Thorpe Basset Round

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This village was once much bigger than it is now. When enclosures were made in the 18th Century there were 17 families living here. This is an agricultural village which once had a school, post office and pub, The Royal Oak Inn. Only the school building is still surviving the pub and post office has long gone. The All Saints Church is partly of Norman architecture but is mainly a result of restoration in 1879-1880. The large rectory was built in 1860 and is Victorian semi-gentry for the Rectors of that time. In the last century most of the land was owned by Sir George Chumley of Wintringham and today is owned by the Chumley Estate, which is situated at the other side of Rillington.

We park at the church and walk down the road to the edge of Thorpe Bassett village here we take the bridleway on the left, opposite a farm, towards Wintringham. When we come to a farm road we turn right and follow the road to the bottom of Bassett Brow. We climb up steeply to the top and walk into the wood following the path for a short way, we come to a t-junction we turn right after another short way we then turn left which takes us to the road. We then turn right onto the road, past the water tower shed and Settringham Beacon and stay on the road until we reach Wold House, here we turn right at the footpath, going up and over the field. We then come to a derelict farm building going left then right round the back of the building. We now go steeply down Bassett Brow and follow the footpath signs to a farm track here we turn left past Milbank House then right on to the road which takes you back through Thorpe Bassett to the church where we parked.


Mostly flat walking. There is one steep incline and one steep decline at Bassett Brow.


6miles using OS map 300.


Thorpe Bassett near Rillington – North Yorkshire. Start at the church between Rillington and Thorpe Bassett.


From York take the A64 to Scarborough until you come to the start of Rillington take the first right to Thorpe Bassett.

Toilets and Refreshments

No public toilets. Nearest pubs, shop, fish and chip shop are in Rillington.

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