Looking to experience something new? Yorkshire newest walk, the Wolds Rangers Way, is here, after two years in the making. The 43-mile jaunt through the wonderful wolds takes you through, not just along green lanes and footpaths, but through the history of the legendary Yorkshire Wolds Rangers.
Farms became more mechanised in the 16th and 19th-century, making a whole class of rural farmer folk homeless due to the lack of work. This created the Yorkshire Wold Rangers, a nomadic tribe of gentlefolk who would travel the ancient countryside looking for seasonal work or keeping livestock on common land.
This group of people lived off the land and were reputed to be hardworking, trustworthy and never turned away when they appeared for work. The last of these rangers died in Driffield in 1987 at the age of 76. This newly created walk celebrates, highlights and brings to life a time in history, which would have otherwise been lost.
The challending circular trail The Wolds Rangers Way is a winding 43 mile walk through the chalk landcape of the Yorkshire wolds. Starting and ending in the market town of Driffield, known as the Capital of the Wolds due to its location, it takes your through stunning dry valleys, through ancient wolds villages and vibrant market towns capturing a unique history of the Wold Rangers.
As well as taking part in the 43-mile circular walk, you can take on shorter walks named ‘Trods’, which are inspired by past Wolds Rangers, with their own personalities such as Croom Mabel a 2.5-mile walk or Horse Hair Jack a 9-mile walk. Each Walk starts and finishes in Driffield, the Capital of the Wolds.
The Yorkshire Wolds as a region is increasingly becoming a favourite destination for outdoor recreational activities such as Nature tourism, Cycling, Running and Walking.
They are a beautiful part of the country with rolling hills and fields that seem never-ending. You will love it as you trod the ancient green lanes and bridle paths of the spectacular Yorkshire Wolds.
After you’ve enjoyed one of the many walks, you can take in the beauty of this iydllic market town. We recommend heading over to the Butcher’s Dog, where they serve a range of real ales from the local area and further afield. Or, you can head down Skerne Road where you’ll find the Pump House, they are only open Friday & Saturday, but always have a street food vendor and serve up a range of their own ales.
If you’d like to give it a go yourself you can find guided walks via the website here. All the walks start in the centre of town and vary in length so you can pick which one best suits you.