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Market Weighton Area Walks

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W10 - Spring Wells to Market Weighton Stroll
Summary
Walk Name
Spring Wells to Market Weighton Stroll
Ref
W10
Walk along the most attractive section of the disused railway line on this walk from Spring Wells to Market Weighton.  Discover part of the Hudson Way, whether you are on foot, horse or mountain bike.
Details
Circular Walk
No
Grade
Easy
Walk Type
  • Easy Walks
  • Mountain Biking and Horse Riding Routes
  • Wolds Walks
Ordnance Survey Explorer Map
293
Car Parking Facility
Roadside parking in Spring Wells and Market Weighton
Refreshments
Pubs and shops in Market Weighton
Public Conveniences
Londesborough Road in Market Weighton
Distance
Distance (Miles)
3
Distance (Kilometres)
5
Description
  • On your walk is an interesting spot called Spring Wells.  Here, numerous springs surface to mark the point where the porous chalk strata meets the impervious clay underneath.
  • Further along the line you may follow a path along a delightful beck rather than walk on the track bed. 
  • The end of the walk is at the busy market town of Market Weighton where, unfortunately, the station has been demolished and is now the site of a housing estate.
Map(s)
Location
Start Point
Spring Wells
End Point
Market Weighton
Towns & Villages
Goodmanham and Market Weighton
ParishMarket Weighton
Start Easting
489,965.00
Start Northing
442,608.00
End Easting
487,724.00
End Northing
441,960.00
Further Information
Features of Interest
-  The small brick building to the south side of the line is one of the pumping stations which supplies water to Market Weighton reservoir.  There is a borehole 40-feet deep and it supplies 0.1 million gallons a day to the reservoir.   
 
-  Halfway along the Hudson Way, back towards Market Weighton, is an ancient spring known as St. Helen's Well, which is thought to have been used by the Romans.  In the early days of the railway line it was used to supply water to nearby gatehouses and railway cottages which were without water.  Water was collected in churns by the first train of the day.  After years of neglect it was restored by the Market Weighton Girl Guides in 1985 and, a year later, won them the first prize in a "Keep Britain Tidy" competition.   
 
-  The village to the north of the line is Goodmanham.  Although today it is a small 'sleepy' village, it was once one of the major religious centres of the Anglian Kingdom of Deira, part of the Kingdom of Northumbria.   
Goodmanham is very picturesque, with attractive old cottages nestling around the small church, and is historically very significant.   
 
-  When King Edwin of Northumbria married a Kentish princess, he allowed her to bring Roman missionaries to preach Christianity.  This mission, led by Paulinus, was successful and King Edwin was converted to Christianity in AD627.  His High Priest Coifi then rode to Goodmanham and destroyed the old pagan temple.  The present church at Goodmanham is believed to be on the site of the Temple and is an example of how the missionaries adopted the sacred place of their predecessors so that the Anglo-Saxons would more readily accept Christianity.  King Edwin also built a simple shrine at York on the site, which later became the magnificent York Minster. 
 
-  Market Weighton is an ancient town, said to be the Anglo-Saxon successor to the large Roman Settlement at nearby Shiptonthorpe.  Perhaps its main claim to fame is that it was the home town of William Bradley, England's tallest man.  He stood 7 feet 9 inches tall and weighed 27 stones.  His "footprint" can be seen on a plaque on his house, now a cycle shop opposite the main car park. But there's more to Market Weighton than a giant: 
All Saints Church contains some Saxon-Norman stonework.  The tower was rebuilt in the 13th century with a brick top after the 'wooden steeple' collapsed.  There is also the old Weslyan Chapel, hidden behind an archway in Market Place.  Now housing an upholsterer, it is said that John Wesley preached there while on his rounds. 
The town is a favourite starting point for many walkers, and groups can be seen setting off for the Wolds on most days. 
Accessibility Information
This route:- 
 
-  is relatively flat. 
 
-  contains a mixture of stiles and gates. 
Additional Information
-  The grade only applies if you follow this route on foot. 
 
-  When you reach the end of the route, turn around and make your way back to the start.