Section 1: Boroughbridge to Thirsk

Boroughbridge – Thirsk (16 miles / 26 km)

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An easy days walk along flattish footpaths and quiet country roads, and through charming Vale of York villages.

Refreshments in Boroughbridge Helperby, Dalton and Thirsk

Accommodation in Boroughbridge, Dalton Sowerby and Thirsk

Public Conveniences in Boroughbridge and Thirsk.

This interesting day’s walk, starts on one river, the Ure, follows the Swale from its confluence, crosses the Vale of York and then continues along a tributary, Cod Beck.

The highlights on this section of the Swale Way are:

  • Two famous battlefields.
  • Parts of forgotten railways.
  • Second World War Airfields.
  • The picturesque village of Helperby, used in films and television programmes.
  • The historic Market Town of Thirsk and its association with James Herriot.