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Goole and Howdenshire Area Walks

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Snaith Heritage Walk 7 Canal Lock
Walk Name
Heritage Walks - Walk 7
Churches, Canal and Countryside

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 road, field side, track and canal side walking. 3 stiles.


A pleasant walk through rural West Cowick then following the Aire and Calder canal into Pollington before returning to Snaith via Dorr Lane, an ancient green lane.


For more information on these Heritage Walks visit the website:

Snaith and Cowick Together

Circular Walk
Walk Type
  • Easy Walks
Ordnance Survey Explorer Map
Car Parking Facility
Free parking in Snaith Station Car Park. Post code DN14 9HY Map reference SE643223
Cafes and public houses in Snaith,public houses in West Cowick and Pollington (not on route)
Public Conveniences
No public toilets
Distance (Miles)
Distance (Kilometres)


  • Leave Car Park George Street entrance, turn left.
  • Turn right pathway toCommunity Centre. Go straight on past buildings to HERITAGE BOARD.
  • Cross Goole Road to pavement on other side, turn left and walk Away from central shopping area.
  • Turn right up Mill Lane and follow it round left hand bend. Look out for very narrow public footpath on right.
  • Go down footpath, turn right at end and then left down Finnley’s Lane and over the motorway.
  • At the bottom of the hill turn right on footpath (alongside dyke and pumping station) that goes round the edge of the Shearburn Plantation.
  • Re-join the road and turn right following The Trans-Pennine Trail. (TPT) Ignore other tracks, keep to the TPT as far as Crow Croft Bridge.


  • RECOMMENDED DIVERSION Go over the bridge and on the left take a stile and gate with a path to canal bank.
  • Turn left under bridge and walk to Pollington Lock HERITAGE BOARD.
  • Then  re-trace steps to Crow Croft Bridge. Go over the bridge again and turn left up Crow Croft Lane.
  • At the main road (Long Lane) turn right and walk straight up and over the motorway.
  • At the major road, cross the road and turn right towards Snaith.
  • Turn left on a track (Dorr Lane) and follow to the top of a slight hill to a footpath junction.
  • Take the right fork towards Snaith over two stiles. Keep following the footpath to Church Lane and the HERITAGE BOARD at Snaith Priory.
  • Then walk along the road in front of the church.
  • Turn left down Buttermarket, HERITAGEBOARD on the wall.
  • Walk down Buttermarket and turn right on Mill Street. Straight across the main road to George Street and return to the station car park.
Start Point
Snaith Station
End Point
Snaith Station
Towns & Villages
Snaith, West Cowick, Pollington
Further Information
Features of Interest
• Before leaving the car park check the HERITAGE BOARDS, read about the importance of the railway to Snaith in the past and a little of the history of Snaith as well as a glimpse in to the five wealthiest families in the area. 
• Walking through the Methodist Church grounds admire the Wesleyan School building and the Church then read a little of its history on the HERITAGE BOARD beside the footpath.   
• Mill Lane in West Cowick, so called because of the a windmill, demolished in 1928, in the grounds of Mill House. Kiln House in Grange Road is on the site of one of a number of medieval pottery kilns in West Cowick. 
• As you turn into the footpath off Grange Road the ruins on your right are the remains of a small chapel and burial ground. (2012) 
• After crossing the motorway you go round a small wood, Shearburn Plantation. The Shearburn’s were a very prominent family in Snaith throughout the 19th century. They were both major landowners and one of the town’s solicitors and built the present Snaith Hall c1829. This area was part of their large estate. 
• The point where you leave the canal side is the site of the Balne Croft Swing Bridge over the canal. When it was constructed the canal cut the link from Balne Croft farm, on the south side , to Pollington so the swing bridge was built to restore that link. 
• Continuing down Balne Croft Lane you will pass between the remains of the rail bridge which carried a branch of the Hull to Barnsley line. 
• Reaching the road, from the bridge, you can look along the Aire and Calder Canal to the largest lock on the waterways system or better still take a short RECOMMENDED DIVERSION along the canal and read the HERITAGE BOARD by the lock. 
• Leaving Pollington you will see some buildings on your right which were once part of RAF Snaith, a World War II air base and home of 51 and 150 squadrons, Bomber Command, which was actually in Pollington. This is where the Women’s AuxilliaryAir Force ( WAAF) personnel were based. After the war the huts were used by Land Army girls. 
• Back in Snaith you will have the opportunity to learn about Snaith Priory (HERITAGE BOARD), take an educational journey (HERITAGE BOARD) and see the Town Lock-up and Brewery. 
 Walking along the canal side in the spring you will see banks of Primroses.  Later in Dorr Lane, an ancient green lane, you will find Bluebells.