New Book - The Yorkshire Wolds - a journey of discovery

3rd May 2017

A great coffee table book on the Yorkshire Wolds, by renowned travel authors Fleur and Colin Speakman has just been published.

The book provides a fascinating insight into the Yorkshire Wolds 

After introductory chapters of the geology, archaeology and history of the Wolds, including some of its personalities such as the Sykes family, author Winifred Holtby and pilot Amy Johnson, and on practical ways of actually getting round and exploring the area, the journey starts at Hull, UK City of Culture and ends at the beautiful market and county town of Beverley. The authors visit such fascinating town as Brough with its Roman heritage and wonderful river frontage, Market Weighton linked to Giant Bradley, Goodmanham and Londesborough, Pocklington an unspoiled market town on the edge of the Wolds, Stamford Bridge with its famous Battle between Anglo-Saxons and Vikings, and then two towns in the North Yorkshire part of the Wolds, including Malton which is the natural gateway to the northern part of the Wolds, including the Yorkshire Wolds Way,  the Great Wold Valley, the lost medieval village of Wharram Percy and the idyllic village of Thixendale, hidden in a deep and narrow fold of the Wolds.

The journey then continues to Filey, also in North Yorkshire but the most northerly point of the Yorkshire Wolds Way, on to Bridlington with its fascinating Priory and Old Town, Driffield, with its canal heritage, often called the capital of the Wolds and links to Sledmere and the Sykes family, and finally to Beverley with its wonderful ecclesiastical heritage and rich history. 

Each chapter offers visitors a simple map to help orientate on a visit, details of some of the town’s main attractions and then suggests places that can be explored from the town on foot, cycle, car, bus or horseback into the deep and green rural hinterland of the Wolds.  

The authors realise that to make its full impact the book needed to be well illustrated, and there are over 200 original photographs, many, including the striking cover shot of ploughed fields at West Lutton, near Malton, taken by the authors’ son, Dorian Speakman, who is a keen landscape photographer. 

The book has a foreword by Sir Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire and is also being promoted by East Riding of Yorkshire Council with an official civic launch in Beverley on May 10th, followed by two book signing sessions in Beverley, and on May 11th in Hull.

The Yorkshire Wolds by Fleur & Colin Speakman (ISBN 978-9955609-2-5) is available for purchase from The Treasure Tourist and Tourist Information Centre in Beverley and at The Humber Bridge, The Hill History Centre, The Bayle Museum in Bridlington, Burnby Hall Gardens and several local bookshops including Forths in Pocklington, Wrays in Filey, Waterstones in Hull and York, price £15, or can be purchased online post free from



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