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Northern Holderness Area Walks

The table below contains information on all walks centred in the northern holderness 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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E54 - A Short Stroll from Swine
Walk Name
A Short Stroll from Swine
Enjoy a stroll along field headlands and spot different plants and animals living on a disused railway line.
Circular Walk
Walk Type
  • Easy Walks
Ordnance Survey Explorer Map
Car Parking Facility
Roadside parking in Swine
Public Conveniences
Watmoughs Arcade in Hedon
Distance (Miles)
Distance (Kilometres)
Lengthened Distance (Miles)
Shortened Distance (Miles)
  • Starting from Swine village, follow the road southwards and then take the field headland path to the former Hull-Hornsea railway line (now owned by East Riding of Yorkshire Council, and renamed the 'Hornsea Rail Trail').  At 13 miles long the line is an important recreational route and 'wildlife corridor'. 
  • At this point you you can return to Swine along Coniston Lane. 
  • Or you may extend your walk by passing Kelwell Farm and Cottages before returning along the public footpaths via Stackholmes, Spring Nursery and over Spring Close to Swine village.
  • If you prefer, shorten your walk by using Green Lane and Dancing Lane.
Start Point
End Point
Towns & Villages
Coniston, Ganstead, Oubrough and Swine
Start Easting
Start Northing
End Easting
End Northing
Further Information
Features of Interest
-  Swine has one of the richest histories of any Holderness village.  The Romans and the Anglo-Saxons were once there, and in the Middle Ages it was the site of a large Cistercian nunnery.  The Romans had a large standing camp north-west of Swine which is thought to have held 3,000-4,000 men.  Double ramparts 300 yards in length and 2½ yards wide once existed.  The camp linked to a second camp on a hill 400 yards to the north.  Ancient oak piles of a bridge have been found along with fragments of spears and flint instruments. 
-  In 1826, a Roman urn containing 1,400 copper coins from the first half of the 4th century were found.  Ancient stone axes and medieval ornaments have also been found.  To the west of the present church was the site of a Cistercian priory founded by Robert de Verlie for a prioress and 14 nuns.  It later became mixed, with nuns and lay sisters and canons and lay-brothers.  This led to trouble!  In 1326 the nuns complained that they only had bread, cheese, ale and water whilst the canons were "daintily fed".  The last reference to lay brothers was in 1335, for the priory became an ordinary nunnery from then until its dissolution in 1539 when a prioress and 19 nuns were its last inhabitants.  The original church and monastic buildings were destroyed by fire before 1308.  The present church is well worth a visit, containing parts of the original building as well as 14th century monuments to three knights of the de Hilton family.  To the west of the church in a field stands a forlorn 14th century mound known as Giant's Hill.  Its function is unknown, but it may mark the site of small Motte (i.e. an earthen mound crowned with umber palisades).  Fragments of 15th and 16th century pottery have been found, plus part of a bronze bell and animal bones.  Some have suggested that the mound was used as a windmill or dovecot mound.   
-  When walking in any area of the county, it is worth remembering its varied history.  Evidence of Iron Age settlements, Roman occupation and Viking raids is all around you.