Why choose the Yorkshire Wolds Way for a long distance walk?
Here are 10 good reasons:
It is probably the quietist, most peaceful National Trail in the country.
It goes through some of the most delightful countryside in England.
There are numerous attractive villages along the Way.
The sense of history is palpable.
The Yorkshire Wolds are amongst the driest parts of the country.
Getting to the start, and back from the finish, is very easy.
There are no mountains to climb!
It’s almost impossible to get lost!
There are many excellent pubs on or close to the Way!
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How long is the Yorkshire Wolds Way?
From the Humber to Filey Brigg the Way covers 79 miles (127km) Deviations into villages or Market Weighton will add a few extra miles to your total.
How many days will it take to walk the full route?
One if you walk very fast! It would be a shame to complete the walk in less than seven days if you are to fully savour the beauty and interest of the route. Plan a leisurely stroll rather than a route march. You know it makes sense!
Isn’t the Wolds all large agricultural fields?
No! There are such areas but the Yorkshire Wolds Way follows a most attractive route through secluded dry valleys, quiet woodlands and along the breezy scarplands with magnificent views in all directions.
Do I need any special equipment?
No, just sensible footwear and outdoor gear. Allow for changes in the weather, even in summer! Be prepared!
Is this a tough walk?
With a few short exceptions there are no ‘serious’ hills along the Way. This is a gentle, subtle route suitable for almost all abilities.
Is the route open to cyclists and horse riders?
Whilst some sections of the route follow bridleways and minor roads there are long sections of footpath for walkers only. Study the OS maps to determine where you may travel legally and safely.
Is there a fastest time for completing the Yorkshire Wolds Way?
The fastest official time to complete the route is held by Neil Ridsdale and Jim Rogers, who covered the full length from Filey to Hessle in 13 hours and 23 minutes on 9th August 2011.
Prior to this the first officially recorded fastest time was by Nigel Braithwaite of Beverley, who completed the route in 23 hours and 42 minutes on 29th January 2011.
The Cleveland Way is quite close, isn’t that a better walk?
“ Beauty cannot rival beauty” These two National Trails are different yet both equally enjoyable. The Cleveland Way is the ‘front man’ while the Wolds Way is the ‘backroom boy’.
I’m not very good at map reading, will I get lost?
You could almost do the walk without the aid of a map, although we wouldn’t recommend it! The route is generally very well signed but follow the instructions in the guide book and do a simple course in map reading before you go!