“An enjoyable walk with excellent facilities”
Time 3 hours Distance 6 miles
Start at the Regen Centre on Landing Lane, where there are adequate parking, toilet and refreshment facilities. Turn left on leaving the car park and head along Landing Lane into Church Street. Turn into the Churchyard and follow the path towards the Village Green. Cross the Village Green and turn right towards Main Street, where you should turn left and head towards the Post Office (the Greyhound pub is on your right hand side), near which is the site of the village pinfold, where stray animals were kept.
Cross Main Street with care at the Post Office and head down Chapel Lane. At the very bottom of Chapel Lane, you will need to go through a gate on your left hand side. Please remember to close this residential gate. Cross the small field at the end of Chapel Lane and climb the embankment onto the A19. You need to cross the A19 at this point. Do so with extreme care, it is a very busy road. Here the A19 follows the line of the old east coast main railway line from London to Scotland. The line was diverted in 1983 to avoid problems with subsidence when the Selby Coalfield was developed.
Head east across open fields for about a mile, before turning right, over the footbridge showing arrows and heading south towards Riccall Grange Farm. Shortly after passing the farm on the left hand side you reach King Rudding Lane, where you turn right. A left turn would take you to Skipwith Common, an important area of wetlands which you may wish to visit on another day! After a short while a left turn is taken. Walk for 100 metres before turning right and heading west towards Norwood Nurseries.
On the outskirts of the nurseries, turn right again and follow the sign, heading north until a left turn is taken along a bridleway and you eventually head west again towards the A19 along Moor Lane. You have been walking in the historic East Field area of Riccall.
Cross the A19 again with extreme care and walk north of the ‘Riccall’ village sign. On your left is Riccall Park, which dates from 1885. The nearby modern landmark of the Water Tower was built in the 1970s. Cross Main Street with care and take the gated public right of way (Mount Path) behind the old railway cottages with the A19 on your right.
The railway came to Riccall in 1871 and was a major employer for many years. In late Victorian times these cottages, in what was then The Mount, housed 2 signalmen, a platelayer, a porter and a permanent way inspector. At the end of Mount Path is the site of the old railway station which was closed to passengers in 1958.
Turn left into Station Road. [The large house on the right hand side is the former station master’s house.] Head west along Station Road, passing the Village Institute, which was built in the 1920s and is still going strong. At the traffic lights you should cross the road with care and walk between the Church on your left and the Village Green on your right. Turn left past the Churchyard into Church Street where you will pass Hall Farm Cottage on your right hand side. This cottage, a former farm house with 20 acres of land, was built in typical 18th century brick in a long low style.
In 1823 there were 37 working farms in the village and over half the village relied on farming for its livelihood. A hundred years ago there were still 29 farms, but now only a handful remain. Most have been developed into modern housing estates. Continue down Church Street into Landing Lane and the Regen Centre, where you can attempt Riccall Round One if you wish!