This walk from Terrington, takes you on a good old stomp across the countryside. There isn’t anything particularly grand to see. Just fields, woodland, and a pig farm. It’s very different from anything I have done so far out here in Yorkshire. Usually there is something that wows me. Gorges, cliffs, valleys, ruins, peaks. However, that’s not to say it was bad. It was nice to do something a bit different. To just be out in the countryside.
What to expect on the circular walk from Terrington
The walk starts off taking you through the school grounds in Terrington, before you are off and away along the edges of some crop fields.
After a small uphill, you will follow the road, with wonderful views of the surrounding hills, to reach the pig farm.
Past the pig farm, you will enter the first lot of woods, with a little bit more uphill to reach the rugged track, where you have some nice level walking for a bit.
You will then descend back down through the woods, to make your way back to Terrington, walking through a mix of fields, woodland, and crop trails.
Once you get back to Terrington, you can pop into the village store to grab a freshly made pastry.
I passed zero people on this walk (except a couple of farmers, and the school children at the start in Terrington). So if you want peace and solitude, this is the walk for you.
How long is the walk?
The full circular walk from Terrington is 7 miles. It took me about 2h15min to complete.
Is the walk dog friendly?
There are no stiles, and I saw no loose livestock. The only thing is the pig farm.
Is the walk challenging?
The walk from Terrrington is pretty easy. Although there are a couple of hills, they aren’t aggressive. There is a little bit of overgrowth, but it also wasn’t really aggressive.
Near the end, there was a large area of stinging nettles, which had been freshly cut down. So I can’t say for sure if these beasts will have reclaimed the path when you do this walk. If they have, there is an alternate way you can walk back to Terrington, which I will show you when I describe the route below.
Straight after the Terrington walk, I headed over to Kirkham Priory, to try this river walk. If you want to see proper overgrowth, then that one has it. It’s in my top two walks of the worst overgrowth I have battled through.
Parking in Terrington
There is no car park in Terrington. You can just park on the roadside for free. Be mindful of where you park though, as it’s a residential area. Another thing to be mindful of, is which side of the road you park on. If cars are parked on both sides of the road, the road becomes too narrow for the tractors. There was one car that had done this when I was there, which caused a bit of havoc.
- Start/Finish: Terrington
- Where is it: Terrington is located in the Howardian Hills, North Yorkshire. Post code: YO60 6PP.
- Distance: 7 miles
- Time: 2h15min
- Terrain: Dirt, road, track, grass, some overgrowth
- Difficulty: Easy
- Amenities: The village store in Terrington has freshly made food, and picnic benches outside. Nothing for the rest of the walk.
- Time of year: I did this circular walk from Terrington in the summer
Map for the Terrington circular walk
You can find my more detailed rout map for the Terrington circular walk on Alltrails
Route description for the Terrington circular walk
From the main road through Terrington, walk along to find the side street that points towards the church. Keep going along the road, past the church, then take the little trail to the left of the house.
A short way along, walk through a couple of gates, and you will be in the Terrington School grounds. Head over towards the fields, and turn right, so you are walking with the wall to your right. You should see a trail sign here, pointing towards the Ebor Way.
I felt a little out of place walking through here. It was sports day. All the kids were racing, and all the parents were standing around the field. Here I am, a stranger with a big camera.
Not wanting to draw attention to myself, I made sure not to point it in the direction of any children, and hurried along to get to the gate at the end, to reach the crop field.
Walk through the crop fields
Past the Terrington School, walk through the gate, and follow the trail to the right. It will then curve to the left, taking you along the edge of the crop field. At the end of this field, follow the trail to the left, which will then take you along the edge of another crop field.
I felt very safe walking along here. Crops meant no cows. Then I saw the tractor in the distance. I immediately wondered if there was a farmer with a dog. I don’t have good experiences with farm dogs, and I started to feel less safe. So I picked up my pace to reach the gate at the end.
The overgrowth and hill
Through the gate, continue straight, now in a grass field, to reach the next gate. Now that there were two gates between me and the potential dog. I felt calm again.
Past this second gate, the trail is a little overgrown, as it leads you over a wooden bridge, and then to a strange slanting gate.
As I was approaching the gate, I wondered how it works. Like a normal gate? It’s not until you are right at it, that the actual gate appears to the left.
The trail will now take you uphill, with a lovely view to the undulating hills to the left.
Keep going up, to reach the gate, where you follow the yellow arrow pointing left.
After a little bit more uphill, you will reach the road, where you turn left.
It’s now more uphill (on a gentle gradient), with more lovely countryside field views to your left. Then when you reach the junction, continue straight.
The pig farm
Keep following this road, and it will lead you to the pig farm. As I was approaching, my nerves picked up again. Farm meant farm dog.
I looked around, planning my escape. The pigs. If the farm dog came for me, I would run and jump in with the pigs.
Once you reach the farm buildings, you should see a footpath sign, pointing ahead to the Centenary Way. Follow it.
The Centenary Way is a long distance walking path. You can also walk some of it on this Castle Howard walk.
This will lead you past the farm buildings, and along a track, past more pigs.
You know, I have never walked through a pig farm, and I’m not sure I want to again. The noises they make are quite aggressive. It reminded me of horror movies.
Then I saw a mass of squawking birds. Are birds a bad omen? The birds with the pig noises made me feel a little uneasy. I had a sense of impending doom.
When I had walked past the farm buildings a moment earlier, there was a farmer chopping wood with a chainsaw contraption. I started to envisage him catching me and chopping me up. Would this walk from Terrington be my end?
I knew I was being silly, and made a mental note to work on my anxiety….but I rushed along anyway, to avoid being ‘kidnapped and chopped up’.
Keep following the track, which then takes you up a hill. Then as it curves around to the right, follow the trail off it, through the grass to the left. This will lead you into the woods.
The woods start off level, then as you follow the arrows, you will make your way uphill a little more, to reach the track at the top.
At the top, turn right.
Keep following the track for some time now. Surrounded by trees, with some far away views to the left.
When you reach the road, cross over to continue on the track.
Then next bit is important. You need to make a right turn. It’s at the second trail post with arrows. There are no other distinguishable landmarks, everything is trees and bushes. Just remember, it’s the second post. Not the first.
Walk back towards Terrington
As you turn right here, you will now be looping to walk back towards Terrington. It’s a big downhill through woods to start, then when you reach the junction out of the woods, turn right, then left.
In the photo above, you are heading towards that trail you can see ahead to the right. This will lead you back into the woods.
At the next junction in the woods, take the right, where there may or may not be logs.
Keep going, following the arrow when you see it, and sticking to the main path.
You might walk past some teepees. I later discovered, that this is bushcraft.
Keep going, then when you see the trail offshoot to the right (in the photo below), take it.
This will lead you up a short hill, to reach the main path.
Don’t follow the sign to Terrington
At the main path, there is a trail signpost. Right points to Terrington, but don’t walk that way. Instead, turn left.
Following this path, keep a lookout for a small arrow sign on the right, then follow it downhill to reach the road.
Tow options to walk back to Terrington
At the road, turn right, then almost immediately left, onto the trail that runs along the edge of the field.
Keep following the edge of the woods, where there may be some more overgrowth in parts, all the way to reach the wooden gate.
Through the wooden gate, turn right, and head in a sort of diagonal left. Roughly your 11 o’clock. You might be able to make out the grass track further along.
This will lead you onto an obvious trail, then the wider path.
There are now two options to walk back to Terrington.
Through the gate on the right is option one. It’s the one with the stinging nettles.
If the nettles have regrown when you get there, you can brave it, or, stay on this main path to reach Ganthorpe. At Ganthorpe, follow the road right, and walk back to Terrington that way.
The final stretch of the Terrington circular walk
If you take the gate route, past the stinging nettle section, the trail will take you through the middle of crop fields. Keep following it straight.
This will lead you into a messy wood area, and then one final section of overgrowth, to reach the road.
At the road, turn right, following the sign to walk back to Terrington.