So much fun and has been recommended on the Chat Group several times.
Approach Yearsley (village) from Malton. No real signs for the woods but we stumbled upon some woods just before the village with a few vans parked on a wide grass verge on the left. There is an entrance here with a wide flat stoned road. When the track splits, take which way you wish and follow the track – it’s a 6km circular route that is all that great hard (and fairly dry) terrain, but quite hilly so fine for pushchairs and children on bikes who know where their brakes are, but perhaps not ideal for those without brakes or who haven’t mastered brakes yet! Also needed strong legs for some of the uphills as they’re quite long. Again, fine for a pram – they’re long hills rather than steep!
Alternatively, carry on and follow the postcode YO61 4SN and park at Windy Gates. Again flat stone roads good for push chairs and bikes. Again, there are more adventurous mountain bike routes off with coloured trails to follow. As you leave the parking area there is a route to the right which is again a circular route. We headed straight and found the smaller lake, turning left we then found the larger lake with a muddy walk back. The trails are visible on Google Maps. As above, if you stick to the hard flat stone roads, you are fine with a all terrain pushchair, if you plan venture off, I would suggest a carrier.
YO61 4SL – Well Lane – another place to park with easy access to the woods and the tracks to explore.
The Fairfax Arms, Gilling – to explore the other side of Yearsley Woods Parked opposite The Fairfax Arms Walk down the side of the Fairfax towards the village hall and playing fields. Watch out for the miniature railway. Headed onto the golf club grounds and up into the woods for a woodland walk around the golf course. Very quiet with uninterrupted views towards Ampleforth. Not a walk suitable for pushchairs but definitely can be done with a carrier.
Please note their are no facilities. If you wish to picnic, take a blanket. Lovely woods. Take wellies if there has been a lot of rain