Things to Do

There is much to do in and around Howden. Below are some suggestions to help you make the most of your stay. There is additional information provided in the Straw Bale Cabin and the Straw Bale Cottage but please contact us if you would like to know more prior to arrival.




On site

Simply relax in the peace and quiet of the countryside. Both the Cottage and the Cabin occupy their own grounds. The perfect place just to 'be'.

There are a selection of books, magazines, jigsaws and traditional games. There are miles of hedgerows at Village Farm with an abundance of brambles and sloes in season. There are fish in the pond adjacent to the Cabin.



Close by (within easy walking or cycling distance)


North Howden (1 mile)
The Barnes Wallis pub, next to the railway crossing (real ale, beer garden and home cooked food lunchtime & evenings, quiz nights


Spaldington (1 mile)
Boothferry Golf club (18 hole championship golf course, café & bar 01430 430364
The Eagles (9 hole pay & play golf course, floodlit driving range, equipment hire and golf shop) 01430 432484

Golf Club


Wressle (2 miles)
Loftsome Bridge Coaching House
Formal restaurant for Sunday lunch and evening meals (although weekends are often booked a year in advance 01757 630070 Highly recommended


Portington (2 miles off road)
Royal Oak Cafe (01430 430563)


Howden (3 miles or 2 miles off road)

See About Howden


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Barmby on the Marsh (4 miles off road)

The Kings Head 01757 630705


Eastrington (4 miles off road)
Nature reserve (fishing, bird watching, picnic areas)
Greaves End fishing (01430 410619)
Asselby Grange riding stables (lessons and hire 01430 410661)


Bubwith (5 miles)
Post office, convenience store, butchers, Indian restaurant and take away, pub, award winning delicatessen with a very large selection of speciality beer and wine (  01757 289707)
Bird watching on the River Derwent
Tennis courts and children’s play area at the playing field
Dingle Dell nature area
The Real Aeroplane Museum at Breighton airfield (open April – October





Howden Marsh

With its flat topography and abundant quiet lanes, tracks and footpaths, the Howden area is perfect for walking. A copy of Ordnance Survey Explorer 291 is provided for use by guests. There are also full details of a number of local walks of varying length. Some of these are summarised below:


The Howden 20 (20 miles)
A circular route, normally starting and finishing in Howden but as the route passes Village Farm, it can be easily started and finished from here. Alternatively it can be split into 2 shorter walks:

  • The Northern section (13  miles) Brind – Wressle – Breighton – Bubwith – Willitoft – Spaldington – Brind
  • The Southern section (13  miles) Brind – Howden – Howdendyke – Boothferry – Asselby – Wressle – Brind

Asselby (8 miles)
Turn right out of Village Farm. After 200 yards, go straight ahead towards the railway crossing. Over the crossing the path heads towards the village of Newsholme. Cross the A63 with care and follow the path to Asselby, returning via the Howden 20 route to Wressle and the quiet back roads to Brind.


Wressle (5 miles)
Turn right out of Village Farm. After 200 yards, turn the right bend and follow the road north. At the next T junction turn left and then right to Wressle. Return via cross common gate.


Howden (4 miles)
The footpath directly opposite Village Farm crosses fields to reach the tarmac path alongside the B1228 to Howden. Just before reaching the speed limit signs on the approach to Howden, turn right and return via the Howden 20 route, via Park Farm. Along the way – refreshments at The Cheese Shop, California Gardens, The Wellington, The Bowmans or a sandwich or fish and chips in the park.


Featherbed Lane (3 miles)
Turn left out of Village Farm and walk to the end of the road. Cross straight over the B1228 into the green lane (Featherbed). After approximately 1 mile turn left over the footbridge and follow the path directly to the road. Turn left along the road. Walk along to the T junction, turn left on the B1228 for 200 yards. Turn right back into Brind. Along the way – Refreshments at Boothferry golf club.



Bike rides


straw cottage bike ridesBicycles can be hired. Village Farm is situated close to the Trans Pennine cycle route (

Full details of a number of bike rides of varying length are provided for guests including, maps, distances, places of interest and refreshments along the way. For example:


Howden and back (6 miles)
Turn left out of Village Farm and left at the end of the road, using the cycle path for the last 2 miles of the trip.


Spaldington circular (7 miles)
Turn right out of Village Farm, bear right at the corner and right at the next T junction. Cross straight over the B1228, turning right at the next cross roads. Past Spaldington and right at the junction, passing the golf course. Turn left on the B1228 for 200 yards and right back into Brind.


Bubwith (east of the Derwent) (12 miles)
Via Wressle and Breighton and returning via Willitoft.


Bubwith (west of the Derwent) (17 miles)
Via Loftsome Bridge, Menthorpe and South Duffield. Returning via Wressle and Breighton.


Blacktoft (24 miles)
Via Portington, Eastrington, Green Oak, Bellasize and Staddlethorpe. Returning along the River Ouse on the Trans Pennine route via Saltmarshe, Laxton, Kilpin and Howden.



Day trips by train


Comprehensive train timetables are provided for the use of visitors. There are many options for days out by train from North Howden station. Trips to Hull, York and Selby have been very popular with our guests. The following examples use the weekday train timetables:


Selby (10 - 15 minutes)
Seven choices of morning train from 6.26am onwards, two early afternoon trains and five later trains travel between Howden and Selby daily. They return to Howden with the same regularity until 9.45pm.

Visit Selby Abbey, swim at the leisure centre ( or browse the market stalls on Mondays.
There is a full programme of entertainment at the Town Hall ( For more information about Selby visit


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Leeds (30 minutes)
There are 2 direct early morning trains to Leeds. Later it is necessary to change at Selby from where trains run hourly. For the return journey, the train leaving Leeds at 5.38pm stops at Howden, otherwise change at Selby.

The Royal Armouries (  0113 220 1916), City Variety ( Find out more about visiting Leeds at


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York (35 - 45 minutes)
Through trains leave Howden at 7.35am, 9.28am, 1.40pm and 4.36pm and 5.54pm and leave York for the return journey at 11.53am, 4.12pm, 5.27pm and 6.14pm.

Walk the walls, cruise the Ouse, visit York Minster (01904 557216, the National Railway Museum 01904 621261, York Dungeon (01904 632599 or the Jorvik Viking Centre (01904 543402) For other ideas see or


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Hull (30 minutes)
Trains leave North Howden at least hourly from 7.52 am onwards until late into the evening. The last train back leaves Hull at 7.10 pm.

The route into Hull passes under the Humber Bridge ( and arrives at the newly refurbished Hull station and St Stephens Centre.

Visit The Deep (01482 381000, Feren’s Art Gallery, Hull’s historic old town or choose from seven city centre museums (many with free admission) ( Hull Truck Theatre ( and the New Theatre  have a full programme of events. Also take a look at


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From Hull station, trains run north to:


things to do near the straw cottage holiday accommodationBeverley (30 minutes to Hull, plus 15 minutes)
At least two trains per hour throughout the day. Visit the Minster (, excellent shopping, racing or the
folk festival ( in May.


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Driffield (30 minutes to Hull, plus 25 minutes)
Mostly two trains per hour throughout the day from Hull.


Bridlington (30 minutes to Hull, plus 40 minutes)
Mostly two trains per hour throughout the day from Hull.


Scarborough (30 minutes to Hull, plus 90 minutes)
With waiting times the total journey time is approximately 3 hours. Stop off at Bempton (for Bempton Cliffs or Flamborough Head), Filey or Seamer along the way.


Doncaster (30 minutes)
All Hull Trains inter city services to London, Kings Cross stop at Doncaster. The six outward trains leave Howden at 6.49 am, 8.36 am, 10.35 am, 1.09 pm, 3.57 pm and 5.30pm. The trains returning from Doncaster arrive at Howden at 3.36pm, 6.22 pm and 9.56 pm. has more information about the town including its famous race course, home of the St.Leger, museums and art galleries, the fish market and the Dome where swimming, ice skating and a climbing wall are on offer.



Day trips by car (within 20 minutes)


Aughton (10 minutes)
The Oaks 18 hole golf course, driving range, cafe and shop (01757 288577
The Spa (sauna, swimming, fitness, treatments 01757 288465


Holme on Spalding Moor (10 minutes)
Ye Olde Red Lion (Bar meals and hand pulled ale), highly recommended.


Goole (15 minutes)
Yorkshire Waterways museum 01405 768730 (
Goole museum (above the library 01405 722251)
Swimming, gym, squash and badminton at the leisure centre (01405 769005
Tennis (Westfield Banks 01405 766721)
Junction - theatre, cinema, cafe bar - 01405 763652


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Skipwith (15 minutes)
Yorkshire paintball centre (01757 289322,


Pocklington (20 minutes)
Cinema, live music and exhibitions (
Burnby Hall Gardens (01759 307125
Local shops, boutiques, café’s and restaurants.


Blacktoft (20 minutes)
The Hope & Anchor (Bar meals and hand pulled ale by the river). Highly recommended. 01430 440441


North Cave (20 minutes)
Diving Centre


Blacktoft Sands (20 minutes)
RSPB reserve (


Elvington (20 minutes)
Yorkshire Air Museum (01904 608595


The Wolds villages (30 minutes)
Many with excellent pubs such as The Gait Inn at Millington (01759 302045), The Wolds Inn at Huggate (01377 288217) and The Hotham Arms at Hotham (01430 422939).