Tadcaster Ramblings

News, comments, ideas for walks etc.

Ideas, news and comments on walking near Tadcaster and beyond, plus photographs of some of the places you might visit when walking near Tadcaster.
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St John the Baptist Church, Kirkby Wharfe

An interesting medieval church (Grade 2* listed) can be reached by the footpath which follows the Wharfe downstream from Tadcaster on the right bank. Many years ago, when the Wharfe was an active navigation, this path was the towpath. Today the path sits on the raised berm running through quiet farmland. The church is reached by turning off the towpath when you reach a metal kissing gate, walk across the field to a gate in the far corner. Follow the farm track up into the village and turn right. The church is at the edge of Grimston Park.

A 12th century church with additions in the 13th and 14th centuries and some Victorian rebuilding, especially to the exterior. The church and it's interior are described at this webpage.

On your way to Kirkby Wharfe you may spot an inconsequential clump of hawthorn bushes. These bushes hide Kettleman Bridge, a medieval bridge which once crossed Cock Beck. It now crosses dry land, being partially buried by flood defences. In medieval times quays lined the banks of Cock for transhipping stone from Thievesdale into barges. For example, barges carried stone for the repair of York Minster.

St Andrew's Church, Newton Kyme

This fine medieval church (Grade 1 listed) can be reached by the footpath on the western bank of the River Wharfe. The church marks the resting place of many members of the Fairfax family. The interior is well worth a visit though the church will be locked at most times. (A description.)

One Owen Oglethorpe, born in Newton Kyme and educated at Oxford, became the rector of Newton Kyme and subsequently in 1557 the Bishop of Carlisle. In 1558 he performed the coronation of Queen Elizabeth I in Westminster Abbey; other more senior bishops and archbishops refusing to officiate. Elizabeth had been declared illegitimate by Henry VIII when her mother, Anne Boleyn, was beheaded. Elizabeth's coronation was thought controversial at the time.

Owen Oglethorpe died in 1593 leaving money and property for the founding of a Grammar School and Hospital in Tadcaster.

Adjacent to the church is the fine Newton Kyme Hall. The footpath runs in front of the hall, alongside a 'haha'.

A 'haha', shown at the bottom of the photograph, is a walled ditch. It prevents cattle and sheep from encroaching on to the hall's front lawn. The 'haha', being invisible from the hall, does not spoil the view from the hall across the adjacent parkland.

A stile improved, Islington

Encountering a stile is one aspect of public footpaths which deters some less mobile walkers from venturing out. This is especially true when the style needs a hefty step up to cross over it. Walkers have noted the high step of the stile on the footpath behind Lawton's at Islington. Someone has now, very kindly, added a second step to the stile. Here are the before and after pictures.

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