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From: Sloop Inn, Temple HirstTo: Thorpe in Balne16 miles25.7 km34m ascent31m descent
ThumbnailFrom the Sloop Inn, follow the road through Hirst Courtney towards Carlton, but turn right at Coates Hall Farm to cross the River Aire (last seen at Aire Head Springs, south of Malham) to enter Snaith. Here you will find truly one of the best cafés on the entire walk, with a sweet counter you will struggle to resist. The Kitchen is run by keen walkers, so you'll have no problems with muddy boots in here, and I even got a free mince pie for promising to mention them on here! After suitable refreshment, follow the trail through the town, cross over the M62 and wend your way south until you reach the Knottingley and Goole canal, where we are forced west on its northern bank in search of a crossing point. This we find near Pollington, where we turn south towards Topham, crossing the River Went to enter South Yorkshire on the way. This is road walking, but the roads are quiet enough. A short distance further on, at Sykehouse Church, we briefly turn right to leave the trail to cut a corner off (remember the trail has to be suitable for horses and cyclists), but we meet up again at the New Junction Canal at Sykehouse Lock. Keep on endlessly along the western bank of the canal, where the scenery is featureless and you will have a distinct feeling that you're getting nowhere. There are only two occasions in life where the word "trudge" can be used - one of them being descriptive of the walk back to the pavilion after being out at cricket. With your bat tucked under the arm, and your gloves removed, you trudge off sadly. The other occasion is walking on this section of the Wild Yorkshire Way along the New Junction Canal, where you will feel like you're walking the wrong way along a rolling walkway at an airport. After an eternal "trudge" you will finally arrive at Braithwaite, where there is reputed to be a café, although I didn't notice one as I plodded through the village. This is one of the reasons why I hesitate to attempt a refreshment and accommodation guide on here, as pubs, cafés, campsites and hotels come and go over time. Leave the canal and pass through the village to the west, where we again leave the TPT briefly to avoid road walking, before arriving at Thorpe in Balne for tonight's stop. As overnight stops go, Thorpe in Balne is pretty useless, as there's no pub, no shop, no café, no nowt in the village, so you'll need a lift or a taxi (Angels, 07840 472308) from here. As ever, accommodation is tricky as we're not exactly in a tourist area, but we're not far from "Donny" (Doncaster) so you won't have to travel far to find something.
Bus LogoHirst Courtney: Snaith: Sykehouse: Thorpe in BalneBeer Logo
Train LogoSnaith: Thorne: Kirk Sandal: Hatfield/StainforthBed Logo
Car LogoHirst Courtney: Carlton: Snaith: Pollington: Sykehouse: Kirkhouse Green: Braithwaite: Thorpe in BalneTent Logo
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