East Yorkshire Railway Walks - Part 2 of 3 (Wolds)

Welcome to part two of my three part series of railway walks available in East Yorkshire – The first part of the series featured railway walks to the west of Hull (The Ruston Way, The Bubworth Trail and Eastrington Rail Trail); this post will concentrate on walks around the Stamford Bridge and Tixendale area. The third post (which hopefully will be posted in the next couple of weeks), will highlight walks located on the east coast.

As previously mentioned in Part 1, I have taken inspiration from a book called "Yorkshire Railway Rambles" by David E Walford,  detailing these types of walks in East and North Yorkshire. This book expands in greater detail the history of the railways and the significance to each of the routes, therefore a fantastic resource for walkers and railway enthusiasts.

These posts will hopefully give an insight into my favourite railway walks in the county and hopefully encourage others to try a couple of the trails. A number of my featured walks, detailed on this blog, also incorporate the trails mentioned in the book and therefore I'll reference these where appropriate.

Stamford Bridge Viaduct Trail

Having not walked around Stamford Bridge much this was a nice small walk with the family and dog of no more than two miles. The walk is flat and the majority tarmacked, therefore fantastic for a bike ride for children or for anyone with a disability requiring a flat level path.

The main stretch of the rail trail runs from Stamford Bridge at GR: SE71239 55224 (Church Road) to SE70533 55584, however can be extended crossing the A166 up to Warthill Common at GR SE67448 56844, although this part is overgrown and doesn't seem to be walked extensively.

View of Stamford Bridge Viaduct from the parking area and walking under the viaduct 
Although there is plenty of parking within Stamford Bridge there is a free public car park/picnic area at GR SE71178 55509 (town centre) with the rail trail accessible by walking a short distance following the River Derwent and a public footpath (this can be muddy therefore not suitable for disabled access, therefore advisable to park at the road side on Church Road). 

From Church Road, evidence of the York to Hull old railway station is obvious with the original crossing gate and platform still preserved and the old station is now a social club.

The old Stamford Bridge Railway Station and platform

Path over the viaduct and view looking back towards Stamford Bridge
For a longer walk please note my 'Stamford Bridge Stomp' walk below, which initially follows the Minster Way starting on the west bank of the Derwent. The route follows the river south to Kexby and returning back to Stamford Bridge to the parking/picnic area via the viaduct on the east bank.

Wharram Percy Rail Trail

View of Deepdale from Wharram Percy
I have visited Wharram Percy a number of times and love the many walks available in the area. With the sweeping landscape of Deepdale, picturesque villages of Thixendale and Wharram Le Street, including the added interest of the deserted medieval village, it all makes for a fascinating location to visit.

The rail trail is accessible from a number of locations, with public footpaths serving the area well, therefore various starting points can be used depending on the length of walk required. For the shorter routes (illustrated on the map below - 3 and 8 miles in length) are best started from the free public car park close to Bella Farm.

Although this rail trail (part of the old Driffield to Malton Railway) runs from GR SE8610 to SE85788 indicated on the map marked 'A' and 'B', both circular walks utilise the Yorkshire Wolds Way, which I would suggest be walked in a clockwise direction, especially if taking the longer route, as the decent from Deepdale gives a fantastic view of Wharram Percy Church and the village.

Site of the Wharram Percy Station (http://www.disused-stations.org.uk)
To appreciate the area's countryside and wildlife further and experience a longer route, please see my eight and a half mile walk post 'Tixendale to Wharram Percy' , alternatively my 18 mile walk, detailed on the East Yorkshire walks page - (Walk No. C3 Thixendale & Wharram Percy Circular). Both these walks either utilises the rail trail or can easily be altered for it's inclusion.

Path to Wharram Percy church from the Rail Trail and Wharram Percy Church

Location of Rail Trails in East Yorkshire (to be updated in part three of the series)

                                                                View East Yorkshire Railway Trails in a larger 

I hope this second instalments of the series has illustrated further trails available and hopefully has been interesting enough for some of the routes to be explored.

As always, if anyone has an interesting walk/route/trail they feel would be of interest I'd be happy to include it on this Blog (please post to thewalkingcaveman@ymail.com) - full accreditation will be given to the author and website if applicable.

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