Exploring the Trail
How long does it take to complete the Trail?
The Trail is 79 mile (127 km) long. It would be a shame to complete the walk in less than six days if you are to fully savour the beauty and interest of the route. Plan a leisurely stroll rather than a route march. The official guide book recommends a 5 or 6 day walk.
How hard is it?
With a few short exceptions there are no ‘serious’ hills along the Way. This is a gentle, subtle route suitable for almost all abilities.
Are there any major diversions on the route?
We are currently recommending that walkers use the High Tide Route at North Ferriby due to excessive tidal mud on the Low Tide Route.
There is a temporary diversion to the trail at Welton for essential tree works running between October 23 and November 6 2023. Temporary diversion details here.
Is there an Accommodation Guide for the Yorkshire Wolds Way?
As well as the searchable accommodation map below there is a downloadable Accommodation & Information Guide for the Yorkshire Wolds Way. You can find the download on the leaflets page.
What is the current condition of the Low Tide Route on the Humber Foreshore?
Due to very high tides dumping considerable amounts of mud onto the path along the Humber Foreshore at North Ferriby Foreshore we are recommending that until further tides have washed away most of the mud, walkers use the alternative High Tide route instead.
Accessibility on the Yorkshire Wolds Way
There are some sections of the Yorkshire Wolds Way without stiles or steps that we have accessibility information on for people wishing to visit.
You can find these on our Circular and Linear Walks Page
They are listed as Accessible walks. Each of our accessible walks has a link for more details to see the walk on OutdoorActive and in most cases on Phototrails.
What is the fastest time to complete the Yorkshire Wolds Way
The fastest time to complete the Yorkshire Wolds Way is 11 hours, 34 minutes and 31 seconds. This was achieved by Steve Bateson as part of the Hardwolds Ultrarun held on 25 November 2023
Top Tips for Enjoying the Trail
How do I get to the Yorkshire Wolds Way?
It’s easy to use public transport to reach the Yorkshire Wolds Way National Trail.
There are rail connections to both Hessle (from Hull, Leeds or Sheffield) and Filey as well as between Filey and Hull all of which use Northern Rail and a direct bus service between Filey and Hull.
You can also get directly to Hull from London Kings Cross as well as more local services using Hull Trains. For detailed rail information please see www.nationalrail.co.uk
If you are arriving at Hull using PO North Sea Ferries the company provides a bus to take foot passengers to Hull Rail Station, booking is advisable. From Hull Station you can catch a frequent train through to Hessle and the start of the Yorkshire Wolds Way. On finishing the walk you can catch either a bus or train directly from Filey back to Hull.
The closest airports to the Yorkshire Wolds Way are at Doncaster and Leeds. There are direct trains to Hull from both Doncaster and Leeds rail stations.
The Moors Explorer Service from Hull and Beverley is a great way of getting to locations like Wharram le Street and North Grimston on the Yorkshire Wolds Way, allowing circular walks to Wharram Percy and Settrington. It runs every Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday from 25 May until 28 September inclusive. Go to www.eyms.co.uk for details.
You can find up-to-date public transport information including a journey planner at www.traveline.info
If you need to use a car to visit the Yorkshire Wolds Way there are places to park your car at most settlements along the Way. Please be considerate when parking and do not block gateways or park on village greens. If you plan to leave your car for several days please inform the local police of your intentions.
Where can I stay on the Trail?
There is a good choice of accommodation close to the Trail and it can be viewed on the Interactive Map below or on the Create Your Own Trip page.
There is a very useful Accommodation and Information Guide that you can download from our Leaflets Page.
In addition you can print a list of accommodation for each section of the Trail
Many places fill up quickly, we recommend that you book in advance. If you have difficulty finding somewhere to stay, then consider walking the route from Filey to Hessle rather than the more traditional Hessle to Filey, or start on a less common day, such as a Tuesday.
Can I camp along the Trail?
There are campsites along the Trail and they can be viewed on the Interactive Map. If you plan to camp please note it is not legal to wild camp in England or Wales – you will need to stay on official campsites.
You can also find details of campsites in our very useful Accommodation and Information Guide, available to download from the leaflets page.
Can I get my bags carried or my accommodation booked?
There are several companies that will arrange to move your bags for you, help you plan your trip, or arrange a full package.
View a list of these companies here Walking Holiday Companies.
What is the best time of year to walk on the Trail?
You can walk the Trail at any time of year. May and September are the most popular months, with fabulous walking weather. If you want a chance to see the vibrant poppy fields you need to come in June and early July.
Which direction should I walk it in?
Most people walk from Hessle through to Filey, but it is equally good in the other direction and sometimes easier to find accommodation if completing it ‘in reverse’.
What should I take with me?
We recommend that you take a map and/or guidebook with you. You may also find a compass useful.
If you are walking solo you may want to tell someone where you are going as there can be mobile black spots along the Trail. Ensure your phone is fully charged before setting off.
Weather in the UK can be changeable so it’s wise to be prepared. You’ll need good footwear, waterproofs and warm layers. Take plenty of water and just in case, pack a few plasters for your feet. In the summer you may need sun cream.
Will I have mobile phone and internet access?
Mobile phone reception is reasonably good on the Yorkshire Wolds, with the odd dead spot. A number of the accommodation providers offer wi-fi. If this is important for you then check when booking .
Is there signage on the Yorkshire Wolds Way?
The UK is unique in having a network of paths that the public can use, this is the Public Rights of Way network. You can see these paths on Ordnance Survey maps.
National Trails are signed with an acorn symbol and/or the Trail name which you will see on stiles, gates and signposts. This is the symbol used by all the English and Welsh National Trails.
As you are walking along the Trail you will also see waymarkers pointing to other paths. You can use the public rights of way network to leave the Trail to explore places of interest, reach your accommodation and find places to eat and drink.
You will often find a coloured arrow on signs which indicates the status of that section of path. The most common are yellow arrows which are footpaths and blue which are bridleways.
Visit our Walking Holidays Page for holiday inspiration for the Yorkshire Wolds Way.
Leaflets, Maps, Guidebooks and Merchandise
Can I get a guidebook and map for the Trail?
The official guidebook and map for the Trail are available from the The Trails Shop along with a wide range of gifts and other merchandise.
Which Ordnance Survey maps cover the Trail?
You can find a list of Ordnance Survey maps for the Trail here: Maps for the Trail.
Can I get a certificate if I complete the Trail?
Certificates are available from the The Trails Shop.
Are there any useful Trail Leaflets?
There are a wide range of useful leaflets to download, such as the Accommodation and Information Guide and Easy Access Trail leaflets. Find these in the Further Information section.
Circular and Linear Walks
There are some great walks to enjoy along parts of the Yorkshire Wolds Way, which will give you a flavour of the wonderful, peaceful nature of the Yorkshire Wolds landscape. Find the perfect walk for you in the Further Information section.