Places

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.

The reasons are not hard to find. While locals have traditionally referred to Snaith & Cowick as the gateway to East Yorkshire, a new 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.

That’s not just because of the 15 heritage walks of different lengths around the town, and the nearby Pennine Way. We even host an annual Walking Festival. 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 the Yorkshire Ales Beer Cafe and Bottle Shop which recently featured in the top 30 of Welcome to Yorkshire’s favourite pubs in the county.

Snaith’s own Old Mill Brewery, sited on the town’s former clog mill, runs regular tours. The Brewers Arms and Downe Arms offer suites and guest rooms to those who want to turn their stay into an overnight one. Recently the Spotlight Brewery has opened now just adding to the rich heritage of brewing within the area. 

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 from April a beautiful spa all in wonderful surroundings that clients return to time and time again.

Each year, Snaith & Cowick hosts a summer and a Christmas market, the most recent of which saw 3,000 visitors crowding our high street. 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. We are proud of Snaith Priory, our beautiful old church in the heart of the town, which 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. We were 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 of whose brave crews 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 our gem of a town here in Snaith & Cowick. When will you?