Odyssey Stage 5 – Arras Wold to Londesborough

Now safely across the A1079, the atmosphere seems a little different, less foreign somehow.   The landscape seems to have altered a little, though clearly this is just a figment on my imagination.  Stage 5 offered more adventure, as we had to bring our experience of the trail, and our burgeoning navigational skills to bear, in order to tackle the quirk of Stage 5….more on this below..

We parked up at Arras Farm on the top of a hill, high above Market Weighton.    We followed the tree lined farm track into the farm yard.  I felt nervous here, worried we’d become inadvertent trespassers having missed a sign, though this was not to be the case, the farm yard forming part of the YWW after all.   Through the back of the farm we came out of the woods bearing left in a more westerly direction with rolling fields to our right.   The bridle way rolled over these hills, before turning into a narrow path with a steep and challenging right to left downward camber, at which point we we’re heading downhill rather steeply.    At the end of this field we came across a sign that warned of aggressive calf defending cows, with a separate sign warning of a bull!.   Luckily today the field was empty of all cattle.

At the bottom of this steep field we arrived at a road.   After 100 yards, the YWW pointed left up onto a disused railway line (It also pointed straight on as it turned out.  More on this later).


We now had a long 1 ½ mile straight, flat, tree covered stretch on this line.   The only place of note was St Helen’s Well (believed to be the site of the High pagan Temple destroyed by its High Priest Coifi) on our left, and one railway bridge which we ran under.    The track ended at what appeared to be the start of some “Monkey Trail” in Market Weighton (a cycle route that connects to Beverley).   We ran past a park, and through some parkland, before arriving in the town.   We we’re pointed toward the main road through Market Weighton, but when we got there the signs abandoned us.   We were lost!

Heading west on the main street (based on a guess), we turned right as the road signs at least pointed to various tracks, one leading to Londesborough (that one could be ours).   With nothing changing, we stopped to consult Google.    We found a useful map on the Ordnance Survey, however would you believe it – There are 2 YWW trail options?!!!!

YWW map2 (2)
Both routes highlighted here in blue.  We are now on the road in between, where the green dots are, up to the roundabout at the A614 and then back right toward YWW Option 1.

Option 1 (the one we took) – diverts through Market Weighton, however we should have stayed on the main street, picking up the trail further out by turning in a northerly direction, now parallel with the road we were on (see blue line on left of map).   Option 2 – was to not use the railway track and carry on to Goodmanham, then pick up the trail direct to Londesborough.

In order to right our course we elected to carry on up the road until the next roundabout with the A614 going west to east, take a right (east) and pick up the YWW where it crosses over (the option 2 path again, the right side blue line on the map above).    It was a long way to this roundabout though (1 mile).   We turned right there, and saw what remains of the Minster FM stalwart advertiser “Karlelia Cars” (Remember big John? – retired/dead now I guess(?)).   We ran through a lay-by past a picnic area uphill, and there it was the YWW sign!  Yay!  A very comforting sight.

We’d covered 5 miles, but because it was only 1 mile back to Goodmanham from here, we estimated the way back would be 1 ½ miles or so less then our route here; so we decided to take more on and attempt to make it to Londesborough.     We crossed over the A614, down a bridleway at the side of a field, picking up a farm road.  This bent right, before we we’re pointed through Londesborough Park, which was very reminiscent of Castle Howard.   Beautiful it was, with old trees and sheep in the fields as we headed down to the lake side.

John pointed out that due to the investment in ironmongery just to protect the younger trees, that whoever owned this land must be minted.   At the lake we crossed a small wooden bridge, through a gate and up hill into Deer Park.   Here we met an YWW T-junction where the YWW reunites with itself and both Option’s 1 and 2 point right up to Howlgate Lane, Londesborough.   At the top of the hill we merged with the village and find our parking place for next time.   6 ½ miles covered.

Back then, we retraced our steps through Londesborough Park, and as far as the A614.   Here we followed the YWW (option 2) back over a field, turning left and downhill by the side of that field the track became thinner, and headed through the woods, bearing right, and under a railway bridge.   Then uphill and into Goodmanham.   Turing left into the village the right at the top of the hill (past Brownie Camp) we followed the country road downhill and left (north) towards another railway line, which happened to be the track we took going out (YWW Option 1).   Back to the bull field, we staggered up this steep hill, and started running again when the angle fizzled out a little in the next field.

Then began the long slog back up the rolling hills to Arras Farm.   After 1 ½ miles of concentrated running, we got through the farm, up the farm track and back to the car.  11.6 miles covered and a good, if tricky, stage 5 complete.

Jam Tarts comprised the post stage 5 snack.  Only £1 per pack.  A nostalgic end to proceedings!

Join us next time as we hunt down Nunburnholme!!   Destiny is all



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