Easby Abbey and Richmond Castle

A short circular walk along the banks of the River Swale with the chance to explore Easby Abbey, Richmond Castle and the lovely market town of Richmond.
Lots to see and do and you can make a short walk into a full day out. Great Ice cream parlour in the Old Railway Station for the return leg.
About 2 hours for the actual walking but longer if you are exploring.

Technical sheet
No. 3154304
A North Yorkshire walk posted on 18/04/20 by Alwayswiththehills. Update : 25/05/20
Calculated time Calculated time: 1h50[?]
Distance Distance : 5.7km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 75m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 75m
Highest point Highest point : 136m
Lowest point Lowest point : 88m
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : North Yorkshire
Starting point Starting point : N 54.397307° / W 1.715661°
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From the B6271 between Richmond and Brompton on Swale turn off for Easby / Easby Abbey. There are a few parking places beside the abbey which is where this walk starts. If the car park is full you can find a few places on the roadside verge but please park sensibly and do not block the narrow road.

(D/A) From the parking, walk down the lane with the church of St Agatha on your right. (If open the church is worth a visit for the medieval frescoes that are partially intact).

(1) Continue to the gate in the fence and then explore the remains of the abbey. When you have finished return past your car, turn left and walk up the road with the ruined gatehouse on your right to a signposted path/drive on the left directly in front of some trees.

(2) Turn left along the drive and follow the path which soon cuts off left and descend diagonally across a field to the river. The path enters some more trees and follows the river passing through woodland and fields to join a road. Look out for the Drummer Boy stone and keep straight on, along the road, to arrive at a turning on the left. (There is the outer corner of a stone wall ahead of you and on the other side the graveyard of St Mary the Virgin) Turn left (Lombards Wynd) and walk down to the main A6136 road.

(3) Cross the A6136 carefully and enter a park on the other side. This is known at The Batts, follow the path to the river and along to some obvious parking beside the waterfalls. (Public Toilets). Head uphill beside the toilets, Riverside Road, and turn left at the fork (note this fork for the way back) onto Millgate. Walk up Millgate to where it bends to the right.

(4) On your left and above you is Castle Terrace, take the steps on the left up and walk along the narrow Tower Street to the next junction. The entrance to Richmond Castle is on your left.
Explore the castle, then if you have time walk into the town and explore that too. When you want to head back retrace your footsteps back to Millgate, walk down and turn left at the fork mentioned above onto Park Wynd, Then after about 30m turn right onto the path leading back down to the park beside the river. Walk across the park to the A6136 (3) Cross the road carefully, turn right and walk over the bridge. Then turn left into the carpark for the public swimming baths and old railway station.

(5) Walk in front of the station (it is open and now has a selection of small shops including a microbrewery and an ice cream parlour) and follow the path of the old railway line with the river on your left. The path leads you pleasantly through light woodland to cross an old railway bridge. After the bridge, it joins a narrow road, Love Lane.

(6) Turn left and follow Love Lane back to your car.

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. 92m - Parking
1 : km 0.1 - alt. 89m - Gate
2 : km 0.6 - alt. 107m - Path
3 : km 2.06 - alt. 106m - A6136
4 : km 2.77 - alt. 127m - Castle Terrace
5 : km 3.82 - alt. 99m - Station
6 : km 5.19 - alt. 93m - Love Lane
D/A : km 5.7 - alt. 92m - Parking

Useful Information

There is plenty of shelter along this walk, either in the ruins of the abbey or castle or in the town. Thus it is a good choice for a showery day as you can dodge between the showers and sun.

The footpath through the woods can be a bit muddy after rain so be prepared for that but walking boots are not required for this. Trainers or approach shoes will suffice.

Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

During the walk or to do/see around

St Agatha's Church and its medieval frescoes
Easby Abbey (Free Entry) https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visi...
Richmond Castle (Entry Fee) https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visi...
The Green Howard's Museum (Entry Fee) https://greenhowards.org.uk/ (In the museum you can learn about the legend of the Drummer Boy, you pass a stone marking this local legend on the first part of the walk)
The Georgian Town of Richmond.
The shops in the Old Station and the excellent ice-cream

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