This 79-Mile Scenic Walk Is Yorkshire’s Best Kept Secret

The first part of 2021 has been pretty crap. Lockdown feels like it’s been around for years and years, and I’ve become way familiar with my neighbour’s daily routines. Who waves their husband off to work at the end of the drive every morning (You know who you are Sandra)? With that in mind, the rest of the year is going to have to be epic The Yorkshire Wolds Way, is the perfect cure for your 2021 staycation itch.

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We ain’t quite ready to jump on a plane, we’ve been looking at walks in and chances to jump in a camper van to explore God’s Own Country. Whether it’s the beautiful coastline or some of our best and most-beautiful towns and villages, we just can’t wait to get out and explore.

We stumbled across a lesser-known Natioanal Trail called The Yorkshire Wolds Way. Coming from the Wolds, we’ve never appreciated how much beauty there is around us, but on discovering this trail it led us on a journey through childhood. Of little memories pieced together like a jigsaw puzzle, from visiting some of these places along the trail. Many people speak about The Dales and The Moors, but you don’t hear as much about the wolds, but there are some really magical moments along this secret of Yorkshire.

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The Yorkshire Wolds Way, which is a 79-mile walking route in East Yorkshire. While we aren’t professional walkers – although we’ve done a few ale trails, luckily the journey is broken up into manageable chunks that any Tom, Dick and Harry could try this summer, so check out our guide to the beautiful Yorkshire Wolds Way.

The Yorkshire Wolds Way is signposted brilliantly, so you shouldn’t have any issues on your way. Just be sure to plan how to get back from each section or accommodation.

1. Hessle To South Cave

Humber Bridge > Welton > Brantingham > South Cave

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Starting the walk at Hessle foreshore, you get a beautiful view of the iconic Humber Bridge – which was once the single-span bridge in the world. You follow the beautiful estuary for the first stage of the walk. Other places of interest along this stretch are the black painted mill used for crushing the chalk at the old quarry and three Bronze Age boats, which were found back in the 1940s that are nearly 4,000 years old. There are buses in South Cave if you’re looking to get back to Hull or Hessle.

This section is around 13-miles

2. South Cave To Goodmanham

South Cave > Weedley Dale > High Hunsley Beacon > North Newbald > Rifle Butts Quarry > Goodmanham

As you head out of South Cave towards Weedly Dale and Swin Dale you get a fantastic view over South Cave. Along the route make sure you lookout for the beautifully carved poetry benches that are scattered along the Yorkshire Wolds Way. The walk is beautifully signposted, so you won’t have any trouble navigating. Things of interest to look out for are Little Wold Vineyard, High Hunsley BEacon and Rifle Butts Quarry which is Yorkshire Wildlife Trust Reserve. There are some beautiful views along the wolds here that take us back to our childhood growing up around this area.

This section is around 12-miles

3. Goodmanham To Millington 

Goodmanham > Londesborough Park > Nunburnholme > Kilnwick Percy Hill > Warren Dale > Millington

As you head towards the beautiful Londesborough Park, you can expect more rolling hills. Along this stretch of the Yorkshire Wolds Way, you get spectacular views of York along the Vale of York. Other points of interest are Nunburnholme, Kilnwick Percy, and Kiplingcoates – which is home to the oldest horse race in England that dates back 450 years ago. There is another beautiful poetry bench as you head towards the village of Millington.

This section is around 8.5-miles

4. Millington To Thixendale

Millington > Huggate > Horse Dale and Holm Dale > Fridaythorpe > Thixendale

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Another hill part of the Wolds Way with a few climbs to do along the way. As you climb out of Millington, you get a glorious view of the village. At its highest point on the walk on a clear day, you can see towers of the Humber Bridge, York Minster, Lincoln Cathedral and the lighthouse on Flamborough Head. Our favourite part is the view from the poetry bench at Huggate – which is absolutely breathtaking.

This section is around 12-miles

5. Thixendale To Sherburn

Thixendale > Wharram Percy > Settrington Beacon > Wintringham > Sherburn

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There is some great thickets of trees along this route, which make you feel like you’re straight out of an adventure film. Leaving Thixendale village the Yorkshire Wolds Way reaches the highest point on the walk at 700ft (215m) and then descends into Deepdale. Some points of interest along this section of the walk are Wharram Percy, which is a medieval village abandoned in the 15th Century.

The walk reaches a high point after Wharram Percy before sloping down to Sherburn that has a lovely little pub to enjoy a pint after a beautiful walk.

This section is around 19-miles

6. Sherburn To Filey

Sherburn > Ganton > Muston > Filey

The last leg of the Yorkshire Wolds Way as some fantastic rolling hills synonymous with the Wolds. Highlights of the walk are the St Nicholas’ Church in Ganton and the beautiful sea views you get as you reach Muston. When reaching Filey Brigg, there’s a wonderful sense of completion as you walk along the beach after walking on Chalk hills for so long.

This section is around 17-miles

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