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The Yorkshire Wolds

Discover The Wolds

When you think of 'The Wolds', it's usually The Cotswolds that springs to mind. However, you may be surprised to discover that Yorkshire has its very own 'Wolds' - and they're just as peaceful, charming and full of character.

With glorious, gently undulating hills, perfect for picnics, and picture postcard villages with landscaped gardens and ponds aplenty, the Yorkshire Wolds are a pretty stretch of Yorkshire countryside not to be missed.

More About Yorkshire Wolds

The Yorkshire Wolds are low hills in the counties of East Yorkshire and North Yorkshire. The name also applies to the district in which these beautiful hills lie.

On the western edge, the Wolds rise to an escarpment which then drops sharply down to the Vale of York.

The highest point on the escarpment is Bishop Wilton Wold (also known as Garrowby Hill), which is 807 feet (246 m) above sea level.

To the north, on the other side of the Vale of Pickering, lie the North York Moors, and to the east the hills flatten into the plain of Holderness.

The largest town in the Wolds is Driffield, with other places including Pocklington, Thixendale and Kilham, the original 'capital' of the Wolds.

The highest village on the Yorkshire Wolds is Fridaythorpe at 550 feet (170 m) above sea level. The market town of Beverley lies on the eastern slopes, along with the civil parish of Molescroft.