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Tadcaster and Newton Kyme Walk

Author - Andy Chaplin

Length - 6.1 miles / 9.9 km

Ascent - 270 feet / 82 metres

Grade - easy/mod

Start - OS grid reference SE485433
Lat 53.8836310 + Long -1.2636584
Postcode LS24 9UL (approx. location only)

The highlights of this North Yorkshire walk are the town of Tadcaster, St Mary's Church, the walk along the River Wharfe, the railway viaduct and the church and Hall at Newton Kyme. More information about all of these structures and other points of interest along the route can be found in the TWAW leaflet on which this walk is based. For more information go to tadwalks.org.uk/Smaws/route.html. The starting point for the Walkers Are Welcome walk is from the bus station in Tadcaster whereas this route starts from the free car park in the town centre (grid ref. SE485433).

From the car park walk towards the river bridge and church then follow the path (the Ebor Way) along the west bank of the river Wharfe. After just over two miles the path turns away from the river and passes the church and Hall at Newton Kyme. From the village follow Croft Lane westwards across the A659 then take Watson's Lane to Rudgate Lane crossing over the old Church Fenton to Harrogate railway line.

Rudgate Lane heads south to Smaws Quarry where you turn left and have some good views north across the Wharfe valley. Just before the old quarry site take the footpath eastwards past Smaws Wood to the houses at Smaws Court. Follow the road south around the houses to the A659 Leeds Road.

There is a good footpath back to Station Road which heads into the centre of Tadcaster - passing en route the third Tadcaster brewery - the Tower brewery (now operated by Molson-Coors. Bear right on Westgate and Kirkgate and you will return to the car park.

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