Our latest walk

Thursday 26th January 2023

Welton-Long Plantation

Welton, Beverley 20, Welton Wold Farm, Raikes Mausoleum, Wauldby Manor Farm, Turtle Hill, Bottom Plantation, Long Plantation, Wandhills Plantation, South Wold Plantation, Elloughton Hill, Welton ( Green Dragon). 7 ½ Miles.

Members; Chris, Stu. John, Keith

Just 4 of us today venturing out on the last of our ’start and finish at the pub’ walks for the time being. After last week’s frost, we were back to the glorious mud!

The intended start of our walk, through the beautiful Welton Dale, has been spoilt by the inexplicable use of barbed wire to funnel all those who use this popular valley into a path about 20 feet wide. All the recent rain and icemelt has turned this byway into a mile long river of mud.

And so, in the absence of Paul, we made an executive decision to take the higher Beverley 20 route instead, reasoning (wrongly) that it’d keep us out of the mud.

Fine weather for ducks!

We arrived at our starting point outside the Green Dragon just as a shower was easing up. Stu decided not to take any chances and decided to struggle into his over trousers. Chris told him to put a plastic bag over his boots so they’d be easier to put on , but Stu would have none of it.

And so we set off along the Beverley 20 part of the route. It soon became apparent that every other recreational user also had had the same idea to avoid the mud and we were soon wallowing in the brown stuff. It was also uphill which made it even harder, but we’ve had worse, so no one complained (much).

It was here that we noticed Stu repeatedly touching the back of his thigh. Had he tweaked a hamstring or merely got an itch? The answer was revealed when he moved his arm away…proudly displayed for all to see was the Berghaus logo, he’d put them on back to front!

The route goes past the well fenced but still working Welton Quarry and the mud got deeper. At last, the path became tarmacked, and we were soon passing the Raikes Mausoleum.

Raike’s Mausoleum

This was built by the Hull banker, Robert Raikes in 1818 for himself and his family. An underground passageway leads to a large vault containing 7 lead coffins, 4 adult shells and 2 baby shells. The outer wall has been vandalised over the years and the site is now fenced off with yet more barbed wire.

The pond at Waudby Manor farm was, many years ago, used as a skating rink by the local children but those days have long. A high edge and more barbed wire prevents access except for a few ducks.

View over the wolds.

We stopped for a brew and sarnie just before Long Plantation, another popular spot for dog walkers etc. Up above a Red Kite was cavorting, looking for a meal. By the time Keith got his camera out, it’d long gone, probably somewhere in Lincolnshire.

The ‘green lane’ going past Long Plantation is also a favourite spot for fly tippers with rows of black plastic bags, garden waste and unused domestic appliances lining our route. John pointed out that one of these piles of black bags contained the medium in which cannabis had been grown. How he knew this, we didn’t ask.

John points out those dodgy sacks!

Many of the trees in these plantations are being slowly covered by an infestation of ivy. The ivy covers the ground, preventing any plant growth and worked its way up the trees into the crowns. Further along we came across a patch of aconites which certainly added some colour to the day.

Aconites

The Beverley 20 route follows the busy road down Elloughton Hill, but the verges were wide enough to avoid becoming road kill. Many memorial seats can be seen en route and one of those was dedicated to the legendary Hull FC player, John Whiteley .

The seat with enlarged detailed plaques.

Soon after we were back in Welton. It is traditional for the FAC to stand in the stream and get rid of all the mud clinging to our boots. The only one of us with a brush was John and he couldn’t be bothered to get it out of his rucksack and so the cleaning operation was doomed to failure.

The Green Dragon is always a pub which welcomes walkers and, it is claimed, dogs with muddy paws. It also claims that the Highwayman Dick Turpin was arrested there in 1738, although Stu disputes this claim. Whether he was around at the time is anyone’s guess.

St. Helen’s, Welton

A good day out with a few good climbs, laughs and lots of mud!

See you in 2 weeks.

2 Comments

  1. Always interesting and informative, I look forward to and enjoy your reports .
    Photos are brilliant again. 👍

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