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This short section has a lovely bridleway route across farmland to start and then is mainly country lanes through estate countryside.
The village of Huggate's name is thought to be a Scandinavian term meaning 'road to the mounds'. It has the second deepest well in England at 339ft - however it took two men 20 minutes to extract one bucket of water! Today the well site is marked by a millstone on the village green. Huggate is a beautiful village with great access to a network of bridleways incorporating Great Givendale and Millington Pastures and makes a great base to stay for a couple of days with a horse to explore daily circulars.
From Huggate quiet lanes takes us through Warter to Nunburnholme. Warter hosts the Wolds Heritage Centre in the (deconsecrated) church. You can access the church with your horse from the centre of the village (it's best to dismount and lead it up the path). You can tie up your horse to a fence or trees behind the church while you look at the interesting displays, sometimes there are tea and cakes available at the Centre.
The village used to be the site of Warter Priory, a Victorian mansion built on the site of a modest Augustinian Priory founded in 1132. With its 80 bedrooms, Warter Priory provided work for many of the local people, however fell into decline after the World War II when there were fewer people to work. The cost of running the house became so great it was demolished in 1972 and the rubble thrown into the lake. Nevertheless, the estate land provides us with a green and majestic landscape to ride through.
The pleasant village of Nunburnholme was home to the authors of 'A History of British Birds', published by Reverend Francis Orpen Morris and Benjamin Fawcett in 1848: their association lasted 50 years and had a profound effect on British ornithology and - thanks to the introduction of new printing techniques - on the history of publishing.
At Nunburnholme the route can continue northwards towards Millington (see 'Everingham to Bishop Wilton' route and follow from Nunburnholme) or can extend down to Everingham where there is a linear route to Bubwith on the Howdenshire Rail Trail (see 'Bubwith to Everingham' route).
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Beech House, Tibthorpe YO25 9LA (01377 229495).
Manor House Farm, Huggate YO42 1YA (01377 288368). 1 mile from route.
Greenwick Farm, Huggate YO42 1YR (01377 288122). 3 miles from route.
Paws a While, Kilnwick Percy YO42 1UF (01759 301168). 1 mile from route.
The Grange, Everingham YO42 4LQ (01759 306837). 4 miles from route.
Huggate > Warter > Nunburnholme
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