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Bridleway over Garton Balk
Bridleway over Garton Balk

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Route No. 416 - Thursday 31 March 2011
Kilham West Field, Danes Graves Plantation,
Garton Balk, Elmswell Wold,
Cottam Warren circuit - 12km
Yorkshire Wolds . . .

Route map from Ordnance Survey Open Space service.

Map: OS Explorer 295 Bridlington, Driffield & Hornsea

A route contributed by John Thorpe who knows the Yorkshire Wolds well


Horses grazing the verge at Kilham West Fields
Horses grazing the verge at Kilham West Fields

They turned right to walk along the lane past Westfield Farm. After a little over a kilometer they came to Danes Graves Plantation. There are many small tumuli or burial mounds in the plantation, almost 200 of them according to a paper published in 1903. They were excavated a few at a time at the end of the 1800's. Generally each mound contained one burial. There is no public access today.

 

Two friends of mine, John & Tom, walked this route at the end of March but I have only just got my hands on the photos
They drove to a crossroads on the B1249 just over 5km north of the Driffield by-pass. They parked in a small lay-by with room for no more than two cars at map ref. TA009642. From the lay-by they walked eastwards along the road for about 500m to a lane on the right at map ref. TA014642. There is a sign post at the junction indicating "Danes Graves" along the lane.

Sign to Danes Graves
Sign to "Danes Graves"

Red campion by the roadside
Red campion by the roadside

Crosswort
Crosswort

Oil seed rape in full flower
Oil seed rape in full flower

Bridleway over Garton Balk
Bridleway over Garton Balk

Here they turned right to head southwest along a long straight track called Garton Balk. After about 2km the track brought them to the B1249 where they turned right and then after about 20m left to walk along the farm access road to Wold House Farm.

 

They continued along the track past the plantation for almost a kilometer to map ref. TA029631 where the track forks. The left hand fork goes towards Pockthorpe Hall but they took the right hand fork for about 400m to a four way junction in the tracks at map ref. TA033627.

Track west of Pockthorpe Hall
Track west of Pockthorpe Hall

Speedwell
Speedwell

View towards Driffield
View towards Driffield

Sheep at Wold House Farm
Sheep at Wold House Farm

Wind turbine at Elmswell Wold Farm
Wind turbine at Elmswell Wold Farm

Cottam Warren Farm
Cottam Warren Farm

They followed this road to Cottam Warren Farm and continued past the farm where the road became a track and then a path across the fields. After about 1.3km from Cottam Warren Farm they came to another farm track where they turned right to follow the track. After a little over a kilometer the track brought them back to the crossroads where they had started. The whole walk had been just over 12km and it had taken about four and a half hours including a short lunch stop - thanks for this one John.

They continued past Wold House Farm for about a kilometer to a minor road at map ref. TA000610. They crossed the minor road to continue along an access road to Elmswell Wold Farm where there was a wind turbine in the farmyard. At the 'T'-junction in the track beyond the farm they turned right and after about 600m from the junction they came to another minor road at map ref. SE995614. They turned right to walk along the road for about 300m to a junction where they turned left.

View towards Taton Sykes monument
View towards Taton Sykes monument

WW2 remnants near Cottam air field
WW2 remnants near Cottam air field

A large hairy caterpillar - a garden tiger moth
A large hairy caterpillar - a garden tiger moth caterpillar