Tadcaster Viaduct Walk
This walk visits the impressive Tadcaster Viaduct across the River Wharfe in the Yorkshire town of Tadchester. The viaduct was constructed as part of the northern section of the Leeds-York Line. It consists of 11 arches, 7 west of the river, 2 east of the river, and 2 wider arches across the River Wharfe.
Start the walk from the Bridge Street Bridge and follow Wharfe Bank Terrace along the river to the viaduct. You can then climb up to the viaduct where there is a footpath running along the top. There's nice views over the town and the river from the elevated position of the viaduct.
The interesting market town has other historical sites to visit after your walk. The oldest building in active use in the town is 'The Ark', built in the late-15th century. There's also Tadcaster Bridge built in 1700 which connects two parts of the town centre.
To continue your walking around Tadcaster you could head south and try the Towton Battlefield Walk. The historical walk explores the site of the Battle of Towton which was fought on 29 March 1461 near the village of Towton.
The Jorvic Way and the Ebor Way also pass through the town. You can pick up these trails to explore the countryside surrounding the town. Heading north east on the Ebory Way will take you through the countryside to Copmanthorpe.
There's also nice riverside footpaths heading south east from Tadcaster to the nearby village of Ulleskelf.
Tadcaster Viaduct Walk Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Tadcaster Viaduct Walk Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Tadcaster Viaduct Walk OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Tadcaster Viaduct Walk Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
Head few miles south of Tadcaster and you'll find one of the historic highlights of the area at the Lotherton Hall Estate. The fine Edwardian house is surrounded by beautiful parkland with woodland, a deer park and a bird garden to see. The circular Aberford Walk starts in the nearby village and explores the surrounding countryside before visiting the hall. On the way you'll pass Saxton and the noteworthy Crooket Billet pub which is famous for its giant Yorkshire Puddings. Just north of the village you can pick up the Hazlewood Castle Walk and visit the nearby country estate. Here you'll find expansive bluebell woods and a mountain bike trail located to the west of the 18th century mansion which is now run as a hotel. Parlington Woods on the historic Parlington Hall Estate can be visited near here. Just north of the woods you can also explore the villages of Barwick-in-Elmet and Thorner. Here you could visit Bramham Park where there are hundreds of acres of parkland, gardens, woodland and countryside to explore. The landscaped park surrounds the historic 18th century Bramham House which is a Grade I listed building.