Challenging Walk - One steep hill, an artwork and lots of tranquillity at Wintringham
Enclosure Rites is a stunning artwork overlooking the Vale of Pickering that is reached after the steep ascent from Wintringham. The work is part of the WANDER - art along the Yorkshire Wolds Way installations. It was completed by Jony Easterby and draws strongly on the archaeological importance of the area.
You will encounter this great artwork after climbing the steepest hill on the Yorkshire Wolds Way, soon after leaving Wintringham!
The rest of the walk is peaceful and tranquil, with wonderful views across the Vale of Pickering to the North York Moors and a return back into the Yorkshire Wolds.
Distance: 8.7 miles/14km
Duration: allow about 5 hours
Difficulty: relatively undulating, but with one steep hill!
Challenging Walk - Wolds Edge Try a Trail
This day walk follows the northern escarpment of the Yorkshire Wolds Way. It is a great route to use by public transport as both ends are linked by the hourly Coastliner service (see www.traveline.info for a journey planner) allowing access from Leeds, York and Scarborough. This is a really peaceful section of the route. At the same time it commands outstanding views across the Vale of Pickering to the North York Moors National Park. There is also the option of shortening this linear walk by stopping at Ganton after 6.5 miles/10.5km.
- Distance: 9.9 miles (15.9km) option of 6.5 mile (10.5km shortcut)
- Duration: allow 6 hours including breaks
- Difficulty: This is a challenging walk because if its distance and it involves climbing up onto the Yorkshire Wolds
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Easy Walk - A short stroll in Londesborough Park
Londesborough Park is a very special stretch of the Yorkshire Wolds Way. A mansion was first built here in the 16th Century and was owned at that time by the powerful Clifford family. The landscaped gardens were laid out in the late 17th Century under Lord Burlington and glimpses of this layout can still be seen today as can remnants of the former Hall.
This walk gives a great chance to spot Red Kites, who are a common visitor. They appreciate the Parkland setting with a good food supply and old mature trees for roosting and nesting.
The walk is just 3 miles long, setting out from the Towthorpe picnic site near Market Weighton.
Distance: 3 miles / 5 kilometres
Duration: allow 2 hours
Difficulty: This is not a difficult walk. There are only slight ups and downs. You may come across cattle in some of the fields.
Download full details and a map of the route below.
Easy Walk - Market Weighton Meander Try a Trail
This walk covers fairly easy terrain, whilst taking in some superb historical sections of the Yorkshire Wolds Way. Here you can walk in the footsteps of the Market Weighton Giant. William Bradley stood an incredible 7 feet and 9 inches tall. At sleepy Goodmanham you will be visiting the birthplace of northern Christianity. The walk also takes you through the most attractive parkland and estate village of Londesborough.
- Distance: 7.5 miles (12.1km)
- Duration: allow 4 to 4 1/2 hours
- Difficulty: This is an easy circular walk
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Easy Walk - The Yorkshire Wolds Way Geocache Trail at Market Weighton and Goodmanham
This is a great circular walk for families, with 5 themed Geocaches to find, each with letters taped inside. Find all the geocaches and their letters and use them to unscramble a word. Tell us the word, or visit the Fiddle Drill Tearooms at Goodmanham and tell them, and each family will get their very own special National Trail Geocoin!
You need to go to www.geocaching.com to find the details of where the Geocaches are hidden. Their names are
Yorkshire Wolds Way Geocache Trail - Railway
Yorkshire Wolds Way Geocache Trail - Stream
Yorkshire Wolds Way Geocache Trail - Well
Yorkshire Wolds Way Geocache Trail - Quarry
Yorkshire Wolds Way Geocache Trail - Village
The walk itself is about 4 miles long, starting from Market Weighton and uses the lovely disused railway with its woodland corridor. It then heads to Goodmanham, a beautiful village with a choice of great stopping points for refreshment such as the Fiddle Drill Tearooms (open Wednesday to Sunday) or the Goodmanham Arms pub.
Distance: 6.3Km / 3.9 miles
Duration: allow about 3 hours for the walk, plus refreshment stops
Difficulty: This is a fairly easy walk, with no stiles and just a small climb on the road from old railway line up towards Goodmanham. It is accessible to wheelchair users.
Easy Walk - Welton Wander Try a Trail
This is a lovely short circular walk at the southern end of the Yorkshire Wolds. it is a great introduction to the Yorkshire Wolds, with plenty of woodland and uplifting views across the Humber Estuary. When you vist Welton be sure to call in at The Green Dragon Inn. It has a special claim to fame as it was here that the notorious Highwayman Dick Turpin was arrested. At the time it was for shooting a gamecock and for stealing horses - only later was his true identity revealed!
- Distance: 4.3 miles (6.9km)
- Duration: allow 3 hours
- Difficulty: an easy to moderate circular walk
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Moderate Walk - Settrington Circuit Try a Trail
This is a delightful circular walk on one of the really quiet and peaceful sections of the Yorkshire Wolds Way. It visits the northern Yorkshire Wolds, with its fine rolling countryside. Along the way, take a chance to rest at the numerous gates and contemplate the tranquil scenery all around you.
- Distance: 5.2 miles (8.4km)
- Duration: allow 3 to 3 1/2 hours including breaks
- Difficulty: this is a moderate walk with a few ups and downs along the way
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Moderate Walk - Thixendale Round Try a Trail
This circular walk is a wonderful journey through an intriguing landscape of dry chalkland valleys, across green meadows linked by quiet country lanes. There are many wildlife discoveries to be made and an outstanding artwork to visit on route. Thixendale itself is a walkers favourite, nestling within a number of interconnecting dry valleys. Nearby is the gallery of the famous wildlife artist Robert Fuller. At point 14 on the map you will now see the stunning artwork "Waves and Time", a spiral earthwork created by the artist Chris Dury as part of the WANDER - art along the Yorkshire Wolds Way Project.
- Distance: 8.1 miles (13km)
- Duration: allow 5 to 6 hours including breaks
- Difficulty: This is a moderate circular walk with a number of climbs
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Moderate Walk- Pilgrimage of Grace Heritage Trail
As well as being a great Heritage Trail in it's own right, the Pilgrimage of Grace route is a great way of linking in to the Yorkshire Wolds Way on foot from either Pocklington or Warter. The trail is an 8 1/2 mile linear route following part of the National Trail. It is associated with the historic Pilgrimage of Grace, which was East Yorkshire's great rebellion of 1536 against the hardships brought against them by Henry VIII.
The route is fully described, with a downladable map on the Top Ten Trails Website