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Goole and Howdenshire Area Walks

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Snaith Heritage Walk 2 Snaith Hall
Walk Name
Heritage Walks - Walk 2
Of Kings and Aristocrats

This walk is one of the fifteen HERITAGE WALKS in and around the villages of Pollington, Rawcliffe and Rawcliffe Bridge as well as Snaith & Cowick township.  Each of the walks passes at least one of fifteen HERITAGE BOARDS that explain a little of the rich history and heritage of the area.


An easy walk – a mixture of grass paths and tracks with a little road walking. 4 stiles.


This walk starts with a pleasant riverside walk then across Snaith Ings into the village of West Cowick before returning to Snaith past an old brewery and along an ancient field track, Primrose Lane.


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Snaith and Cowick Together

Circular Walk
Walk Type
  • Easy Walks
Ordnance Survey Explorer Map
Car Parking Facility
Free parking at start in Snaith Station car park. Post code DN14 9HY, map reference SE643223
Cafes and public houses in Snaith, public house in West Cowick
Public Conveniences
No public toilets
Distance (Miles)
Distance (Kilometres)
  • Leave car park through pedestrian gate, turn right.
  • Bear right down Ferry lane.
  • HERITAGE BOARD on riverside. Over stile. Riverside footpath. Look for stile on the right near the trees.
  • Leave riverside. Over stile. Footpath through field following dyke. Over stile Turn left. Over another stile.
  • Turn first right. Cross railway and Main Road.
  • HERITAGE BOARD at entrance to Cowick Hall then walk up Lodge Lane/Ivy Lane.
  • At end of Ivy Lane turn left, Little London Lane.
  • At end of road in Little London, go through Gate on to footpath. HERITAGE BOARD where footpath bends.
  • The footpath goes through gap in hedge turn right then left on footpath at field edge.  Follow footpath jn to Spa Well Lane.
  • HERITAGE BOARD on grassed area at top end of Spa Well Lane. Then double back and go through a gap in the hedge and through a kissing gate. Cross a field to another kissing gate and out on to a track. Primrose Lane.
  • Keep on this lane to a major footpath where you can only turn left or right (footpath. signpost). Turn right, follow straight track and then road past the Primary School.
  • At main road turn right, cross at pedestrian crossing, turn right.
  • At Mini roundabout turn left and return to station car park.
Start Point
Snaith Station
End Point
Snaith Station
Towns & Villages
Snaith and West Cowick
ParishSnaith and Cowick
Further Information
Features of Interest
• A HERITAGE BOARD near the foundations of the 1777 bridge over the River Aire describes the importance of the river to  Snaith and surrounding area in the past. Prior to Goole developing as a port in the early 19th century Snaith was a major port in its own right and a mooring point for shipping en route to Wakefield. 
• COWICK HALL built circa 1670 by the 1st Viscount Downe on land leased from the King, the Hall has had a chequered history, even at one time being used to house pigs by a local farmer. Croda International bought the hall in 1963 and restored it to its former glory. See the HERITAGE BOARD by the main entrance for a fuller history. 
• Until the mid 19th century Snaith, Cowick and land for many miles around was owned by the Crown. In the 14th century the moated Kings Manor was much used by the King. See the fuller story on the HERITAGE BOARD. 
• Cowick was no different to many small towns and villages in the 19th century in that it had its own brewery.  You will pass the brewery buildings in Spa Well Lane and a little further on you can read about the brewery on the HERITAGE BOARD. 
• Behind the petrol filling station is Snaith Hall, now a residential nursing home. Around 1829 the Shearburn family, local landowners and solicitors, built this house. To the side and rear of the house there used to be a very impressive conservatory which has been attributed to Joseph Paxton, the designer of the Crystal Palace in London.This Hall has no connection with an earlier Snaith Hall built in another part of Snaith and home to the Yarburgh family. 
• If you look to your left after leaving the mini roundabout, you will see Snaith Market Place. By Royal Charter of 1223 (Henry III)  markets were held in the Market Place every week, originally on a Sunday, later changed to a Friday and changed again in 1782 to a Thursday. The Charter would be read from over the church walls each August 10 until the late 1930s 
 Tread carefully when walking near to the Kings Manor HERITAGE BOARD in May /June when you should be able to see the Early Pink Orchid and the rarer Bee Orchid,  Please - Do not pick or dig up. 
Accessibility Information
A mixture of grass, paths and tracks with a little road walking. Four stiles.
Additional Information
Public transport - Buses: Services 400 and 401 from Goole and Selby