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Turning right off the old railway bed to the footbridge in the corner of the field on to Carr Lane
Turning right off the old railway bed to the footbridge in the corner of the field on to Carr Lane

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Route No. 700 - Saturday 2 December 2017
Hovingham, Carr Lane, Cawton,
Hovingham Spa circuit - 6km
Howardian Hills . . .

Route map from Ordnance Survey Open Space service.

Map: OS Explorer 300 Howardian Hills & Malton


Setting off from the bakery by the ford to cross the footbridge and walk along Brookside
Setting off from the bakery by the ford to cross the footbridge and walk along Brookside

Swinton and District Excelsior Band playing by the village Hall
Swinton and District Excelsior Band playing by the village Hall

I think brass bands make a lovely emotive sound; both my children played in the Easingwold Town Band when they were in their teens many years ago. We met our friends at the ford across a tributary of Marrs Beck by the Hovingham Bakery at map ref. SE 667 758. The weather was fine and a bit brighter that the weather forecast this morning. My wife is recovering from a serious compound fracture of her leg & ankle so today's walk is short and flat to help her rejoin our monthly walks after her fall.

This morning my wife & I drove to Hovingham to meet a group of friends for our regular monthly walk. Today is market day in Hovingham and the whole village was full of parked cars. We arrived a bit early and had a look around the market stalls set out in the village hall car park. Whilst my wife looked around the craft stalls inside the village hall I stood to listen to the Swinton and District Excelsior Brass Band from Malton who were playing in front of the village hall entrance.

Walking along Brookside from the ford
Walking along Brookside from the ford

Turning right off Brookside
Turning right off Brookside

 Gate to the public footpath just beyond the houses
Gate to the public footpath just beyond the houses

Here there was a left hand bend and a wooden field gate across the track. We passed through the gate and walked along the track for about 100m, then we turned right to follow a public footpath along a farm track heading northwards.

Our friend Robert is leading today's walk and we set off from the bakery across the footbridge next to the ford and then turned left to walk along Brookside. After about 90m we turned right and walked along an access road past a few houses for about 120m.

Nearing our right turn by the tree
Nearing our right turn by the tree

Turning right heading northwards to the disused Malton to Thirsk railway
Turning right heading northwards to the disused Malton to Thirsk railway

Track heading towards the disused railway
Track heading towards the disused railway

Then the track turned left along the bed of the disused Malton to Thirsk railway.

We followed this track for about 500m and crossed a timber sleeper bridge over Marrs beck.

Crossing the timber sleeper bridge over Marrs Beck
Crossing the timber sleeper bridge over Marrs Beck

Path along the bed of the disused Malton to Thirsk railway
Path along the bed of the disused Malton to Thirsk railway

Path along the bed of the disused Malton to Thirsk railway
Path along the bed of the disused Malton to Thirsk railway

Turning off the railway path to the bridge in the field corner
Turning off the railway path to the bridge in the field corner

At the field corner we crossed a little wooden footbridge over a tributary of Holbeck out on to Carr Lane at map ref. SE 649 771.

We followed the old railway bed for about 1.7km and then turned right along the field edge.

Path along the bed of the disused Malton to Thirsk railway
Path along the bed of the disused Malton to Thirsk railway

Queueing to cross the footbridge to Carr Lane
Queuing to cross the footbridge to Carr Lane

Crossing the little wooden footbridge over a tributary of Holbeck on to Carr Lane
Crossing the little wooden footbridge over a tributary of Holbeck on to Carr Lane

Following Carr Lane towards Cawton village
Following Carr Lane towards Cawton village

Following Carr Lane towards Cawton village
Following Carr Lane towards Cawton village

There was a large stone stand on the grass verge here that was originally used for the farmer to place his milk churns full of fresh milk ready for collection to go to the dairy. We stopped here for a hot drink on this rather chilly day.

At Carr Lane we turned left to walk along Carr Lane towards the village of Cawton. After almost 200m the road turned sharp left and we continued along the road for another 600m to a right hand bend at the edge of Cawton village.

Following Carr Lane towards Cawton village
Following Carr Lane towards Cawton village

Following Carr Lane towards Cawton village
Following Carr Lane towards Cawton village

Stopping for a hot drink on the old churn stand at the edge of Cawton village
Stopping for a hot drink on the old churn stand at the edge of Cawton village

Leaving Cawton along the route of the Ebor Way
Leaving Cawton along the route of the Ebor Way

ooking back along the Ebor Way to Cawton village
Looking back along the Ebor Way to Cawton village

Hovingham Spa is a group of three spring with differing mineral contents used by the Romans as a spa and later, with the coming of the railway, the Victorians tried to market it as a spa. The railway station at Hovingham was called Hovingham Spa, but the spa project did not succeed.

After our break we set off eastwards along the route of the Ebor Way following a farm access track between the fields. After about 1km along this track, still following the Ebor Way, we came to Hovingham Spa.

Leaving Cawton along the route of the Ebor Way
Leaving Cawton along the route of the Ebor Way

Following the Ebor Way towards Hovingham Spa
Following the Ebor Way towards Hovingham Spa

Spa Villar near the site of the springs at Hovingham Spa
Spa Villar near the site of the springs at Hovingham Spa

Ebor Way heading to Hovingham from Hovingham Spa
Ebor Way heading to Hovingham from Hovingham Spa

Ebor Way heading to Hovingham from Hovingham Spa
Ebor Way heading to Hovingham from Hovingham Spa

Following the access road out to Brookside
Following the access road out to Brookside

The whole route had been about 6km and it had taken us two & a half hours to walk including our stop in Cawton. We were all invited back to Robert & Sally's home in Easingwold for our first Christmas dinner of the season. Sally is an excellent cook and we enjoyed a lovely venison casserole and very pleasant afternoon & evening together.

We continued following the route of the Ebor Way along the farm access tracks for another 1.5km back to the edge of Hovingham. Here we had joined our outward route from Hovingham at map ref. SE 665 759. From there we retraced our steps back to Brookside and the ford next to the bakery and the end of our walk.

Ebor Way heading to Hovingham from Hovingham Spa
Ebor Way heading to Hovingham from Hovingham Spa

Start of the houses at the edge of Hovingham
Start of the houses at the edge of Hovingham

Walking along Brookside near the end of our walk
Walking along Brookside near the end of our walk

Quick boot rinse in the ford at the end of our walk
Quick boot rinse in the ford at the end of our walk

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