GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Aberford Walks

8 miles (13 km)

This circular walk from Aberford explores the countryside to the east of the village, visiting the Lotherton Hall Estate on the way.
The walk starts in the village and heads north east through the village to the Cock Beck. You can follow a footpath east along the beck to Lead Hall Farm and the Crooked Billet Inn. From here you head south to Coldhill Pond before turning north west along Copley Lane to return to visit Lotherton Hall. The estate includes nice footpaths taking you to woodland, parkland and gardens with the resident deer to see on the way. There's also an intersting museum, artworks, a 12th century Norman chapel and a colourful bird garden to see. The hall was bequeathed to Leeds Councilin 1968 bySir Alvary Gascoigneand his wife, last of the Gascoigne family. The Hall and parkland were opened for public access by its new owners on 6 August 1969.
After exploring the hall you head north to Collier Lane and then turn east to meet with The Rein. These Linear earthworks are known as Woodhouse Moor Rein and South Dyke, and are part of the Aberford Dyke system. You can follow a bridleway north west along the earthworks before heading west along Stocks Lane and Lotherton Lane to return to the village.

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Aberford OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

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Pubs/Cafes

There's a decent cafe at Lotherton Hall or you could stop off at the Crooked Billet, just to the east of the hall. The pub does lovely home cooked food and is famous for its giant Yorkshire puddings. There's also a nice garden area for warmer days. You can find the inn just west of Saxton village at a postcode of LS24 9QN for your sat navs.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Near Saxton you can pick up the popular Towton Battlefield Walk. The historical walk explores the site of the 15th century Battle of Towton, a significant conflict during the EnglishWars of the Roses. Just to the north of the site you could visit the impressive Tadcaster Viaduct. Here you can also pick up the Ebor Way and follow a riverside path along the River Wharfe.
South west of the town you will find the neighbouring settlement of Garforth. The Garforth Walk starts from the train station and visits the Aire and Calder Navigation Canal and the lovely RSPB St Aidan's nature reserve. There's excellent birdwatching opportunities and fine scenery here.
Also nearby is the noteworthy Temple Newsam Country Park. There's 1500 acres of parkland to explore here with a series of woodland trails, pretty ponds, landscaped gardens and the Dunstan Hills. The expansive estate surrounds a fine Tudor-Jacobeanhousewith hundreds of years of history.

Photos

Aberford House (4083351679)

Aberford House. A classical 18th century mansion on Main Street in the village.

Village Green Aberford - geograph.org.uk - 351392

Village Green Aberford. A small triangle of grass and trees in the village centre is marked as the village green. A rather fine 18th century house in the background.

The Walled Garden, Lotherton Hall Estate. - geograph.org.uk - 1002099

The Walled Garden, Lotherton Hall Estate.

Part of The Rein boundary works - geograph.org.uk - 998394

Part of The Rein boundary works. It's actually quite hard to make out the earthwork itself when you're on them, due to the preponderance of trees and scrub. In this area, it consists of a 15-foot wide ridge, with a shallow ditch on the southwest side. The Aberford Dykes have been identified as defences of the British kingdom of Elmet against the Anglo-Saxons in the late sixth and early seventh centuries. They have also been interpreted as dykes built to defend the territories of the Brigantes against the advance of the Roman Empire in the first century AD.

Cock Beck

Cock Beck from the bridge near the Crooked Billet Inn on the B1217, North Yorkshire. Part of the Battle of Towton battlefield 1461.

Lead Church - geograph.org.uk - 910354

Lead Church St Mary's church, Lead. Viewed across the field from opposite the Crooked Billet pub.

The Crooked Billet - geograph.org.uk - 270766

The Crooked Billet pub

Lotherton Hall - geograph.org.uk - 237386

Lotherton Hall's Edwardian gardens. Lotherton Hall was given to Leeds City Council in 1968 and contains a museum, art gallery, deer park, bird garden and extensive gardens.

GPS Files

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