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Market Weighton, as its name suggests, is a thriving market town with a lovely green, duck pond and Georgian and Victorian streets.
Its most famous resident is William Bradley, born in 1787, who grew his way into the Guinness Book of Records as England`s Tallest Man, measuring 7ft 9inches tall and weighing 27 stone. His name remains in the book to this day, and must be one record that nobody is too keen to beat. Bradley's extra large chair is still in his local pub, the Londesborough Arms, and a plaque of his footprint is displayed in the town at the top of Linegate. There is also the Giant Bradley Heritage Trail, marked by 23 life size giant footprints (based on one of Bradleys shoes). A free colour leaflet is available from local outlets.
Although only a shadow of its former glory, nearby Londesborough Park is one of the most pleasant spots along the 79-mile Wolds Way National Trail. In the 19th century it belonged to George Hudson, the infamous Railway King who turned York into the 19th century railway capital of England. The railways also brought increased prosperity to Market Weighton. The Hudson Way footpath from Beverley to Market Weighton commemorates this man and is a very pleasant walk following the now disused railway line.
Just two miles from Market Weighton is the little village of Goodmanham, which dates back to stone age times. It is well worth visiting the little Norman All Hallows church which stands on the site where in the 7th century, a heathen temple was burned, heralding the advent of Christianity in Northern England. A window in the church commemorates this historic event. The celebrated Kiplingcotes Derby takes place just outside Market Weighton each March. The oldest flat race in England, it follows a four mile course over farm lanes and tracks, from Etton to Londesborough Wold Farm, and is a popular spectacle.
You can now Walk the Yorkshire Wolds with our new Walk the Wolds pack. Explore the peaceful landscapes of the Yorkshire Wolds with the new pack of walks and enjoy 15 circular walks through the rolling hills and picturesque villages.
The Walk the Wolds pack consists of a pack of laminated cards with 15 circular walks and information about the Wold's villages. They have been specifically designed to accompany you on your walks with maps, written directions and interesting facts to hand.
To purchase your pack please contact Beverley Tourist Information Centre on 01482 391672 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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East Yorkshire is accessible from the UK's motorway network connecting with the M62, M1, A1, M180 and M18
: 15 miles from Beverley station
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