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Snaith Heritage Walk 8 old toll bridge
Walk Name
Heritage Walks - Walk 8
Ferries and Bridges

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 – a linear walk along the River Aire flood bank. 5 stiles.


A pleasant walk along the flood bank with some excellent views along the way.


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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. If walking in reverse, park at roadside near Rawcliffe Church, map reference SE685230
Cafes and public houses in Snaith. Shops and public houses in Rawcliffe
Public Conveniences
No public toilets
Distance (Miles)
Distance (Kilometres)


  • NB This is a linear walk. Return to Snaith Station by bus.


  • Leave Car Park George Street entrance and turn left.
  • Once over level crossing, Turn left, footpath down hill towards river. The footpath follows the power lines and goes to the right of the line of trees.
  • HERITAGE BOARD near the old bridge and then right on riverside and over the stile.
  • Follow riverside flood bank path to Rawcliffe.
  • The river bends around Gardeners Grounds house and there is a gate nearby. After the gate, look out for a path forking off to the right through a gateway between a bungalow and an old barn. Take this route, then turn sharp left after the barn.
  • Round the bend another HERITAGE BOARD on the right at The Pinfold.
  • Carry straight on riverside road and turn right down Chapel Lane (after Hirst Farm House).
  • Cross road to HERITAGE BOARD on Rawcliffe Green, left hand side of church, near a bus stop.
  • Bus stop nearby for return journey to Snaith Station. (Bus service 400 or 401 to Selby).
Start Point
Snaith Station
End Point
Snaith Station
Towns & Villages
Snaith, Rawcliffe
ParishSnaith and Cowick
Further Information
Features of Interest
• Take a few minutes to read the HERITAGE BOARDS in the Car Park. Read about the railway in Snaith and a little about Snaith itself, as well as taking a glimpse at the five wealthiest families in the area. 
• At the River Aire see the foundations of the 1777 bridge over the river and read the HERITAGE BOARD. The bridge was built by Thomas Stapleton of Carlton Towers. 
• Above the trees to the North will be seen the tower of Carlton Towers, the Yorkshire seat of the Duke of Norfolk.  The bother of the present Duke of Norfolk now lives there (2012). The Stapletons had lived on the site of since 1301 and probably built the present house, although it has had many changes and additions over the years. In 1795 Thomas Stapleton laid claim to the Barony of Beaumont, this was granted in 1840. 
• A little further onto the south you will have an excellent view of Cowick Hall. The Dawnay family had lived in Cowick since the late 15th century, Sir John Dawnay being Steward of the King’s House in Cowick. He died in 1493 and his tomb in Snaith priory is evidence of the importance of the Dawnay family in the area. In 1680, Sir John Dawnay, a descendent, was created Viscount Downe, an Irish title, by Charles II. He had built Cowick Hall circa 1670. it wasn’t until 1796 that the family could take a seat in the House of Lords when the 5th Viscount was also given the title Baron Dawnay of Cowick. 
• Later on your walk you will have a view of Cowick Church, one of three churches built by the 7th Viscount in this area. The foundation stones for Cowick, Hensall and Pollington churches were all laid on the 4th July 1853. 
• Just after the pumping station, you will reach stile no. 4. It was at this point that the old River Don joined the River Aire. The snaking row of bushes on your right was the course of “ The Lost River” which you may have read about on the HERITAGE BOARD. 
• Just after the river turns sharply to the north you will see Eskamhorm Farm on the far bank. In the 19th century the farmer here operated one of the two ferries over the River Aire which served Rawcliffe, connecting it with Newland. Unfortunately people often had a long wait for the ferryman to row over to collect them as he would be out tending his land. 
• For a long time on this walk you will have a view of the spire of St James’ Church, Rawcliffe where your walk will end. 
• At the former Pinfold,  a HERITAGE BOARD gives the history of the riverside in Rawcliffe and tells about an eccentric man, Jemmy Hirst. 
• The HERITAGE BOARD by the church describes some of the rich history of Rawcliffe.