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Beverley Area Walks

The table below contains information on all walks centred in the beverley area. Click on any walk's name or reference code to see more details on the walk, including photos and a route map.


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Cherry Burton Station To Kiplingcotes Walk
Walk Name
Cherry Burton Station to Kiplingcotes Walk
Enjoy a linear walk on part of the former Beverley to Market Weighton railway line, now known as the 'Hudson Way' Rail Rail.
Circular Walk
Walk Type
  • Nature Trail and Country Park Walks
Ordnance Survey Explorer Map
Car Parking Facility
Roadside parking in Cherry Burton and car park at Kiplingcotes
Pubs in Cherry Burton and Etton
Public Conveniences
Londesborough Road in Market Weighton
Distance (Miles)
Distance (Kilometres)
  • Leave Cherry Burton by walking along Etton Road.
  • At the foot of the old railway bridge follow the grassy 'ramp' to the left to reach the Rail Trail.
  • As the Trail runs through the Wolds you leave the flat farmland behind and encounter both high windy embankments and sheltered cuttings.
  • Simply use the map to find your way along the former railway line past Etton Fields Farm.
  • Take care when crossing the road near Gardham as the embankment may hide you from drivers.
  • On arrival at the Kiplingtcotes Station site, turn around and walk back to Cherry Burton.  Alternatively, walk on to Market Weighton (please search for walk W6).
Start Point
Cherry Burton
End Point
Towns & Villages
Cherry Burton, Etton and South Dalton
ParishCherry Burton
Start Easting
Start Northing
End Easting
End Northing
Further Information
Features of Interest
-  Cherry Burton is an attractive little village just south of the railway line.  It derives its name from the old English name 'Bur-Tun', meaning 'fortified house'.  Originally, the village was called 'North Burton,' to distinguish it from the Burton to the south, Bishop Burton.  Why it became 'Cherry' rather than 'North' Burton is not very clear.  Can you find out why? 
-  To the north of the railway line is the site of the De Etton family castle, marked by a large mound and a well-defined ditch.  In 1066 the Manor houses at Etton, Cherry Burton and Market Weighton were held by Edwin and Morcar, two powerful Saxon nobles.  For their part in the rebellion of 1069-70 their lands were confiscated.  King William's brother, Robert of Mortain, seized the Manor at Cherry Burton without permission.  It was soon taken from him but in return he was granted that of Etton.  The nature of Norman presence is vividly displayed by the churches.  At Etton, the Norman church tower is large enough to have been a keep, and what they lacked in finesse the Normans made up for in sheer size. 
-  Earthworks of a medieval enclosure covering some two acres of land exist to the west of Etton village.  This land was granted to the Knights Templar by the De Etton family and formed part of the preceptory of Faxfleet.  The Templars were soldiers who took a monastic vow to serve God on the battlefields of the Holy Land.  In 1291, they were expelled from Jerusalem and returned to their estates in England and Europe, but in 1308 their order was abolished by the Pope. 
-  The line section between Gardham crossing and Kiplingcotes was designated a Local Nature Reserve in spring 2002.  This signals East Riding of Yorkshire Council's commitment to nature conservation and countryside access for all. 
-  The line is an important 'wildlife corridor'.  Members of the British Trust of Conservation Volunteers are studying the natural regeneration of Gardham Cutting.  On the south facing bank, which gets most sunlight and is hotter and drier, the long grass provides an important habitat for breeding insects, other invertebrate animals and small mammals.  The north-facing bank, which is subject to frost and damp conditions, is dominated by mosses.   
-  The site as a whole is of great biological value since much of the surrounding land has been intensively developed for crop production or pasture.  The track bed itself is heavily grazed by rabbits which keeps the grass low and allows flowering herbs to dominate. 
-  Typical flowers include basil, birds-foot trefoil, carline thistle, nodding thistle, doves-foot cranesbill and pink centaury.  These plants provide a vital feeding ground for butterflies and other winged insects.  If you sit or stand still for a while on a sunny summer day you will see all sorts of butterflies. 
Accessibility Information
This route:- 
-  is relatively flat. 
-  does not contain barriers. 
-  contains surfaces which can be boggy in wet weather. 
Additional Information
-  Alternative car parking is available on the wide grass verge where the Rail Trail crosses the lane between Etton and Gardham. 
-  When you reach the end of the route, turn around and retrace your steps back to the start.