Great Givendale

Great Givendale - New Photographic Walks 2017
Great Givendale is about 30 minutes drive from York along the A166. At the top of Garrowby Hill there is a tall metal radio mast on the left. Opposite this is a turning for Great Givendale. There is parking space (marked in red on this map) for 2-3 cars on the left as you reach the village.

Walk another 50 yards and turn left down the lane. At the bottom of the lane, turn right to pass the beautiful old church on your right, in its charming country setting. Walk along the field past the ponds on your right and then down the lane for about 100 yards and take the right fork down the hill. This path goes through 5-bar gates into a long meadow. At the bottom of the hill, a wooden bridge crosses Whitekeld beck. You can cross the beck and up the hill to follow the Minster Way but I turned left through the 5-bar gate 50 yards before the beck. This follows a farm track along a meadow down the the ponds in Whitekeld Dale. In summer, the meadow is full of wild flowers and several species of butterflies. However, I was there on a sunny afternoon in January and these photos show the low winter sun. The walk marked here in purple is about 1.5k each way but you can easily extend this walk down the Minster Way to the charming village of Millington and on summer week-ends there is a small cafe (with toilet) open. The distance from Great Givendale to Millington is about 3k.

You can view the whole map on the OS website here:,453814&st=4&mapp=idld.srf&searchp=s.srf&dn=756&ax=481127&ay=453814&lm=0

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