Snaith & Cowick used to be one of Yorkshire’s best-kept secrets, but not any longer. Today, the market town that boasts 1,000 years of history is being discovered by an ever-increasing number of visitors.
While locals have traditionally referred to Snaith & Cowick as the gateway to East Yorkshire, a generation of walkers, cyclists, and tourists who are just looking for a good day out are turning it into the focal point of their travels. And that’s not just because of the 15 heritage walks of different lengths around the town, and the nearby Pennine Way, or the Trans-Pennine and Coast to Coast cycle routes that both run through Snaith & Cowick.
It’s all about the warmth of the welcome which Snaith & Cowick offers. Fancy a couple of drinks or somewhere to stop for lunch? There are six pubs in the town, including Yorkshire Ales Beer Café Bar. Snaith’s own Old Mill Brewery, sited on the town’s former clog mill, runs regular tours. The Brewers Arms and Downe Arms both offer suites and guest rooms to those who want to turn their visit into an overnight stay.
At Park Lodge Shooting School there is a wide range of shooting experiences and tuition, including both trap and sporting disciplines, for the novice and experienced clay and game shooter. Family owned and run, the shooting school provides a unique experience that can be enjoyed by all, including a popular coffee shop/bistro, a stylish country wear shop, gun shop, Ladies occasion wear boutique and a beautiful spa all in wonderful surroundings that clients return to time and time again.
Each year, Snaith & Cowick hosts events throughout the summer and a Christmas market. On Boxing Day, the same street provides the setting for the town’s traditional Tug of War contest between the local pubs.
Visitors with a passion for history love Snaith & Cowick too. Snaith Priory, the beautiful old church in the heart of the town, dates back to 1100AD. Just outside the churchyard is the centuries-old Penny Lock Up, barred cells where locals who’d had a few too many ales on market days could find themselves spending the night. Its name refers to the old penny they had to pay if they wished to be released the following day.
Kings of England once used Cowick as a royal hunting ground, and the town was granted a royal charter to hold markets and fairs as long ago as 1223. In 1323, Edward II once even held Parliament here. More recently, Snaith Airfield at nearby Pollington played host to Bomber Command’s 51 Squadron during the Second World War – one brave crew was a real-life hero of The Great Escape.
Snaith & Cowick is close to the M62, only 20 miles from York, and with Yorkshire’s stunning east coast also within easy reach.
Lots of people have already discovered the gem that is Snaith & Cowick. When will you?