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Beverley Area Walks

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C54 - Of Castles and Kings
Summary
Walk Name
Of Castles and Kings
Ref
C54
Stroll beside the site of a castle and a deserted Medieval village.
Details
Circular Walk
Yes
Grade
Easy
Walk Type
  • Easy Walks
Ordnance Survey Explorer Map
293
Car Parking Facility
Roadside parking in Leconfield (Main Street or Old Road)
Refreshments
Shop in Leconfield and shops and pubs in Beverley
Public Conveniences
Various sites in Beverley
Distance
Distance (Miles)
3
Distance (Kilometres)
4.8
Description
  • Keep your eyes to the ground and you may see the castle site.  Look up and you may spot the RAF's Sea King helicopter flying from its Normandy barracks base down the road.
  • Take the public footpath almost opposite Arram Road and head off into the fields.  Fieldside paths lead to the old moat  and the site of the Percy family's castle.
  • Continue along the path and then pass by the mounds of the lost village of Raventhorpe.
  • Retrace your steps or carry on past Rose Cottage Farm.  Walk along Rose Lane and Miles Lane to return to the start.
  • If you fancy a little more leg stretching, turn left at Miles Lane to join the Hudson Way Rail Trail and walk a way towards Beverley, or Cherry Burton.  Take care as the access point is on a bend in the road, and drivers may not see you.
Map(s)
Location
Start Point
Main Street or Old Road, both in Leconfield
End Point
Main Street or Old Road, both in Leconfield
Towns & Villages
Leconfield
ParishLeconfield
Start Easting
501,184.00
Start Northing
443,693.00
End Easting
501,184.00
End Northing
443,693.00
Further Information
Features of Interest
-  You will pass the site of Leconfield castle and the lost village of Raventhorpe.
Accessibility Information
This route:- 
 
-  is relatively flat. 
 
-  contains a mixture of stiles and gates. 
 
-  may involve walking through fields with livestock. 
 
-  crosses at least one road. 
 
-  contains surfaces which can be boggy in wet weather. 
Additional Information
-  Normandy Barracks occupies the former R.A.F. Leconfield, which was one of many airfields built in the mid-1930s.  The first aeroplanes to use the base were Heyford biplanes in 1937, but with the start of WWII various squadrons of Spitfires and Hurricanes were stationed there.  Towards the end of the war bomber squadrons of Blenheims and Halifaxs arrived.  At the end of the War the station became the Central Gunnery School which, after 10 years, developed into the Fighter Weapons School with Meteor F8s.  In 1957, it again became a front line fighter station with Hunters and Javelins from 1957 and Lightnings from 1961.  These were eventually phased out and the base passed to the Army on 1st January, 1977, and was renamed Normandy Barracks.   
 
-  Today the base is home to the 202 Search and Rescue Helicopter Squadron; bright yellow choppers can often be seen rising from the base.  Normandy Barracks is now the home of the Army School of Mechanical Transport. 
 
-  In the 14th and 15th centuries, Leconfield castle was the principal Yorkshire seat of the Percy family, Earls of Northumberland.  In the reign of James I, the castle was dismantled and materials taken from it to build the fortified manor house at Wressle.  All that remains today at Leconfield are overgrown earthworks and a moat ½ mile in circumference.   
 
-   Medieval villages existed in the area and the remains of one can be found at Raventhorpe.  Between the 14th and 16th centuries villages became deserted as sheep farming was more profitable than arable farming, and soil exhaustion or the plague provided the opportunity for conversion to pasture.  In this case, the extension of Leconfield Park or the abandonment of the castle by the Percy family contributed to the village's decline.  From the air, the outlines of fifteen scattered houses have been identified.  To the south, at Park House Farm, two moated enclosures exist.