Car-free aroundMaltonYorkshire

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.

  • County: Yorkshire
  • Great for: gardens | good cafés and pubs | historic houses | walking |
  • Refreshments: great cafes at Scampston and Castle Howard; lots of choice in foodie Malton
  • Please note: researched/updated October 2017. If anything’s changed or you have tips to share, do get in touch: features@goodjourney.org.uk
  1. 3. Walk the Yorkshire Wolds Way

    There’s lovely countryside all round Malton. You can stock up at the bakery in Talbot Yard and head off beside the River Derwent for a picnic in the flowery meadows, or set off on a more ambitious hike…

    • A weekend’s walk away from the sea, Malton makes a fabulous base for sampling the Yorkshire Wolds Way, an 80-mile long-distance route from the Humber Bridge near Hull to the coast at Filey.
    • From Wintringham Lane End (next stop on the Coastliner after Scampston), ¾ mile gets you to the Wolds Way Lavender Farm, where you can sample gingery slabs of lavender cake and Yorvale ice creams in the café.
    • Joining the Wolds Way, ½ mile further on, admire the carvings in Wintringham Church
    • And climb up through the woods to an atmospheric hilltop artwork, drawing on the area’s bronze age past: red posts, a dew pond, a wildflower meadow and rows of carved, white figures.
    • The well-waymarked path runs, with staggering views, parallel with the Coastliner route (day rover tickets are £16 or £33 for groups of up to 5 people). So, when you’re tired, simply head for a village in the valley and hop on the bus back.
    • Sherburn and Ganton make good halfway points, with leafy pub gardens to drink in while you’re waiting for the bus.
    • From Filey, the last Coastliner home to Malton leaves at 5.09pm. Or it’s a 45-minute train ride back via Seamer.

Look out for the Good Journey Mark – where car-free visitors are welcome and enjoy a discount