A 3 mile circular walk around the wooded Pennine valley of Hardcastle Crags, near Hebden Bridge in West Yorkshire. Owned by the National Trust the valley comprises a beautiful shallow river, Hebden Water with steep wooded valley sides and you will have chance to discover lots of wildlife plus some industrial archaeology along the way. If you have children with you, you may wish to bring along crayons and paper as there are several engraved markers around the site, showing the various leaves and seeds in the woodland.
Stamford Bridge and the River Derwent – Long.
Stamford Bridge and the River Derwent – Long
Distance: 8 miles
Duration: 3 hours
Level of walk: MediumView Walks Key
Why you should do this walk…
If you want to give your dog a good long walk with a lot of off-lead time and an opportunity to have a swim or paddle in the river along the way. This is an easy to follow route on flat terrain through pretty open countryside, with the return leg closely following the River Derwent.
What else you need to know
How to get there – Stamford Bridge is on the A166 York to Bridlington road. By public transport, take the No.10 bus from York City Centre – half hourly service (hourly on Sunday) operated by First York or the No.747 from York to Pocklington via Stamford Bridge operated by East Yorkshire Motor Services – limited service.
Suggested map – OS Explorer 294 Market Weighton & Yorkshire Wolds Central
Car park – Pay and Display, by the road bridge near the river in Stamford Bridge
Start – in the car park, next to the river
Length/time – 8 miles, takes around 2¾-3 hours
Terrain/difficulty – MEDIUM, with no climbing on mostly good clear paths and bridleways by the river. The road sections are easy through a quiet village; the short section by the A1079 has a separate path.
Dog friendliness – the outward leg is mainly on enclosed paths, which allow for plenty of romping off-lead. On the way back by the river, there are several footbridges and stiles with nearly all of them incorporating a dog gate. Cattle may be encountered from time to time, so keep your dog under control and you may see some traffic in Low Catton (one car passed us!)
Food and drink – The Bayhorse in Stamford Bridge in dog-friendly
Public toilets – in Stamford Bridge
Other interesting info:
The Battle of Stamford Bridge 1066 marked the end of the Vikings in Britain.
- At the entrance to the car park, follow a public footpath sign for Low Catton (1½ miles). Pass through a kissing gate and on to a clear path by the river, heading towards the old railway viaduct. There are romping opportunities all around at this point in the wide spaces alongside the path. Keep ahead underneath the old railway line along the river bank.
- Cross a wooden footbridge and pass through a kissing gate into a field – look out for cattle and be prepared to keep your pooch under close control. Head diagonally across a field with trees in it to another kissing gate, leading to another field. Continue on the path as it heads away from the river alongside a wire and post fence to the right and bushes to the left.
- Re-entering more open ground, pass over a little wooden footbridge as the path continues with a field to the left and trees to the right. Keeping ahead, the path becomes enclosed again and eventually bears left then right, following the perimeter of Rectory Farm. Head towards a kissing gate, which leads onto the quiet road entering the village of Low Catton.
- Passing the Old Rectory to the right, continue ahead through this pretty village, with views of the Yorkshire Wolds and open fields. At Town End farm where the road bears left, keep ahead using a public bridleway cutting between two fields. At a waymarked bridleway gate, keep left alongside the tree line. Pass through another waymarked gate and continue basically ahead, with a hedge now to the right. The path leads to the A1079 road.
- Pass through a gate and turn right for a short distance alongside the road. Immediately after passing over the river, turn right at a waymarked footpath sign for Jorvick Way and Minster Way – next to the large East Riding of Yorkshire sign. Step over the metal barrier – your dog will go under, and follow the path down towards the river bank.
- The path now closely follows the river all the way back to Stamford Bridge. There are numerous little footbridges and stiles to negotiate most of which have dog gates. Most dogs will simply go under the fences! Some of the fields may hold cattle, but all offer lovely views of the River Derwent and there are opportunities for your pooch to have a paddle or a swim as the bank slopes to the water’s edge in places. Romping opportunities are in abundance!
- The site of the railway viaduct signals the end of the walk. Follow the path back to Stamford Bridge, up to the road bridge over the river. Cross the road and use the footbridge to cross the river back to the car park on the entrance to Stamford Bridge.