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From: Kings Head, Barmby on the MarshTo: Sloop Inn, Temple Hirst15.1 miles24.3 km13m ascent24m descent
ThumbnailLeaving Barmby, the trail once again follows the north bank of the river, complete with its frustrating winding bends which add several miles to the walk. The scenery is not spectacular, as we're in flatland, but look out for deer in the fields around here. Eventually we enter the small town of Selby, where there is ample opportunity to replenish rucksacks and beer reserves. The route deviates into the town centre slightly from the official Trans Pennine Trail route, to visit the magnificent Selby Abbey and the equally attractive George Inn next door. Here, the route finally leaves the river but follows Selby canal for a while, before heading due south alongside the railway near Burn (Selby) airfield. You may see small planes and gliders circling above you, but if you see one with an L-plate on it coming in to land, I suggest you take cover. Unusually in flatland, there's a spot on the path next to the airfield where a distant view of the Peak District moors on Derwent Edge opens up, prompting memories of a wild camp on Back Tor several weeks ago, for those nutters doing the entire walk. See if you can spot it! After the airfield there's some road walking along Burn Lane, but the road is hardly used apart from the odd farm vehicle, so it's a pleasant easy walk to finish the day. After a few twists and turns, the trail eventually reaches Temple Hirst, where you turn left and go round the bend to the Sloop Inn, our destination for today. The Sloop Inn has a camping site with facilities, but otherwise there's no accommodation around here. Not far from here, as the crow flies, is Drax Power Station, just across the river from our start point at Barmby. Having slogged all day to get here, it was frustrating to discover I was only a couple of miles from my start point, but that's what happens when you follow winding rivers in flatland. My tip for the 2 day section from Barmby to Thorpe in Balne would by to check in to the George Inn in Selby, and use taxis and public transport to return to your base after your day's walking. The Royal Oak in Hirst Courtney is advertised as having accommodation and a camping site, but to the best of my knowledge I believe the camping site has closed, so make sure you call them if you're intending to stay here.
Bus LogoBarmby on the Marsh: Hemingbrough: Selby: Hirst CourtneyBeer LogoGeorge Inn, Selby: Sloop Inn, Temple Hirst: Royal Oak, Hirst Courtney
Train LogoWressle: Selby: SnaithBed LogoGeorge Inn, Selby
Car LogoBarmby on the Marsh: Hemingbrough: Newhay: A63: Selby: Henwick Hall: Hirst CourtneyTent LogoSloop Inn, Temple Hirst: Royal Oak, Hirst Courtney
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