Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Yorkshire Wolds Walk - Kiplingcotes and Goodmanham

This Yorkshire Wolds walk followed a figure of eight route from Kiplingcotes Station via Goodmanham and back to Kiplingcotes. The selection of the route was mainly driven by the conditions on the day as it was a very stormy day with winds gusting over 50mph. The first part of the walk was along a disused railway line that runs through the bottom of a dale offering some protection from the weather. The sound of the wind roaring through the trees and the creaking noises as they twisted in the wind meant it was anything but a still calm day.

Signal Box at
Kiplingcotes Station
Kiplingcotes Station sits on the disused Beverley to York line.  It was built especially for the use of Lord Hotham as a condition of him allowing the line to pass through his land. The line fell victim to the Beeching cuts and now is a well trodden footpath connecting the places the railway line used to.  An idea to re-open the line has been mooted but I think in these austere times finding the money to undo all the changes since it closed might be a little beyond the public purse.  At the station is a large car park giving access to the line.  From here you can either head east to Beverley or West in the direction of Market Weighton as I did. Being an old railway line the way is flat and the going easy and would make an ideal route for a short walk for those who are less able than others. 

As you head west before long you come to Kiplingcotes Nature Reserve which is adjacent to the northern edge of the line. The nature reserve is operated by Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and you can read more about it here - Kiplingcotes Nature Reserve. With the wind whipping down the dale nature must have decided to shelter as on this occasion there was nothing to see.  I have in the past when passing by seen Red Kite and Buzzard drifting over the reserve.

Disused Beverley to York
Railway line.
My route continued to follow the disused line. On other days it is busy with walkers but today I was a solitary figure not seeing anyone as I battled in to the wind and rain. Eventually the line crossed the road to Goodmanham near where it forks from the Market Weighton Road. 

Source of Market
Weighton Beck 
Here is a piece of marshy ground that is the start point of Market Weighton Beck. It's fed by springwater that emerges from under the road. However for the time of year the flow was not what you'd expect. 

After following the line beyond the road I arrived at the outskirts of Market Weighton. At this point I left the disused line behind and turned right on to a path that doubled back towards the village of Goodmanham. Nestled on a south facing slope of the Yorkshire Wolds Goodmanham  has a significant past being the site of an ancient pagan temple and the current Church of All Hallows dates back to the 12th Century. The village pub the "Goodmanham Arms" is popular  with walkers and locals. Details of the pub can be found here - http://www.goodmanham-arms.co.uk/. My route climbed up along the main street of the village, past the pub and up the side of the church. Just at the edge of the village I turned right on to the road that crossed the disused railway line in the dale bottom.

Just after the crossover I left the road and disused railway line behind taking a path south east that headed up the side of the dale and on to Arras Hill. Here I could feel the fury of the wind. Fortunately it was at my back and was helping to push me up the hill. Turning back and looking across the Vale of York I could see squalls blowing in towards me, giving me the incentive to press on quickly up and across Arras Hill.  Upon reaching Arras I took the road that headed north and back down in to the dale bottom. 

Arras Hill Skyscape
Sunset was fast approaching and the sky was turning gold. It may have been a stormy day but the contrast of the ragged clouds and hue created by the setting sun made a great skyscape. 

I carried on to the end of the road, turned right back under the railway line and took the road entrance back up to Kiplingcotes Station. In total I had done just over 8 miles and enjoyed battling against the weather. 

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