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Market Weighton Area Walks

The table below contains information on all walks centred in the market weighton area. Click on any walk's name or reference code to see more details on the walk, including photos and a route map.

 

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W20 - Yorkshire Wolds Way Explorer
Summary
Walk Name
Yorkshire Wolds Way Explorer
Ref
W20
Pass along part of the Wolds Way and a former railway line to discover medieval villages and attractive parkland.
Details
Circular Walk
Yes
Grade
Moderate
Walk Type
  • Wolds Walks
Ordnance Survey Explorer Map
294
Car Parking Facility
Roadside parking in Market Weighton and parking at Towthorpe Corner picnic site
Refreshments
Pubs and shops in Market Weighton, pub at Goodmanham, and snacks outlet at the Towthorpe Corner garage
Public Conveniences
Londesborough Road in Market Weighton
Distance
Distance (Miles)
7
Distance (Kilometres)
11.2
Lengthened Distance (Miles)
8
Shortened Distance (Miles)
4
Description
  • Market Weighton is a small but busy market town at the junction of five roads.  It also stood at the junction of four rail lines before Dr. Beeching discovered his interest in rail lines, and promptly closed them!
  • On your walk you follow the "Wolds Way" alternative route along field headlands.  You then take a track past one of numerous deserted medieval villages on the Wolds - Towthorpe - to reach Londesborough Park.
  • Londesborough village is a neat, attractive estate village and is well worth a visit. 
  • Follow the paths over the parkland, then the "Wolds Way" past the picnic area to the picturesque village of Goodmanham.
  • From Goodmanham follow the road, then rail line, to return to Market Weighton.  Half way along is an ancient well said to have been used by the Romans.  The well was restored in 1986 by the Market Weighton Girl Guides who subsequently won a major "Keep Britain Tidy" award.
Map(s)
Location
Start Point
Market Weighton or Towthorpe Corner picnic site
End Point
Market Weighton or Towthorpe Corner picnic site
Towns & Villages
Goodmanham, Londesborough, Market Weighton and Shiptonthorpe
ParishMarket Weighton
Start Easting
487,863.00
Start Northing
444,003.00
End Easting
487,863.00
End Northing
444,003.00
Further Information
Features of Interest
-  Yorkshire Giant William Bradley, who weighed 27 stones and stood 7 feet 9 inches tall, lived in the town.  You can see his 'footprint' on his house wall at the western end of the village. 
 
-  All that remains of Towthorpe is the site of the fish ponds, the site of a moated house, the line of the former streets and an air of mystery.   
 
The present Londesborough Hall was built in the Tudor style in l839 and replaced the former hall which stood 1/4 mile to the west and was demolished in 1818 after years of neglect. 
 
-  On the line of the path near Easthorpe Farm was the site of another medieval village, which was mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086.  Some medieval villages were 'depopulated' by the Black Death or soil exhaustion but Easthorpe was 'depopulated' because of the expansion of Londesborough deer park by Lord Burlington, the last five cottages being demolished in 1738.   
 
-   Londesborough stands on the line of the Roman road from Lincoln to Malton and is believed to be the former Roman camp of Delgovitia.  Remains of the road were found in 1740 in the form of 24-feet wide wheel tracks.  Further evidence was unearthed in 1865 when the lake was cleaned out. 
 
-  The sleepy village of Goodmanham once housed the chief cathedral of the Saxon god Woden.  The building of the Minster at York owes its existence to the conversion of King Edwin of Northumbria to Christianity at Goodmanham in AD 627.  Why not ponder this over whilst enjoying a pint of real ale at the local inn? 
 
 
 
Accessibility Information
This route:- 
 
-  contains some gentle slopes. 
 
-  contains kissing gates, hand gates and bridges, but no stiles.