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Driffield and East Wolds Area Walks

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C66 - Hutton Cranswick to Watton
Summary
Walk Name
Hutton Cranswick to Watton
Ref
C66
Enjoy a walk through fields to historic Watton Abbey.
Details
Circular Walk
Yes
Grade
Moderate
Ordnance Survey Explorer Map
295
Car Parking Facility
Car park in Hutton Cranswick (see map)
Refreshments
Shop in Hutton Cranswick
Public Conveniences
Cross Street and North Street, both in Driffield
Distance
Distance (Miles)
6
Distance (Kilometres)
10
Description
  • This walk starts from the Green in Hutton Cranswick, which is close to the station if you are travelling by train.
  • Your route takes in field paths, tracks and minor lanes to Watton and over Cranswick Common.
  • Walk in a southerly direction, parallel with the railway line (a field away to your left), before arriving at Watton Abbey.
  • Turning left along Carr Lane, carefully cross the railway line to Gatehouse Farm.
  • Take the bridleway on the left and follow this as it become a footpath leading to Scurf Dike, just west of Whinnyforth.  Follow the dike westward for about 400 yards and then cross it and pass Common Farm.
  • Turn left along Sheepman, the track which takes you back to Cranswick.
Map(s)
Location
Start Point
Hutton Cranswick
End Point
Hutton Cranswick
Towns & Villages
Hutton Cranswick and Watton
ParishHutton Cranswick
Start Easting
502,643.00
Start Northing
452,220.00
End Easting
502,643.00
End Northing
452,220.00
Further Information
Features of Interest
-  Watton Abbey is well-known as the site of the former Norman Priory founded in 1150 by Canon Fitzjohn.  Unusually, 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.  Today all that remains are the prior's house, the barn and the mounds of the demolished buildings near the church. 
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
-  The main route is six miles long.  However,  there are two shortcuts if you want a shorter walk.