Nunnington to Harome Round
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Nunnington is a lovely village built on a hill with the River Rye running through it. In Nunnington there is the Royal Oak Inn which does good meals and there are the Studios which are open to the public if you wish to look round, but have limited opening hours. Also there is Nunnington Hall, a big country house which is owned and managed by the National Trust, this is also open to the public between 27th February to 31st October, Tuesday to Sunday 11am-5pm and 6th November to 19th December Saturdays and Sundays only 11am-4pm and Bank Holiday Mondays last admissions 30mins before closing. Admission fee is adult £6, child £3 and family £15. The Hall is a combination of 17th and 18th century work and most of the building seen today was created during the 1680s. Laying in the valley of the River Rye the stone bridge over the river separates the grounds from the village. The Hall stands within 8acres of organically managed grounds. The Walled Garden has lawns, orchards, rose beds, mixed borders, a tea garden and an Iris garden. The orchards are meadows of wildflowers such as Cowslips, Primroses and Buttercups etc. Peacocks are another feature of the gardens and can often be heard.
Nunnington Hall is also wheelchair accessible, but please ask for assistance, with limited parking they do have a drop-off point. The grounds are partly accessible due to grass and loose gravel paths and slopes. There are public toilets at the rear of the building.
Harome is just another lovely village on the River Rye with two pubs, two churches, a shop, thatched cottages and a duck pond with ducks, geese and moorhens. At the side of the duck pond is a public footpath where there are farmed fallow deer in a fenced off field. Do take a look.
We park at the side of the road in Nunnington near Nunnington Hall and walk through to the end of the village. We take the signed footpath and walk along the side of the River Rye, watch out for the wildlife, passing an old footbridge then going over the next one we then turn left leaving the river. We walk past the small wood on our left and then bear left and immediate right, now with a small wood on our right, look out for the deer, at the end of the wood we turn right to the end of the field and then go through a gate on our right and over the field to the bridge on the left. We go over the bridge and bear to the left over the field to a stile we are now back to the river side and follow the river until we come to the old railway line and go underneath the right hand arch way. We then go forward still following the river to another bridge. We bypass this bridge and carry on to Hall Lane passing Harome Sidings. At the end of the lane we take the road to the left taking us into Harome. We pass the old mill and water race and two thatched cottages before we reach the duck pond. At the duck pond, turn left if you want to see the fallow deer in a field on you left and then come back to the pond, with the Pheasant Inn on our right and the church on our left we walk through the village until we come to a thatched cottage here we turn right, go round the bend to the right then go over the still opposite the Methodist Chapel. We carry on through the length of the field over a stile through the next field over the bridge and turn left. We follow the beck then just before Crook House Farm we turn right along a hedge then left, over a field, then take the path on the right and follow this back to Nunnington.
An easy flat walk along the River Rye.
Approx 6.75miles using OS map OL26
Nunnington is in the Ryedale District of North Yorkshire.
From York take the A64 towards Scarborough and take the B1248 for Malton then take the B1257, going over the A64, follow this road through Hovingham then take the next right to Nunnington. Go up the steep hill then take the second on the left to park at the road side in the village.
Toilets and Refreshments
There are no public toilets Nunnington or Harome.
For refreshments there is the Royal Oak Inn at Nunnington and the Pheasant Inn and the Star Inn at Harome.
At Nunnington Hall there are public toilets and wheelchair access for Nunnington Hall visitors.