The Howardian Hills
The Howardian Hills, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is a distinctive area of well-wooded countryside rising between the flat agricultural plains of Pickering and York.
Jurassic limestone gives the landscape its character. It contains a rich tapestry of wooded hills and valleys, pastures and rolling farmland, as well as dramatic views from the higher ground across the agricultural fields.
The Howardian Hills offer endless opportunities to explore on bike or by foot with miles of footpaths and bridleways to discover.
Castle Howard lies at the heart of the region and is the perfect base, with plentiful free parking and bike racks as well as free admission to the Stable Courtyard, its shops, cafés and toilet facilities.
A selection of downloadable walking and cycling routes are available below, find more walking and cycling circuits on the Howardian Hills website.