6 great walks near the Howardian Hills
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Although the Howardian Hills have been officially designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty for a quarter of a century they are often overlooked by the nearby North York Moors and Yorkshire Wolds when walking in Yorkshire.
Hovingham lies on the eastern edge of the Howardian Hills and this walk explores a series of shy valleys and neat villages, plump farms and hanging woodlands.
The mysterious City of Troy maze is one of only eight of its kind in the country and is thought to have been created by Viking settlers, this intriguing place is a focal point of this walk through the hills.
Castle Howard is probably the most likely reason to visit the area and this walk allows you to experience the wonderful views in and around the grounds of one of Yorkshire's finest country houses.
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This walk follows the peaceful Derwent for its first part before visiting the seldom-seen hamlet of Howsham then makes a leisurely woodland return.
Is actually within the North Yorks Moors but lies at the border between the National Park and Area of Natural Beauty, this walk takes in four delightful villages and some gentle countryside with sweeping views of the Vale of York and the escarpment of the moors around the White Horse.
Sheriff Hutton is just a couple of miles outside the boundaries of the Howardian Hills, This walk starts in the shadow of the castle ruins before climbing the escarpment to enjoy extensive views over the surrounding hills and plain.