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The overgrown remains of Skirlaugh Railway Station with its twin tracks and two platforms
The overgrown remains of Skirlaugh Railway Station with its twin tracks and two platforms

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Route No. 769 - Thursday 4 April 2019
Hornsea Rail Trail, Ivy Farm, Skirlaugh Road,
Old Ellerby, Crab Tree Lane, Green Lane
7km circuit - East Yorkshire . . .

Route map from Ordnance Survey Open Space service.

Map: OS Explorer 293 Kingston-upon-Hull & Beverley


Car park off the A165 by the Hornsea Rail Trail near Skirlaugh
Car park off the A165 by the Hornsea Rail Trail near Skirlaugh

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Setting off from the car park
Setting off from the car park

The twin tracks from Skirlaugh Station join as we left the station
The twin tracks from Skirlaugh Station join as we left the station

The railway was closed in the cuts of the Beeching era in the 1960's. It was a single track railway but opened out to twin tracks at the station allowing trains to pass. From the car park we walked north east along the Hornsea Rail Trail for about 1.25km to the Ellerby Gatehouse to the left of the trail at Skirlaugh Road.

This morning my friend, Jim, and I drove to a car park on the Hornsea Rail Trail off the A165 about 2km south east of Skirlaugh at map ref. TA 153 375. It was a bright but cold spring morning. We set off from the car park through the overgrown remains of Skirlaugh railway station on to the Hornsea Rail Trail along the bed of the old Hull to Hornsea railway.

The overgrown remains of Skirlaugh Station
The overgrown remains of Skirlaugh Station

The Hornsea Rail Trail heading for Ellerby Gatehouse
The Hornsea Rail Trail heading for Ellerby Gatehouse

Passing Ellerby Gatehouse as we neared Skirlaugh Road
Passing Ellerby Gatehouse as we neared Skirlaugh Road

Gate from Hornsea Rail Trail on to Skirlaugh Road
Gate from Hornsea Rail Trail on to Skirlaugh Road

Continuing along Hornsea Rail Trail from Skirlaugh Road
Continuing along Hornsea Rail Trail from Skirlaugh Road

Footpath along the field edge towards Ellerby
Footpath along the field edge towards Ellerby

We passed Ivy Farm on the left of the path and walked along the footpath for about 400m to a right angle bend in Skirlaugh Road.

We crossed the road and continued along the Hornsea Rail Trail for another 560m where we turned right off the trail onto a public footpath.

Gate from Skirlaugh Road back on to Hornsea Rail Trail
Gate from Skirlaugh Road back on to Hornsea Rail Trail

Right turn off the rail train to the footpath towards Ellerby
Right turn off the rail train to the footpath towards Ellerby

Seat by the footpath as we headed towards Ellerby
Seat by the footpath as we headed towards Ellerby

Looking to Ellerby as we joined Skirlaugh Road
Looking to Ellerby as we joined Skirlaugh Road

Heading to Ellerby along Skirlaugh Road
Heading to Ellerby along Skirlaugh Road

Road junction in Old Ellerby
Road junction in Old Ellerby

The winding road out of Old Ellerby
The winding road out of Old Ellerby

From the church we continued along the road, now called Crab Tree Lane as it wound its way out of Old Ellerby.

We followed Skirlaugh Road between the fields into the village of Old Ellerby. We passed the village church of St. James at a road junction.

Entering the village of Old Ellerby
Entering the village of Old Ellerby

Village church of St. James at the road junction
Village church of St. James at the road junction

The winding road out of Old Ellerby
The winding road out of Old Ellerby

Passing the Bluebell Inn on the edge of Old Ellerby
Passing the Bluebell Inn on the edge of Old Ellerby

Crab Tree Lane from Old Ellerby
Crab Tree Lane from Old Ellerby

Crab Tree Lane from Old Ellerby
Crab Tree Lane from Old Ellerby

North Sea gas installation by the road side
North Sea gas installation by the road side

There were other spring flowers in the hedge bottom along side the road including a large area of primroses and a few celandines. We came to the A165 at the junction called Four Lane Ends where we had to pause for a while until there was a safe gap in the busy traffic.

We continued along Crab Tree Lane towards the A165. There was lots of white Blackthorn blossom in the hedgerows. The blossom appears on the bare twigs before the leaf buds burst open.

Crab Tree Lane from Old Ellerby
Crab Tree Lane from Old Ellerby

Part of a large area of primroses by the road side
Part of a large area of primroses by the road side

Blackthorn blossom by Crab Tree Lane
Blackthorn blossom by Crab Tree Lane

The junction of Crab Tree Lane with the A165
The junction of Crab Tree Lane with the A165

The start of Green Lane from the A165
The start of Green Lane from the A165

Deep water-filled ruts along Green Lane
Deep water-filled ruts along Green Lane

Green Lane heading for Hornsea Rail Trail
Green Lane heading for Hornsea Rail Trail

The track was spoilt by the eyesores of fly tipping along the way. Ironically the track is called Green Lane. From the A165 we walked along Green Lane for a little over 1km to the junction with the Hornsea Rail Trail and the public road called Dancing Lane. At this junction we turned right on to the Hornsea Rail Trail.

We crossed the A165 to a public footpath along a farm track opposite. The flat arable land here lends itself to large fields worked by ever larger machinery. The farm track was deeply rutted by these huge machines. These ruts filled with rain water made for awkward walking.

Fly tipping builder‘s rubbish on Green Lane
Fly tipping, builder's rubbish on Green Lane

Fly tipping, a couple of old fridges on Green Lane
Fly tipping, a couple of old fridges on Green Lane

Green Lane heading for Hornsea Rail Trail
Green Lane heading for Hornsea Rail Trail

Junction of green Lane with the Hornsea Rail Trail and Dancing Lane straight ahead
Turning right from Green Lane on to Hornsea Rail Trail and Dancing Lane straight ahead

Following Hornsea Rail Trail from Green Lane to the A165
Following Hornsea Rail Trail from Green Lane to the A165

The whole route was a little over 7km and it took me about two and a half hours to walk the route. My wonky knees are not so good at present and I needed a short flat walk today and the walk was indeed short and flat.

From the junction we walked along the Hornsea Rail Trail for about 1.5km back to the car park off the A165 and the end of our walk.

Following Hornsea Rail Trail from Green Lane to the A165
Following Hornsea Rail Trail from Green Lane to the A165

Returning to the car park off the A165 at the end of our walk
Returning to the car park off the A165 at the end of our walk

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