White Horse and Kilburn Woods

White Horse and Kilburn Woods

White Horse and Kilburn Woods

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White Horse and Kilburn Woods
Distance:2 miles
Duration:1 hour
Level of walk: EasyView Walks Key
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Download this walk onto your GPS or phone (.gpx file)Why you should do this walk…
If you and your pooch love a short sharp start to to get the blood pumping, then this little walk is for you.  Once you’ve done the climb, you are rewarded with superb views of the Vale of York and there are even some woods for you to explore on the way down.What else you need to know

How to get there – From A19 York to Thirsk road, follow signs to Kilburn then brown signs direct you to the White Horse car park

Suggested map – OS Explorer OL26 North York Moors Western

Car park – free and at the start of the White Horse Bank Walk

Start – marker for White Horse Bank Walk

Length/time – 2 miles, takes up to 1 hour

Terrain/difficulty – EASY – steep steps, with a hand rail, but after the initial climb it’s all level and then downhill

Dog friendliness – good, if your dog like jumping up steps, which Izzy does. There are no stiles.

Food and drink – there are refreshments available in Kilburn.  The charming T café at The Mouseman Visitor Centre has a comfortable covered area with heaters at the back where you and your dog can enjoy a break and the Foresters Arms is dog-friendly. See Directories for details.

Public toilets – available for patrons of the pubs and cafés in Kilburn.

Other interesting info:

The White Horse is a figure in the hillside of Sutton Bank and was made by removing the top soil to show the limestone underneath.  The horse covers about 1.6 acres and on a clear day can be seen from north Leeds.

The Walk

  1. From the car park, follow the sign for the White Horse Bank Walk at the bottom of the stone steps. Head up the steps, some are quite steep and the smallest of dogs may struggle but Izzy had a go good and she really enjoyed it!  There are great views behind you across the Vale of York as the White Horse itself comes into view to the left.
  2. At the top of the steps, pause and turn left to look down on the top edge of the White Horse itself and enjoy the panoramic views to the west. Continue along the path, keeping the carving to the left. Close up the White Horse is disappointing – views are far more rewarding from the approaches. There is a roped fence to your left, keep ahead – ignoring another path to your right, dogs will be fine off the lead but beware the end of the runway belonging to the gliding club. It is a good idea to keep Pooch under close control or on a lead here – especially when the winch is despatching gliders into the sky.
  3. On reaching the glider information sign to the right, a red way-marked post points the way along a path to the left heading downhill into the trees.  Head down the rocky eroded path with a fence to the right and trees to the left. The path levels as it passes through a wooded area.
  4. Keep ahead all the way to the car park where the walk began.

There is a large grassy picnic area with tables and seats in the car park, where dogs can have a romp around.


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