Discover 300 miles of waymarked walking, mountain biking and horse riding across wild and wonderful Yorkshire landscapes. Read what David Else, coordinating author of Lonely Planet's Walking in Britain guide, has to say about Yorkshire's National Trails »
In keeping with the quieter nature of the Wolds, there are many gems hidden in the open landscape for you to seek out and enjoy. Artists, local food producers and many special places lie on or usually within walking distance of this more gentle Trail. Have a look at the online guide and take some extra time when you go for walk on the Wolds.
The gallery of local wildlife artist and sculptor Robert Fuller is one of the Wolds Way Hidden Gems (see above) and you can pay a visit when going to Thixendale to do the 8-mile circular walk we've produced. Only a few miles away is the deserted medieval village at Wharram Percy (English Heritage), another hidden gem.
Market Weighton walking break
If you'd prefer to walk from a central base rather than 'place to place', then Market Weighton has a good variety of short circular walks and longer linear walks. Situated at the foot of the Yorkshire Wolds where the chalk escarpment rises up from the flat Vale of York, it's the first town in the East Riding of Yorkshire to be given Walkers are Welcome status.
Here's an easy 7-mile circular walk to start you off.
Walking the whole way
If you're looking for your first National Trail to walk, then the Yorkshire Wolds Way gives you a not too challenging introduction. It's only 79-miles long and the Wolds make for easier walking than the North Yorks Moors, the Dales and the rest of the Pennines in Yorkshire. It takes about six days to complete and there's a full range of information to help plan your trip on the Yorkshire Wolds Way pages on the main National Trails website. To make things even easier there are train stations near the start of the walk on the shore of the Humber estuary in Hessle and it's North Sea coast end in Filey.