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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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N52 - Cottam Circular
Walk Name
Cottam Circular
Explore Phillip's Slack, a former WWll airfield and a tumble-down church which appears to be used as a chicken coop.
Circular Walk
Walk Type
  • Wolds Walks
Ordnance Survey Explorer Map
Car Parking Facility
The green lane at Kilham West Field, off the B1249
Pubs and shops in Driffield
Public Conveniences
Various sites in Driffield
Distance (Miles)
Distance (Kilometres)
  • Start from the cul-de-sac green lane at Kilham West Field.  Walk up the track and continue along the boundary of the former airfield until you drop down to a disused pit at Garton Bottom.
  • Turn north along the lane for about ½ mile and then branch to the right along a bridleway into Cottam Well Dale.  Follow the bridleway until it branches into two and take the left-hand bridleway.  (At this point you can use a short cut - see map). 
  • After a short distance the bridleway branches again, and this time you must take the footpath on the right, into Phillip's Slack.  Follow the field edge path to the farm road and turn down it to pass Cottam Grange.
  • Continue to, and around, the site of the medieval village of Cottam with its derelict Victorian church.
  • Finally, take a bridleway leading southward to rejoin the green lane and the start of the walk.
Start Point
B1249, Kilham
End Point
B1249, Kilham
Towns & Villages
Cottam and Kilham
Start Easting
Start Northing
End Easting
End Northing
Further Information
Features of Interest
St Mary's at nearby Cowlam is a medieval church which was partly rebuilt in 1852.  The village was depopulated in the 17th century.  Reached through a farmyard, it contains a Norman font carved with the Three Magi, Adam and Eve and two wrestlers.
Accessibility Information
This route:- 
-  contains some steep slopes. 
-  contains a mixture of stiles and gates. 
-  may involve walking through fields with livestock. 
-  may involve walking through planted crops. 
Additional Information
-  This walk is one of ten shown in a free booklet of walks in the open access areas of the East Riding.  The booklet is available from Tourist Information Centres, Customer Service Centres and some libraries.