Look out for the Good Journey Mark – where car-free visitors are welcome and enjoy a discount
Explore the wooded wolds and the Howardian hills; take a mini train ride through landscaped gardens, a boat trip round the lake from a vine-fringed veranda, or a stroll by the flowery River Derwent. Malton, Yorkshire’s self-styled Food Capital, has some idyllic car-free trips to offer. Arrive by train and explore the culinary delights of this colourful market town before setting off westwards by bus to stately Castle Howard. Or east towards the sea on the regular Coastliner service to visit the unusual gardens at Scampston or to walk along the panoramic Wolds Way. Here are just three of Malton’s finest journeys.
1. Castle Howard by bus
Wander through rolling, eighteenth century landscapes, dotted with temples and pyramids; take a boat trip on the Great Lake or follow a trail through shady Ray Wood, past blazing rhododendrons and dappled glades of roses.
- Castle Howard is just a short ride away from Malton. The bus company that goes there is changing (Jan 2018), but – with luck – new journeys will soon be in place.
- The bus ticket gets you a discount on entry: £4 off the inclusive house and gardens tickets.
- Among the maze of woodland walkways, walled gardens, lakes and lawns, there are numerous options for tea at Castle Howard: choose a simple cardboard cuppa on the wooden veranda of the Boat House, with a vine-framed view of the lake, pre-book a sumptuous spread in the Grecian Hall or anything in between.
- A land-train (included in the entry ticket) collects weary wanderers from beside the lake every twenty minutes and takes them back up to the gates.
2. Scampston Gardens by Coastliner
Capability Brown’s park is full of classic eighteenth-century features: cascading lakes and reflected summerhouses. But inside tranquil, tree-lined brick walls, Piet Oudolf’s contemporary garden rooms are more unusual: geometric hedges, artfully naturalised perennials, and shady seats among rust-tinted, waving grasses.
- Scampston Park and Gardens are open April to October, Tuesday to Sunday, 10am-5pm and are well worth a visit (£9.50)
- Smart blue double decker Coastliner buses leave Malton bus station (Stand 1; two minutes from train station) every half hour (hourly on Sundays), heading for the seaside.
- After ten minutes, hop off at Scampston Lane End just after Rillington Village and stroll half a mile up Sands Lane to arrive at Scampston Hall.
- Have lunch in the Garden Café – food doesn’t come much fresher or tastier than this. The “gardener’s lunch” includes a generous salad with local ham, cheddar and pork pie; there’s delicious coffee from Roost in Malton and Wold Top Beers, brewed down the road near Hunmanby.