This a great place for
walking and from Hawnby you can head over
moorland to the picturesque Hambleton Hills.
An old drovers’ road leads to the summit of
Black Hambleton. At 1,257ft this offers
marvellous views over the Vale of York and
towards the Pennines. The village itself lies
on the River Rye and has a fine Norman church.
John Wesley preached here in 1757 and it gained a reputation for Methodism. Nearby Arden Hall is the seat of the Earls of Mexborough. Mary Queen of Scots stayed here briefly en route to her execution.