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Snaith Heritage Walk 6 Gowdall memorial gardens
Walk Name
Heritage Walks - Walk 6
Pumpkins and Scarecrows

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 pavements and minor roads. SUITABLE FOR WHEELCHAIRS.


The walk goes via a country lane into the rural village of Gowdall before returning to Snaith along a minor road.


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Snaith and Cowick Together

Circular Walk
Walk Type
  • Easy Walks
Ordnance Survey Explorer Map
Car Parking Facility
Free parking at the start in Snaith station car park. Post code DN14 9HY Map reference SE643223
Cafes and public houses in Snaith
Public Conveniences
No public toilets
Distance (Miles)
Distance (Kilometres)
Shortened Distance (Miles)


  • Leave car park through pedestrian gate turn right. Cross the road at level crossing and then turn left and then right on Mill Lane.
  • At the end of Mill Lane turn left and walk to HERITAGE BOARD at the far end of Buttermarket.
  • Turn right on High Street to HERITAGE BOARD in church yard.
  • Turn right on High Street walking away from the shopping centre. Join the main Pontefract Road and keep walking.
  • Turn right up Field Lane ( the road to Gowdall). TAKE CARE - NO PAVEMENT.
  • Turn right on Main Street/ Gowdall Lane.
  • At the end of Gowdall Lane, turn right back to station car park. OR turn left on the recommended diversion to see the HERITAGE BOARD on Ferry Lane, before returning to the station car park.
Start Point
Snaith Station
End Point
Snaith Station
Towns & Villages
ParishSnaith and Cowick
Further Information
Features of Interest
• Before leaving the car park take time to read the HERITAGE BOARDS there to learn of the importance of the railway to Snaith in the past and a little of the history of Snaith as well a glimpse at the five wealthiest families in the area. 
• In Mill Street, note the Old Mill Brewery, built in 1794 as a Steam Corn Mill, before becoming a Clog Mill in the early 1900s and developed as a Brewery in 1983. 
• Upon joining Pontefract Road on your right you will see the National School building which opened in 1878 and closed in 1957 when the Snaith School opened a little further along the road. You may have read about these schools on the Education HERITAGE BOARD. 
• In the centre of Gowdall you will come to the Memorial Garden which remembers the severe flooding of 2000 when the River Aire topped its bank and Gowdall was under approx 4 feet of water. It was over a year before many residents were able to return to their homes. 
• The site of the original Snaith Hall, home of the Yarburgh family in the 18th century, is believed to be where the sewerage works is now which you pass on your return to Snaith. 
         At the end of Gowdall Lane turn left, cross the road and go down 
         Ferry Lane, to the right of the road bridge to see the HERITAGE 
         BOARD near the foundations of the 1777 bridge. You will find out   
         more about the river and its importance to Snaith in the 18th and 19th centuries. 
Accessibility Information
Suitable for wheelchairs.