Leavening Brow & Kirkham Gorge Route

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About

South and east of the Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, sweeping views unfold as the Yorkshire Wolds begin to impose themselves upon the landscape. Leaving Malton and Norton, the climb up the western escarpment of the Wolds to Leavening Brow is rewarded with a superb view across the Howardian Hills to the North York Moors and the distant Pennines. Cyclists can then enjoy the initially steep and undulating descent – via tucked-away village pubs – into Kirkham Gorge, where the remains of Kirkham Priory (English Heritage) sit peacefully beside the River Derwent.

About this cycle route

Route type: Road route

Distance:19 miles (31km)

Time: 3 hours

Start point: Malton Market Place

Grid Ref: SE 785 717

OS Map: Ordnance Survey 300

Refreshments:Pubs in Leavening, Burythorpe, Westow and Kirkham; drinks and snacks at Kirkham Priory


Road route, for road bikes and hybrids.

Be prepared for ascents and descents as you negotiate the western edge of the Yorkshire Wolds and the section down in the Derwent valley. In particular, it's a long climb up to Leavening Brow (lowest gears after Birdsall estate village), and then an initially steep and winding descent west towards the River Derwent.

Route credits
Thanks to our partners, the Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Sustrans, who devised and produced the route and downloadable guide. This route is also available on the Howardian Hills AONB website.

Route highlights!

•Kirkham Priory is a good picnic spot – and you could start the route from here instead
•Majestic Birdsall House, originally built in the 16th century
•Take a break at the pedestrian suspension bridge over the River Derwent at Huttons Ambo

Facilities

Parking

  • Parking with charge

Routes

  • Accessibility of route - Easy to access.
  • Description of route - Be prepared for ascents and descents as you negotiate the western edge of the Yorkshire Wolds and the section down in the Derwent valley.
  • Length of route (miles) - 19
  • Typical duration of route - 3 hours

Map & Directions

Public Transport Directions

Accessible by Public Transport: Malton station is 0 miles away.

Leavening Brow & Kirkham Gorge Route

Type:Cycle Route

Leavening Brow & Kirkham Gorge Route, The Market Place, Malton, YO17 7LX
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Season (1 Jan 2020 - 31 Dec 2020)

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