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Snaith Heritage Walk 4 Cowick Hall
Walk Name
Heritage Walks - Walk 4
Cowick Hall

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.


An easy walk – all surfaced pavement and minor road. Some slight gradients. SUITABLE FOR WHEELCHAIRS.


A walk with many interesting features which illustrate the wealth and importance of Snaith and Cowick in the past. An easy walk. All surfaced pavement and minor road. Some slight gradients. Suitable for Wheelchairs.


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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 in Snaith and public houses in Snaith, East Cowick and West Cowick
Public Conveniences
No public toilets
Distance (Miles)
Distance (Kilometres)
Shortened Distance (Miles)


  • Leave Car Park George Street entrance, turn left.
  • Turn right pathway to Community Centre. Go straight on past Buildings to HERITAGE BOARD at the end of the path.
  • Cross Goole Road to pavement on other side, turn left and walk away from central shopping area.
  • When the pavement ends, cross to pavement on other side of road.
  • After school and row of houses, cross to other side of road, walk past the pub and turn right up Back Lane. Follow the lane round two sharp right hand bends.
  • At T junction, turn right.
  • At main road, cross road to pavement and turn left.
  • When pavement ends, cross the main road again.
  • HERITAGE BOARD for Cowick Hall, then walk up Lodge Lane/Ivy Lane.
  • At the end of Ivy Lane, turn right on High Street.
  • At the top of the slight hill, HERITAGE BOARD on grassed area,  then carry on main road.
  • On reaching the major road, cross over and walk down Buttle Lane and back to the station car park.



  • After leaving Snaith, when the pavement ends, cross the mouth of the minor road to the HERITAGE BOARD for Cowick Hall and then walk up Lodge Lane/Ivy Lane.
Start Point
Snaith Station
End Point
Snaith Station
Towns & Villages
Snaith, East Cowick, West Cowick
Further Information
Features of Interest
• Leaving the car park via George Street you will pass a row of Victorian Houses, Hawthorne Terrace. The rounded top windows in the houses were taken from an 1816 Methodist Church when it was demolished to be replaced by the present church. 
• Turn right to go past the old Wesleyan School and headmaster’s house. Built in 1848 they predate the magnificent Methodist Church by 14 years. Check out the HERITAGE BOARD as you exit the church grounds for the history of Methodism in Snaith. 
• Across the road from the Methodist Church is Victoria House, a pub in mid 19th century, one of twelve in Snaith at that time. A little further on is Field House, a former boarding school. 
• As you travel out of Snaith, you pass a number of large early Victorian Houses reflecting the importance and wealth of Snaith in the early 19th century. Cowick Grange, on the right, was reputedly built by a local builder in the 1830s as a Valentines Day present for his wife. Later the house became the property of the Hartley family who were local brewers. (See the HERITAGE BOARD later in Spa Well Lane, West Cowick,) 
• As you move from West Cowick to East Cowick look across the road for the best view of Cowick Hall. There is a HERITAGE BOARD on the walk giving you history of the Hall and families who have lived there. 
• The 7th Viscount Downe had a commitment to building churches and appointed the Architect William Butterfield to design churches on his estates including this one at Cowick. The foundation stones for Cowick Church, Hensall Church and Pollington Church were all laid on the same day, 4th July 1853. Both Cowick and Hensall Churches were consecrated on the same day12th October 1854. At the same time the Viscount built the adjacent schools and nearby vicarages. The Vicarage is across the road and the track alongside  was the path the Cowick Hall  servants would have taken to church. 
• As you pass the gates to Cowick Hall in Lodge Lane take time to read the HERITAGE BOARD. 
• West Cowick was once a familiar place to Royalty. As you follow the road right into High Street, the small road off to the left, Little London Lane, was the main access road to the Kings Manor, a moated Manor House used by Kings from John through to Edward III. Edward II even used it as a centre of his governance for a time. 
• West Cowick itself was a centre for pottery making in medieval times and the remains of a number of kilns have been found there. 
The HERITAGE BOARD at the top of the slight hill gives more information. 
• Moving into Snaith from West Cowick, into Butt Lane, on your right you will see Ottley Cottages, the last remaining Alms Houses still in use today in Snaith. 
• 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.
Accessibility Information
Suitable for Wheelchairs
Additional Information
Buses: Arriva services 400 and 401 from Selby and Goole