Yorkshire Wolds Way
Discover the Yorkshire Wolds dry valleys and wildflowers alongside vibrant market towns and ancient villages
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The Yorkshire Wolds Way is a 79 mile (127 km) walking route in the chalk landscape of the Yorkshire Wolds. The National Trail wends through some of the most tranquil and gentle countryside in England. From the banks of the mighty Humber estuary, along wooded slopes and through serene dry valleys, the walk climbs gently onto the airy tops of the rolling hills where on a clear day “you can see forever”. Descending from the northern escarpment the final section of the Way finishes on the dramatic headland of Filey Brigg.
There are route descriptions in the Further Information section of this website.
With a few short exceptions there are no ‘serious’ hills along the Way. This is a gentle, subtle route suitable for almost all abilities.
The National Trail is very well way-marked so following the route is easy. But it is always a good idea to take a guidebook or map.
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.
A first time visit to the Yorkshire Wolds often comes as a surprise. The outstanding quality of the landscape is a truly wonderful discovery. The peace and quiet of the area brings a welcome respite from the pressures of everyday life. This is a very special landscape. Here lies chalk, shaped over millions of years into a combination of hidden and lush green dry chalk valleys and wide open field tops, where the views stretch out for miles and miles.
Along the way you will discover how the rich layers of countryside are complemented by the heritage of the Yorkshire Wolds, such as the parkland of Londesborough and the deserted medieval village of Wharram Percy. And let’s not forget the wildlife – as in any visit you are almost sure to spot hares on the ground – and red kites in the sky. At the same time don’t miss some of the dramatic artworks from the WANDER – art along the Yorkshire Wolds Way project.
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Explore the chalk landscapes of the Yorkshire Wolds, visit deserted medieval villages, fascinating works of art and the magnificent Humber Bridge. Relax in the evening in cosy pubs.
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