Stamford Bridge - Kexby - River Derwent

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Stamford Bridge - not the football ground, but the battle site where King Harold II beat Harald Hardråde of Norway in 1066, before marching swiftly to Kent to be routed by William, Duke of Normandy near Hastings.

There's no real sign of the battle at Stamford Bridge. However, there is some great walking, so we leave Stamford Bridge over a fine old 19th Century railway viaduct (the only one in East Yorkshire). It was recently converted for cycles, pedestrians and horse traffic by Sustrans, but once carried the York to Beverley railway line.

Our next leg is along a network of tarmacked lanes to the west of Stamford Bridge, easy, flat walking and the miles just seem to melt away. We follow them as far as the small village of Kexby. Kexby can't really claim to be pretty, hindered as it is by having the main A1079 running through it.

Fortunately, we walk beside the A1079 for only a very short distance, before heading north on the Minster Way, a long-distance path linking the minsters of Beverley and York. We follow the Minster Way along the banks of the tranquil River Derwent, through grassy meadowland, all the way back to Stamford Bridge - perfect countryside for picnics.

The first half of the walk is very dog-friendly, however the second half (along the River Derwent) has quite a number of stiles, not all of which have dog-gates. There are also likely to be cattle present.

England - North England - Yorkshire - Countryside


Birds, Cafe, Food Shop, Mostly Flat, Pub, Public Transport, River, Woodland
6/12/2017 - Peter Hall

As at June 11th 2017 at point 11 as you climb over the crash barrier the pathway down to the riverbank is wholly overgrown and virtually impassible (unless you want stinging from shoulder to ankle,as I did ) It is a relatively short section and may be being sorted out as I speak. For those who want to walk this with their four legged friends, just be aware that there were a lot of cattle in the fields and also a bull field to negotiate between point 11 and point 12. No unfriendly stiles though. These points being made it was a lovely tranquil walk and i would certainly recommend it.

5/21/2009 - Walkingworld Administrator

Glad you spotted the deliberate mistake, Trevor. Thanks for the information. Chris has kindly brought the walk details up to date.

5/7/2009 - Trevor Clarkson

We did this walk on Tuesday 5th May 2009 and I have a couple of comments. The Gateway to York Hotel on the A1079 at Kexby was closed and it looked as though building work is in progress. Afterwards we spoke to the landlady of the Swordsman Inn in Stamford Bridge and she said that the hotel was being converted into a care home so no refreshments at Kexby. It may be that the walk could be started in Kexby so that refreshments are available at Stamford Bridge half way round. We did not investigate any possible parking or transport options for such a change. Next ... Picture Number 8 shows a stone marker and a signpost. This is not actually at Waypoint 8. It is about half way between 7 and 8 on the map. However the directions associated with the picture are correct. At map waypoint 8 there is a signpost for Minster Way but it is very low down near the ground and cannot be easily seen from a distance.

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