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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 or bus and enjoy culinary delights in this colourful , bunting-strung 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 great day trips from Malton, which makes an idyllic base for a staycation - scroll to the bottom for a couple of tips about buses and places to stay.

  • 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 November 2023. If anything’s changed or you have tips to share, do get in touch:
  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 843 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. So, when you’re tired, simply head for a village in the valley and hop on the bus.
    • Sherburn and Ganton make good stopping points, with leafy pub gardens to drink in while you’re waiting.
  1. Buses and places to stay and eat.

    Here are a few more tips if you’re planning a staycation in the Malton area.

    • If you’re planning a lot of bus journeys, especially if you’re catching the bus all the way from York, there are Daytripper Plus tickets that give you unlimited travel. They are particularly good value for groups.
    • There are several good places to stay in Malton. The smell of roasting coffee and baking bread fill the brick-walled yard opposite the Talbot Hotel in Malton, an old coaching inn with log fires, riverside gardens. The Talbot’s restaurant serves seasonal, local produce, including beef from Water Edge farm and tangy sorbet from Groovy Moo Gelato over the road.
    • For a cheaper option, the Wentworth Arms has twins rooms. It’s a half hour stroll through town from the station but is right next to the Old Malton School bus stop, where bus 840 stops so very handy if you’re walking the Wolds Way.