My final day in east Yorkshire and it poured down during the afternoon. But later on it started to brighten up and by around 6 o’clock the rain had gone and it had turned into a pleasant evening. There was nothing on TV I wanted to watch so rather than stay in my hotel room I decided to get out for a walk.
I didn’t have to go too far before I was out into open country. I crossed the main road and turned up a minor road that led to the village of Airmyn. It wasn’t too busy – although the few cars that passed me were in something of a hurry!
The countryside in this part of Yorkshire is very flat and extends for many miles with only the occasional small settlement, wind turbines (lots of them!) and the giant Drax power station to break up the view.
After about a mile I reached the small village of Airmyn.
Between 1774 and 1776 this settlement on the Aire close to where it joins the Ouse was a busy port, but today, being close to the M62, it’s a commuter village. Most of the houses looked as if they were fairly modern, although there were some older buildings on the main road.
This is the entrance to the church yard
and this is St David’s church, a Grade II listed building originally built in 1318 and extended in 1676
This clock tower stands at the bend in the road,and is a memorial to the second Earl of Beverley.who funded the building of the local school.
It’s next to the former school building.
The village was built right next to the River Aire and, particularly with the flat terrain, it’s very vulnerable to flooding. A flood defence dyke has been built that follows the course of the river.
There’s a path running along the top of th edyke so I climbed up to take a walk along the river. I followed it until it joined the Ouse and then continued along the path up to Boothferry bridge.
Even though the busy M62 Motorway was only a few miles to the south, it was very quiet and peaceful and once I’d left the village I didn’t see another soul until I reached Boothferry. I saw plenty wind turbines though!
The path took me around the edge of a field of wheat
The confluence with the Ouse
After about a mile and a half, I reached Boothferry swing bridge. At one time, before the M62 was built, traffic heading east towards Hull had to cross this bridge. It certainly wouldn’t have coped with today’s volume of traffic.
I climbed up on the bridge. This was the view looking north
and looking south towards the M62 viaduct.
To make a circular walk I would have had to walk back along the road so I decided to retrace my steps. It made a round trip of just over 5 miles. An easy walk, though, compared to our recent jaunts in the Lake District, but still an enjoyable way to spend a pleasant summer’s evening, making most of the long period of daylight.