cross Keys to the field gate entrance to the field containing Thixendale Cricket Club.
Pass between the club house and the pitch before taking the path rising slightly to the left.
You are heading for the signpost and stile straight ahead of you.
Continue along the well defined path to join a farm track heading into the dip. You can see the gate through which the path goes to the left.
Once through the gate the path climbs up the bank and then traverses along the top edge of Court Dale to then turn right into the corner of the field to another gate.
The Centenary Way joins the track in front of you and slopes up the left hand edge of the field to a T junction at the top of the field. Turn left here and keep on this track.
The next T junction rejoins the Centenary Way with the Wolds Way. Turn left and walk along the top edge of Deepdale
Wharram le Street to Wintringham
Take the wide forest track to the right of the trig point and enter Beacon Wold Plantation
The path turns right onto a smaller track and flattens out before making a tight left hand turn to continue the descent.
The path emerges from the wood to diagonally descend a steep bank to the end of a track. The track turns to tarmac and heads towards Wintringham.
Wintringham to Ganton
14.43 Kilometres / 8.97 miles 3 hours 18 mins
Ganton to Filey Brigg
19.85 kilomeres / 12.34 miles 4 hours 25 mins
connecting with the Cleveland Way Stage 9