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Market Weighton, East Riding of Yorkshire, 28th  October, 2018

'A' Walk - 11 miles.  Leader - Alan Taylor.  Grade - moderate.  Ascent - 800 feet.

One of the jewels of the Yorkshire Wolds, this peaceful town has held a market for over 750 years and was once the location of Britain's largest sheep market. Walk around the picture postcard centre and you'll discover Norman, Georgian and Victorian buildings.

Less than two miles from Market Weighton, in a north easterly direction, is the little village of Goodmanham, which dates back to Stone Age times – we will visit here in the afternoon and admire some wonderful buildings as we return to the town.

Before then though, we’ll head southwards out of the town on our way to Sancton which lays about 2 miles in a south easterly direction. Having started walking from the middle of the town, it inevitably means we’ll have a fair bit of road-walking to do. Leaving the road at Crossfield House on Cliffe Road we take to pleasant and easy-going field paths and soon enter the grounds of Houghton Hall – good views of its frontage are to be had. Very soon though, we will reach Sancton which heralds the start of our open country walking. It is along this section that we will encounter a rather surprising feature – a vineyard, no less. Still early in its development, you will easily acknowledge its sunny position on the flank of the dale.

Very pleasant walking ensues along the dale, passing Noddles Hill before reaching the Yorkshire Wolds Way which takes us to our highest point of the day – Arras. Now, after navigating Arras Farm, we’ll enjoy splendid open views of the surrounding countryside as we gently descend to cross the Hudson Way path (a former rail road that ran from Beverley to Market Weighton) to take a very small tarmac road in to Goodmanham village.

 A short detour to the north of Goodmanham is taken now to sample the land around this small but old village before returning to Market Weighton, via a straight forward route, to enjoy all that the town has to offer.

This walk is a departure from the fare that I often offer on a walk but I found this one to be very enjoyable – I hope you will too. It is not a difficult or complicated walk but one that offers very pleasant views and surroundings from start to finish.

'B' Walk - 8 miles miles.  Leaders - Jean, Isobel & Elaine.  Grade - moderate.   Ascent .

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'C' Walk - 6 miles.  Leader - Clive Hickman. Grade - easy .  Ascent - 330 feet

 Market Weighton, a delightfully quiet and civilised small in the Yorkshire Wolds, has two claims to fame, both historical. The first is that it has been a market town since being granted its royal charter in 1251, and the second is that it was the birthplace of arguably its most famous resident, William Bradley, whose impressive statue we pass at the beginning of our walk.  His story is quite startling, and will be shared with you all on the day. Suffice to say that he literally was a giant of a man. This is not him below!

We begin with morning refreshments at the most hospitable Rossini and Damsel café where Tony and I were made to feel most welcome on the day of the recce when making a ‘booking’. From there we make our way along the high street to view William Bradley’s statue and hear his story, before turning north onto the Yorkshire Wolds Way further along the road, a lovely footpath which we follow for most of the day along the grassy edges of wide, sweeping fields. Crossing the A614 with care, we continue north east before entering a really delightful Deer Park, clearly part of a managed estate, with a most impressive array of majestic trees including a walnut bearing its fruit. With the hamlet of Londesborough hidden behind the tree-lined estate wall, we now turn sharply south east where the gentle scenery continues to delight.

 Re-crossing the A614 we stay on the Wolds Way to join a minor road heading south west on the outskirts of Goodmanham, before rejoining the Wolds Way south west directly into the backstreets of Market Weighton.

 This in my view is a fine, gentle walk of wide, solid footpaths amidst the rolling scenery of the Yorkshire Wolds, and, although of little ascent, should be savoured as one of Rosemary’s excellent locations in the programme. 



 Forthcoming Walks

                     2018 ...    November 11th - Rowsley, Derbyshire

                                    November 25th - Barwick in Elmet, West Yorkshire

                                    December 9th - Oughtibridge, Sheffield

                                    December 17th - Christmas walk