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Kiplingcotes To Spring Wells Walk
Summary
Walk Name
Kiplingcotes to Spring Wells Walk
Ref
W6
Whether you are on foot, mountain bike or horse, enjoy a short linear route along part of the disused Beverley to Market Weighton railway line.
Details
Circular Walk
No
Grade
Easy
Walk Type
  • Easy Walks
  • Mountain Biking and Horse Riding Routes
  • Nature Trail and Country Park Walks
  • Wolds Walks
Ordnance Survey Explorer Map
293
Car Parking Facility
Roadside parking in Kiplingcotes and Spring Wells
Refreshments
None
Public Conveniences
Londesborough Road in Market Weighton
Distance
Distance (Miles)
4
Distance (Kilometres)
6.4
Description
  • Please use the map to find your way along this route.
  • Just before you reach Kiplingcotes you will see a chalk quarry to the south of the line.
  • At the Station you will find a simple car park and picnic area, and on selected weekends members of the Yorkshire Wolds Heritage Society hold exhibitions and events in the restored signal box.
  • Look around you at the open Wolds landscape.  Can you spot a house?  A more remote place for a train station is hard to imagine but Kiplingcotes was built to serve the agricultural needs of the area, rather than a large local population. 
  • Just past the station there is a bridge which is a reminder of Victorian building skills.  It was built without keystones which is unusual for a bridge.  A train carrying Queen Victoria from York to Hull was once refused permission to cross in case the bridge collapsed, and had to be diverted via Selby. 
  • You leave the open landscape behind as you enter a delightful dale, one of the many Wolds valleys created at the end of the Ice Age.  Just beyond a farm road the line passes a nature reserve in the old quarry, owned by the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust (see 'Features of Interest' below).
Map(s)
Location
Start Point
Kiplingcotes
End Point
Spring Wells
Towns & Villages
Goodmanham and Market Weighton
ParishGoodmanham
Start Easting
492,917.00
Start Northing
443,913.00
End Easting
489,965.00
End Northing
442,608.00
Further Information
Features of Interest
-  During the construction of the railway line in 1865, an Anglian burial cemetery was discovered which contained fifty skeletons and grave goods including knives and ornaments.  At Kiplingcotes Station the engine shed and station house have been sold and now form a furniture showroom. 
 
-  At the Station pause and let your imagination take over for a while.  Just imagine fifty years ago, when the steam train pulled into the Station, with the Station Master hurrying his small troop of porters to unload the baggage and to load the parcels and animals destined for market on a one-way ticket.  The old signs and station furniture were there and the oil lights were waiting to be lit for the evening's trains.  The pony and trap waited outside for the important passengers, whilst the rest had a long walk to the outlying farmsteads.  The signal dropped, the whistle went and, with a spray of steam, the train slowly chugged away to its destination.  Today, silence reigns supreme - the passengers no longer wait and the platforms are deserted.  You see flowers instead of people and artefacts instead of milk churns. 
 
-  The Station is at the highest part of the route as you pass through the Wolds.  The landscape is typical, a sometimes baking and a sometimes windswept chalky place.  The soils are very shallow and stony so all around you will see reddish brown or light brown soils with pieces of white chalk on the surface.  The chalk rock underneath the soil is very porous so water sinks through the ground very quickly, the main reason there are few ponds or streams on the Wolds. 
 
-  The entrance to the Rifle Butts Quarry reserve is at the Quarry's western end on the north side of the railway line.  It is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) because of its rare grassland plants.  A notice board at the reserve entrance tells you in detail what can be seen in the quarry.  Some of the most colourful plants are bird's-foot trefoil, thyme, bladder campion, pyramidal orchid and spotted orchids.  Butterflies include common blue and skippers and birds include little owl, yellowhammer and meadow pipit. 
Accessibility Information
This route:- 
 
-  is relatively flat. 
 
-  contains hand gates but no stiles. 
Additional Information
-  When you reach the end of the route, turn around and retrace your steps back to the start.