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Goole and Howdenshire Area Walks

The table below contains information on all walks centred in the goole and howdenshire 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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Snaith Heritage Walk 3 Old House in Beastfair
Walk Name
Heritage Walks - Walk 3
The Lost River

This is one of 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.


A moderate walk – a mixture of field paths, tracks and a small amount of road walking. 2 stiles.


After passing across Snaith Ings you enter East. A mixture of field paths, tracks and a small amount of road walking. 2 stiles. Cowick through Lidgate and cross the M62 into open countryside before eventually joining the Trans Pennine Trail back into Snaith.


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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 East Cowick
Public Conveniences
No public toilets
Distance (Miles)
Distance (Kilometres)


  • Leave Car Park George Street entrance, turn left.
  • Go over Level Crossing, continue on footpath over two stiles.
  • Straight on Ings Lane, ignore turn offs.
  • At major track where you can only turn left or right, turn right and follow this track and eventually road.
  • At main road, cross the road and turn left and then right, after the pub, up Back Lane.
  • At the point where Back Lane takes a sharp right bend, go straight forward on a track, past a bungalow on to a road going over the motorway.
  • Turn sharp left on a footpath down the embankment and alongside the motorway. 
  • The footpath reaches a minor road. Turn right.
  • At the main road, turn right.
  • Turn right up the track towards Beaver Sailing Club and then right on the public footpath. Follow footpath round to left.
  • Turn right on a minor road, over the motorway.
  • Turn left onpublic footpath on field edge. Follow footpath and then Spa Well Lane.
  • HERITAGE BOARD on grassed area at top of Spa Well Lane, thenturn left on the main road.
  • Turn left on footpath beside houses.
  • At end of footpath, turn left and right down Parkway.
  • At end of Parkway, turn right.
  • At main road, turn left, cross major road and down Buttle Lane, back to station car park.
Start Point
Snaith Station
End Point
Snaith Station
Towns & Villages
Snaith, East Cowick, West Cowick
ParishSnaith and Cowick
Further Information
Features of Interest
• As you walk away from Snaith, across Snaith Ings, to the north, above the trees you will see the tower of Carlton Towers, part of the Duke of Norfolk’s estate. See walk 8 for more information. 
• To the South you will have excellent views of Cowick Hall, built circa 1670 by Viscount Downe. The Dawnay  family had been resident in Cowick for about 200 years, Sir John Dawnay was Steward of the Kings House in Cowick in 1493. In 1680 Charles II gave the then Sir John Dawnay the title of Viscount Downe. The Architect of the house is not known but it was the first Renaissance ‘Italian’ House in the North of England. The HERITAGE BOARD near the main gate, junction of A1041 and Lodge lane, tells you much more of the history of Cowick Hall. 
• After turning right on to the major track, you will be walking parallel to the old course of the River Don, which is approx 200 yards to the east. The HERITAGE BOARD near the old Toll Bridge tells the story of this Lost River. 
• Once you join the main road, a short stroll along the road towards Goole will take you to the small road bridge over the course of the river, this was the medieval crossing point of the River Don. 
• After walking alongside the motorway, once you turn right, you will, once again, be walking parallel to the Lost River about 200 yards to the east. 
• As you walk up Spa Well Lane, you will pass the old Brewery and a little further on there is a HERITAGE BOARD with information about the brewery and other Cowick highlights. 
• On the corner of Cowick Road and Buttle Lane  you will see an old cottage, note the stone built into the wall giving the date of build, 1627. The cottage also still has the traditional Yorkshire slider windows and was possibly a farm when first built.
Additional Information
Buses: Services 400 and 401 from Goole and Selby.