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Driffield and East Wolds Area Walks

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E56 - Bracey Bridge to Lowthorpe Walk
Summary
Walk Name
Bracey Bridge to Lowthorpe Walk
Ref
E56
Choose a simple, mile-long route to Lowthorpe, or walk for 3½ miles to visit historic Harpham.
Details
Circular Walk
Yes
Grade
Moderate
Ordnance Survey Explorer Map
295
Car Parking Facility
Bracey Bridge picnic site on the A614 near Harpham
Refreshments
Pub at Harpham, plus snacks outlet at Bracey Bridge
Public Conveniences
Parking on North Street and at the Cross Street car park, both in Driffield
Distance
Distance (Miles)
4
Distance (Kilometres)
6.4
Lengthened Distance (Miles)
4
Shortened Distance (Miles)
2
Description
  • You'll enjoy a different world at Bracey Bridge: ancient wells, crystal clear streams, medieval brasses and the site of a Roman villa.  When you leave the picnic site at Bracey Bridge, on the A166, you take a step back in time, so savour your walk.
  • Starting from Bracey Picnic area, walk along the track near Plaster Green Wood and walk to Bracey Bridge Mill.  Continue along the path to a junction of paths and turn right to Church Wood.
  • Walk alongside the trees to the road and turn left into Lowthorpe.  Just past Bathclose Farm take the public footpath on the left to Burntmill Bridge and Station Road.
  • Heading northward along the road you will come to a path on the right, near the stream called 'Rattling Water'.  By following fieldpaths you reach Harpham with its many features of historical interest.
  • Once past Drummer's Well and Manor Farm you reach Main Street.  At this point turn left past Sykes Farm.  Take another path, this time a bridleway, through West End Farm to Newroad Bridge.
  • Now you are on a footpath.  Bear right to go past other paths and rejoin the one upon which you started.
  • Return to Bracey Bridge for a cuppa and a sandwich.
Map(s)
Location
Start Point
Bracey Bridge picnic site on the A614
End Point
Bracey Bridge picnic site
Towns & Villages
Bracey Bridge, Burton Agnes, Harpham, Lowthorpe, Nafferton and Ruston Parva
ParishHarpham
Start Easting
507,644.00
Start Northing
461,996.00
End Easting
507,644.00
End Northing
461,996.00
Further Information
Features of Interest
-  Stand still near the Drummer's Well in Harpham.  Can you hear his drum?  If you can, it means that a member of the St. Quintin family is about to die.  Legend has it that a drummer boy was drowned when accidentally pushed into the well during an archery contest.  His mother put a curse on the St. Quintin family, saying that her son would drum on the eve of their deaths. 
 
-  Lowthorpe is a tiny village with an 18th century mill on Kelk Beck, an excellent trout stream.  The church of St. Martin has a ruined chances, a fine old cross which was probably the market cross from Kilham, and a piece of an even older, Saxon cross.  There is also a carved gravestone a foot thick which shows a man and woman under a cover.  A tree is growing on the cover and from its branches sprout the heads of their 13 children. 
Accessibility Information
This route:- 
 
-  is relatively flat. 
 
-  contains a mixture of stiles and gates. 
 
-  may involve walking through fields with livestock. 
 
-  contains surfaces which can be boggy in wet weather. 
Additional Information
-  St. Martin's church in Lowthorpe is an unusual building with its tall ruined chancel.  It is a remnant of a collegiate church founded in 1333 and dissolved in 1548.  The chancel was abandoned in the 18th century.