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The dry valleys of Medieval Cottam

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  • Walk the geographically interesting dry valleys
  • Visit the medieval village at Cottam
  • Explore Cowlam Manor and its quaint church

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This was one of those occasions when I had not really researched the walk and on arrival at Cottam expected to see some genuine remains of a medieval village. Archaeologists may be in their element but the rolling burial grounds did little for me, even if the derelict church is impressive, particularly on the approach march! The best thing about the walk is the extraordinary, steep sided dry valleys that pepper the area and through which the paths go – it is rather like a maze where the hope is to find the way out but guesswork is certainly involved. It is very unusual and makes for some excellent walking. Additionally the lack of views in the deep valleys are made up for on the 2 mile return walk from Cottam with many miles of rolling countryside including parts of the Vale of York and Humber Wolds.

Recommend: Cowlam Manor is worth the detour with its old church and old brick outhouses

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. 300 Howardian Hills & Malton Buy Map
Start Point: 972633. There is some roadside parking on the Cowlam Road - a road that leads directly in to Driffield. Take the signposted footpath towards the Manor.
Height to Climb: 173 ms (567 feet)
Terrain: Excellent walking, stick to the valleys and there is little that can go wrong. The return from Cottam is arrow straight
Eating & Drinking: Stedmore and Driffield are nearest places to eat and drink, Sledmore is very pretty whilst Driffield has more choice.
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