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WALKING THE MINSTER WAY - 5O MILE
Go up North Bar Without and lovely New Walk. It is
best to cross safely over to the east side to enjoy
the wide path flanked by fine horse-chestnut trees
and a series of beautiful properties.
2 As you reach the cemetery, turn right down the
Bleach Yard, bordered with venerable brick walls.
Keep straight ahead through a series of alleyways
that bring you out on Woodhall Way.
3 Cross with care, then turn left, walk for some
300 yards to Scrubwood Lane, and here you will
see the first of the wooden way-marks for the
4 It is a little complicated to get safely out of
town, through the housing estate, from here and
into the open country. After some 200 yards you
will see a way-marked path on your left leading
pleasantly through trees to the disused railway.
When you reach the track, go left until you soon
reach the road, go right for 100 yards and then
turn left at the mini roundabout to reach the busy
road of Grange Way.
5 Turn left along the wide path, just before you
reach the Hayride pub, and you will see a stile on
the right across the road that leads out of town
over fields - cross with special care. You can relax
now as the Way is signposted and easy to follow
for the 3 miles to Arram.
STAGE 1: BEVERLEY MINSTER TO BAINTON
CHURCH - 13 MILES.
Many people, myself included, regard the
Minster churches at Beverley and York as the
two finest buildings in Yorkshire.
This 50 mile trek through tranquil East Riding
countryside, links them by footpaths. The route
was devised by Hull-based rambler Ray Wallis in
1980. Incredibly, some intrepid souls have walked
the whole of it in just 1 day.
I intend to complete it in 4 fairly easy slices,
providing Just Beverley readers with an article on
each route over the summer months. All the linear
routes can, with a little planning, be accessed
by public transport. Even for the non-religious
the Way has the aura of a pilgrimage, running
between 2 such ecclesiastical titans, and it passes
an incredible series of splendid churches. Fittingly,
stage 1 ends at Bainton church, often dubbed ‘the
Cathedral of the Wolds.’
Minster North Door - our starting point.
1 This walk should begin by touching the fine
doors in the north transept of Beverley Minster.
Due to the building work, these are currently
being used as the entrance. I then suggest
walking clockwise around this majestic building to
help build an affinity with it for the journey ahead.
At a junction of lanes, by the dog-walking
You may also be fortunate
to see or hear the thrilling
peregrine falcons that nest
on the south tower. Passing
the west front and stunningly
carved north porch, head
up Highgate into the town
Our route, through and out
of town, is very clear and
through Wednesday Market,
down Toll Gavel and Butcher
Of course most of us know
very well the sights on
route, all of us will also no
doubt take great pleasure
in experiencing the town
reopening after lockdown.
Walk down the west (left)
side of Saturday Market and
go straight ahead to pass
our other stellar church,
St. Mary’s. We now pass
through splendid North Bar
on the west side to access
the pelican crossing.
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