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View from the track between Bowlees and 
Ash Hill
View from the track between Bowlees and Ash Hill

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Route No. 154 - Wednesday 25 June 2008
Market Weighton, Wolds Way,
Sancton, Houghton Hall circuit - 14km
Yorkshire Wolds . . .

Map: OS Explorer 294 Market Weighton & Yorkshire Wolds Central;
OS Explorer 291 Goole & Gilberdyke;
OS Explorer 293 Kingston upon Hull & Beverley all at 1:25000
(this route is a real pain to navigate as it laps onto the corner join of all these three maps)
Route Map on 'Landranger' base map from OS Open Space service
Open this route in Google Earth


The church in Market Weighton
The church in Market Weighton

We started our walk just after 10.00am and followed the Wolds Way route out of Market Weighton via the track along a disused railway.

This morning three of us drove to Market Weighton on the edge of the Yorkshire Wolds and parked on a street near the church.

Setting out along the old railway track from Market Weighton
Setting out along the old railway track from Market Weighton

Following the old railway track from Market Weighton
Following the old railway track from Market Weighton

Purple vetch by the old railway track
Purple vetch by the old railway track

The Wolds Way leaving the old railway to climb up on to the wolds
The Wolds Way leaving the old railway to climb up on to the wolds

However we turned right to follow the Wolds Way climbing up onto the edge of the Yorkshire Wolds and across the fields to a farm called Arras.

After about 2km we came to a minor road at map ref. SE899426. To the left the road leads up to the village of Goodmanham.

Ears of wheat in the field by the path
Ears of wheat in the field by the path

View from the Wolds Way between Market Weighton & Sancton
View from the Wolds Way between Market Weighton & Sancton

The Wolds Way between Market Weighton & Sancton
The Wolds Way between Market Weighton & Sancton

Old combined harvester  serving as a TV aerial stand
Old combined harvester serving as a TV aerial stand

Sticky buds (or burdock) by the path
Burdock (or sticky buds as we called it as children) by the path
Ivy covered farm house
Ivy covered farm house at Arras
The Wolds Way on the farm access road from Arras to the A1079
The Wolds Way on the farm access road from Arras to the A1079

Finger post to Sancton
Finger post to Sancton

We followed a track called Dale Road on the map, which leads down to the village of Sancton. At the turn the finger post is hidden in the hedge and is not visible until you have already made the turn.

We walked along the farm access road to cross the A1079 and continue on a minor road for about 200m to map ref. SE926410. Here we turned right off the road and left the Wolds Way.

Poppies amongst the oil seed rape pods
Poppies amongst the oil seed rape pods

Track heading towards Sancton between fields of barley and oil seed rape
Track heading towards Sancton between fields of barley and oil seed rape
An example of the flinty chalk of the Yorkshire Wolds
An example of the flinty chalk of the Yorkshire Wolds
Track called "Dale Road" from the Wolds Way down a little valley to Sancton
Track called "Dale Road" from the Wolds Way to Sancton

Track called "Dale Road" from the Wolds Way down a little valley to Sancton
Track called "Dale Road" from the Wolds Way to Sancton

Not long after we stopped the first light shower began but did not disrupt our break. As it turned out this was the only shower we had all day and the patches of blue sky and warm sunny spells returned. We continued down the little valley to the village of Sancton and at the A1034 we turned right to walk up the hill past the church for 300m to map ref. SE898397.

So far the weather had been very pleasant with warm sunny spells and a light breeze, but the cloud was building (as forecast) and we decided to stop for an early lunch before the showers arrived. We sat in a gateway decorated with poppies and cow parsley.

The church at Sancton
The church at Sancton

Track from Sancton towards Houghton Hall
Track from Sancton towards Houghton Hall

Path through the woods approaching Houghton Hall
Path through the woods approaching Houghton Hall

Just through the wood the public footpath turned left and after 200m turned right to go around the edge of the parkland at Houghton Hall.

Here we turned left to follow a track down the side of the fields for about 700m to a small wood.

Houghton Hall
Houghton Hall

Herd of Limousin cattle at Houghton Hall
Herd of Limousin cattle at Houghton Hall

An ancient oak tree at Houghton Hall
An ancient oak tree at Houghton Hall

The path turned right here and we followed it down the side of the polo field to a small wood.

We continued along the public footpath past the hall to map ref. SE883392 at the corner of the polo field of the "Vale of York Polo Club".

Score board at the polo field
Score board at the polo field

The immaculate expanse of the  rolled , close cut polo field at Houghton Hall
The immaculate expanse of the rolled, close cut polo field at Houghton Hall

Path through a wood to Market Weighton from the polo field
Path through a wood to Market Weighton from the polo field

Here we joined a minor road leading to the Market Weighton by-pass.

The path continued through the wood and beyond the wood we followed the path across the fields to Crossfield House.

Chocolate brown butterfly with white edging on its wings
Chocolate brown butterfly with white edging on its wings, a 'Ringlet'

Blue Damsel Fly on the grass by the path
Blue Damsel Fly on the grass by the path
Dead goldfinch by the road side
Dead goldfinch by the road side

Market Weighton Fire Station
Market Weighton Fire Station

The whole route had been about 14km and had taken us about four and a half hours to walk including our lunch stop. On the way home we stopped at a large garden centre (one of our regular haunts) for a coffee and a bacon roll to complete the day.

We walked along the minor road, not too much traffic but travelling very fast. We crossed the by-pass to a housing estate road on the edge of Market Weighton and walked back through the town past the fire station to the church where we had parked.

Market Weighton Church
Back at Market Weighton Church