The Wolds & General Walking Information

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3.The Wolds & General walking information

The Wolds

If you live in East Yorkshire, or even just visiting, you may find one or two of the walks described on these pages to your liking. Go on, take a walk. You will be pleasantly surprised.

Easy Walks:
Beverley & Beverley Westwood A wonderful walk for all the family in Beverley and on the superb grassland of Beverley Westwood.
Welton Dale A lovely circular of the southern Yorkshire Wolds from picturesque Welton village just outside Hull.
Brantingham and Elloughton Another lovely circular of the Yorkshire Wolds, again from another beautiful village just outside Hull.
Pocklington Canal, Melbourne & Allerthorpe Common A walk of three parts, first a fantastic canal walk, then over rural widescapes and finally through sublime woodland.
Moderate Walks:
Sledmere and Cottam A walk from the Tatton Sykes monument near Sledmere to a deserted church.
Market Weighton Villages A walk in rollling countryside and into history from Market Weighton to the surrounding villages.
Wharram Percy from Thixendale A walk from exquisite Thixendale in the heart of the Wolds to the eerie deserted village of Wharram Percy.
Hard Walks:
The Beverley 20 The noted East Yorkshire walk from the banks of the River Humber to Beverley Minster.
Hessle to South Cave Along the River Humber and then inland to the edge of the Yorkshire Wolds.
South Cave to Nunburnholme Follow the Wolds Way across the southern edge of the Yorkshire Wolds.
Nunburnholme to Thixendale A wonderful days walking in the heart of chalk dales of East Yorkshire.
Thixendale to West Heslerton A classic section of the Wolds Way with a visit to a deserted village.
West Heslerton to Filey Onwards from the inland Wolds to the coast and a walk on Filey Brig.


General Walking Information

Easy Walks – Generally maybe about 5 miles or less.

Moderate Walks – Generally  5-10 miles.

Hard Walks – Generally over 10 miles. The degree of difficulty depends much more on the ups and downs, the terrain, conditions underfoot, the time of the year and weather, than on the distance of the walk. It is important to plan your walk, be reasonably fit and good footwear is essential. There are a number of long distance walks and trails in the area. Cleveland Way. The Wolds Way, is a designated long distance footpath that follows a natural chalk escarpment which runs from Hull to Filey. At just over 76 miles long the walk crosses beautiful East Yorkshire countryside. The Dales Way runs from Ilkley in West Yorkshire to the shores of Lake Windermere. The majority of the walk passes through the Yorkshire Dales National Park, over moors, across limestone pavements, through valleys and alongside rivers. It gives a unique taste of this famous park to the walker. The walk leaves the dales for its final quarter as it crosses into Cumbria, fringing the Howgill Fells before culminating in the Lake District National Park on the banks of Lake Windermere. This long distance walk is particular memorable and its length of just over 76 miles is the perfect introduction to first time long distance walkers. Long distance walks description from

THE LYKE WAKE WALK is a complete crossing of the North Yorkshire moors along their main east-west watershed between the Stone at grid reference 470994 and the Trig point at 971012, a distance of approximately 40 miles. Every person who completes a crossing of the Lyke Wake Walk on foot within a period of 24 hours and who reports it to the Club within 28 days is eligible for membership. There is no membership fee. Female members are titled Witch and males are titled Dirger. I completed the walk twice in the early seventies on both occasions walking from East to West, the first time to raise money for the Filey Life boat and the second time just to see if we could do it without sponsorship, we succeeded!