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Walking through the birth of Christianity

Graham Todd reports...

A return to Goodmanham was chosen for this month’s walk on August 18th. 14 walkers set out in beautiful summer sunshine. Many were not aware that Christianity was to become the religion of choice throughout the north of England when Edwin of Northumbria married the Kentish princess Ethelburga, all recorded by the venerable Bede in 629AD.

Setting off down quiet country lanes we were soon able to join the Hudson Way utilising the bed of the old railway line towards Kiplingcotes. Beautiful fields full of wild flowers were to be seen followed by a field with sheep as big as cows. Turning up towards Arras we joined the Wolds Way. When the walk was recced the evening before two pods of peas were tasted from a 15 acre field. Today the field had been cleared by 11am, unbelievably there was not a pea to be seen!

The views, at this point, back towards the north showed the Wolds in all their majesty. Continuing back, in the direction of Goodmanham, we were treated to rolling meadows with more wild flowers and more sheep.

By this time one or two were wanting to taste the beer at the welcoming Goodmanham Arms, 10 decided to rejoin the Hudson Way back towards Market Weighton and enjoy a shaded level pathway. One mile on we turned back along the road through the village admiring the new properties that had been completed since our last tour of the area.

The food and beer were as good as ever. We were lucky to be able to sit at tables in the sunshine. The forecast of a dull cloudy day once again confounded. I am sure that we will be back soon to sample beer at £2.90 a pint.

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