The Wolds Essentials

Introducing the Yorkshire Wolds

The writer Winifred Holtby, born in Rudston, described the Yorkshire Wolds as 'fold upon fold of encircling hills, piled rich and golden'. Holtby perfectly captures the beauty of this tranquil and gentle countryside with its rolling hills, chalk landscape and rich wildlife. The 79-mile Yorkshire Wolds National Trail makes this region the perfect place for those who love the great outdoors - miles of walking paths and cycling trails provide the adventure of a lifetime, from journeys through woodland to discovering the Yorkshire shoreline.

Wolds Mini Guide

Explore the Yorkshire Wolds with this Yorkshire Wolds Mini Guide.

Market towns and magnificent houses

From the Yorkshire Wolds to the Holderness Plain, the scenery is just breath-taking. Open roads lead to ancient market towns such as Howden, Hedon, Pocklington, Driffield and the historic town of Beverley, with its awe-inspiring Gothic Minster and lovingly preserved old streets and stone buildings.

The Wolds also boasts plenty of characterful inns, fine churches and magnificent country houses. Take a step back in time and experience the grand lifestyles of wealthy landowners with a visit to Burton Agnes and Burton Constable Hall - two outstanding Elizabethan country houses - and the outstanding Sledmere House and Sewerby Hall.

David Hockney

Bradford-born David Hockney, the godfather of British art, is synonymous with America and a vivid world of swimming pools, sunshine, palm trees and luxurious living. However, his later landscape work 'A Bigger Picture' (2012) reclaimed Hockney for the county of his birth as he showcased the Yorkshire landscapes he knew as a child - in particular the Yorkshire Wolds.

Walk the Wolds

The 79-mile Yorkshire Wolds Way National Trail attracts thousands of visitors every year due to the sheer natural beauty of the scenery, the picturesque villages and the opportunity to explore some lesser-known parts of Yorkshire. As well as the Wolds Way, the area also boasts some awe-inspiring natural wonders including the Bempton Cliffs Nature Reserve with its white cliffs and charming puffins, and the wildlife paradise of Danes Dyke Beach. Other Yorkshire Wolds attractions include the Yorkshire Wolds half marathon, an annual event that attracts runners from all across the country for a gruelling but undeniably scenic run. Not for the fainthearted!

Why not stay for a while? Wolds Edge Lodges have been born out of a love for the Yorkshire Wolds and the surrounding villages that nestle among them. The owners have gone to great lengths to make Wolds Edge the perfect getaway, finishing the accommodation to a very high standard and providing as much of their own knowledge about the area to the guests, making a stay there hassle free.

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