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Driffield and East Wolds Area Walks

The table below contains information on all walks centred in the driffield and east wolds 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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C1 - A Waterside Walk, Watton
Summary
Walk Name
A Waterside Walk, Watton
Ref
C1
Get close to nature by passing woodland, fields and a beck.
Details
Circular Walk
Yes
Grade
Easy
Walk Type
  • Easy Walks
Ordnance Survey Explorer Map
295
Car Parking Facility
Roadside parking in Watton (Please park responsibly and courteously)
Refreshments
None
Public Conveniences
North Street or Cross Street car park, both in Driffield (Check opening times before setting off)
Distance
Distance (Miles)
3
Distance (Kilometres)
5
Lengthened Distance (Miles)
3
Shortened Distance (Miles)
1
Description
  •  Watton is the site of the former Norman Priory founded in 1150 by Canon Fitzjohn.  Today all that remains is the Prior's house, the barn and the mounds of demolished buildings near the church.
  • Follow this route to enjoy a delightful stroll past babbling becks, bubbling springs and a small, still lake.  There is a wealth of wild flowers and birdlife, and a peaceful wooded section.  You can branch off the main route to visit All Saints church at Kilnwick (pronounced 'Killick') and the site of 18th century Kilnwick Hall.      
  • You are advised to confirm opening times and availability of pubs, shops and public toilets before setting off in case of recent changes.

 

Map(s)
Location
Start Point
Watton YO25
End Point
Watton YO25
Towns & Villages
Bainton, Beswick, Hutton Cranswick, Kilnwick, Lockington, Lund and Watton
ParishWatton
Start Easting
501,840.00
Start Northing
449,999.00
End Easting
501,840.00
End Northing
449,999.00
Further Information
Features of Interest
• The Norman Priory was unusual because it was a mixed   
 gilbertine community of both nuns and monks.  However, there 
 was nothing libertine about life there; the sexes lived in total 
 isolation from each other and even prayed in separate chapels. 
• The walls of All Saints Church in Kilnwick contain pieces of 
 medieval gravestones, and inside there is a Norman font and a 
 17th century pulpit bought from Beverley Minster in 1726 for 3 
 guineas. 
• Newly renovated abbey roof at Watton
Accessibility Information
This route: 
• Is relatively flat. 
• Contains kissing gates and hand gates but no stiles. 
• Crosses at least one watercourse and one road. 
• Contains uneven surfaces which can be boggy in wet weather. 
• Livestock may be encountered en route, for guidance visit 
  www.ramblers.org.uk to read great advice about walking near 
  livestock.