Thirsk to South Kilvington Round

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Thirsk is a small market town in the Hambleton District of North Yorkshire, which is built around a large cobbled medieval market square. The market is still held every Monday and Saturday and on Bank Holiday Mondays the market fills the whole square and can be very busy. The market square is dominated by the town clock and many of the shops still have there original frontages. Thirsk is popular for tourists being attracted by the racecourse, which is a leading venue for horseracing on the flat in spring and summer, and also the nearby North York Moors. Thirsk is the home of the famous author James Herriot and his house and surgery are now the award winning museum the “World of James Herriot”, which is situated down Kirkgate. Thirsk is also the birth place of Thomas Lord, born in 1755 and was the founder of Lord Cricket ground and his birth place is now Thirsk Museum which is also situated in Kirkgate. The large Anglican Church built at the end of Kirkgate is the 15th century church of St. Mary’s and is a magnificent piece of mediaeval building with its 80ft tower is quite often called the cathedral of North Yorkshire because of its huge size, prominence and its fantastic perpendicular gothic architecture.

The river Cod Beck which flows from north of Thornton-le-Street through Thirsk to south of Sowerby is a wildlife haven to walk with all sorts of common and wild birds including various Finches and Tits, Robins, Rooks, Magpies, Pigeons, Grey Wagtails, Dippers, Herons, kingfishers, ducks and also a Mink we saw at the picnic area in Thirsk, as we will show you in our film, so make sure you take your camera, as you never know what you might see!

There is a walk around Thirsk and Sowerby called Thirsk and Sowerby past and present. This walk is about 3miles and takes in historical sites marked by 15 information boards.

We park down one of the streets near the swimming pool and the childrens park area and walk into the Market Place taking the street ahead called Kirkgate and follow this too St. Mays’s church. At the church we turn left and follow this round to pick the path up next to the cemetery taking us past the allotments and then into the fields. We go through six fields following the footpath signs, passing a pond on the left until we come to a cross roads of paths here we turn right on to the bridleway then go by Underwood Plantation on our right to the road (B1448). Cross over the road and take the path opposite go over the bridge near the weir and then turn right immediately after the next bridge, look out for the Dippers and Wagtails. We now follow the river Cod Beck on our right to Thirsk, watch out for the wild life. At Thirsk we go over the weir and then follow the river now on our left to a white iron bridge. Before the bridge we turn right into the picnic area, watch out for the Mink. Go through the picnic area and turn right at the road bridge taking us back to the Market Place and then make our way back to our car.


A nice easy flat walk.


Approx 4.5miles using OS map 302 Northallerton and Thirsk. (Can be walked quite easily without a map).


Thirsk is in the Hambleton District of North Yorkshire.


From York take the A19 to Thirsk. At Thirsk turn left at the second roundabout and this will take you to the centre. There is a car park but you can park in the Market Place or down a side street if you wish.

Toilets and Refreshments

In Thirsk there are two blocks of public toilets, one in the Market Place and the other near the car park. For refreshments there are plenty of pubs, cafes, bakeries and shops. There are no public toilets in South Kilvington but there is a pub for refreshments.

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