Yorkshire Wolds Way, 2012

Yorkshire wolds Way (UK National Trail), 79 miles, 5 walking days, July 2012

Hessle – South Cave – Millington – Wharram le Street – Ganton – Filey

The Yorkshire Wolds are beautiful, truly magnificent in their swirls and curls and sweeping vistas. We walked this UK National Trail in July 2012 when the weather was kind to us. Starting in Hessle just outside Hull, we walked out under the impressive Humber Bridge, lunching at the Green Dragon pub in Welton, a place often frequented by the notorious highwayman Dick Turpin before his execution in 1739. Walking through the wolds in summer time is an unforgettable experience with many lovely wolds: Burnby Wold, north of Londesborough; Warren Dale, south of Millington; Millington Dale, north of Millington; Pasture Dale, south of Huggate; Horse Dale, north of Huggate; Thixen Dale, south of Thixendale; Holm Dale south of Fridaythorpe; and Deep Dale leading into the deserted mediaeval village of Wharram Percy. The 23-mile section between Londesborough and Wharram Percy is probably one of the most beautiful walks in England.

Along the way, we found several public artworks known as Wander Art – benches, shelters, waves and time earthworks, and statuesque guardians enclosure rites – created by different artists to blend in and enhance the environment. We also encountered Cows with Calves warning signs, lots of poppies, playful Rabbits at Work signs and, finally, the majesty of Filey Brigg headland at the end of the walk where we sampled the local ice cream and feasted on yet more fish and chips.

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