Local Walks

thornton steward heritage trail and walks bookletA small booklet, the ‘Thornton Steward Heritage Trail and Walks’, evolved from a Parish Appraisal, undertaken in 2001 as a joint venture between the Parish and the Institute. Copies are available in the Institute, price £3.00  plus Tea, Coffee and  Toilet facilities.

As well as setting out the history and identifying the heritage assets of the area, four walks are described in detail and these have been reproduced here.

Starting points for the walks are marked on the Heritage Trail Map. (Click for a larger version.)




Click on the links below to see full details of each walk.

Walk No. 1 - The Classic

A much-loved circular walk of approximately 8 miles, taking in Kilgram Bridge, Jervaulx Abbey, the Cover Bridge Inn and Danby Park. (Click here to link to a website showing photographs of the beautiful views which can be enjoyed along the way.)

Walk No. 2 - The Cover Bridge Pint!

A short walk (2½ miles each way) offering magnificent views along Wensleydale towards Penhill. Starting from the village, the route descends to the Church of St. Oswald’s and goes through the pasture and parkland of Danby Hall to the Cover Bridge Inn.

Walk No. 3 - Thornton Steward Reservoir

A short walk (3 miles approximately) up to and around the reservoir, returning the same way, with magnificent panoramic views of Wensleydale. As well as a variety of birdlife, there is fishing and dinghy sailing to watch in season and wooden tables for a picnic en route.

Walk No. 4 - Thornton Steward Reservoir to Finghall

A short (3 mile) walk with magnificent panoramic views over agricultural land to Finghall and the Queens Head pub, with a return by the same route to the reservoir. 

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