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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.
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Yorkshire Wolds Fast Facts
- The Yorkshire Wolds is a range of rolling hills and valleys in the East Riding of Yorkshire, in northern England.
- The Wolds Way National Trail is a long-distance footpath that runs for 79 miles through the Yorkshire Wolds, from Hessle to Filey.
- The area is known for its distinctive chalk landscapes, which have been shaped by erosion over thousands of years.
- The Yorkshire Wolds is home to several picturesque villages, including Pocklington, Market Weighton, and Driffield.
- The area has a rich history, with evidence of human habitation dating back to the Neolithic era.
- The Wolds is home to several historic buildings, including Burton Agnes Hall, a magnificent Elizabethan manor house.
- The Yorkshire Wolds is also home to several nature reserves, including Flamborough Head and the Bempton Cliffs, which are home to a variety of seabirds.
- The area has been designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), which recognises its unique landscapes and natural heritage.
- The Yorkshire Wolds is a popular destination for walkers, with a network of footpaths and bridleways offering access to the area’s stunning scenery.
- The Wolds is also home to several cycling routes, including the Yorkshire Wolds Cycle Route, a 146-mile circular route that takes in many of the area’s highlights.
- The area is famous for its locally-produced food and drink, including Wold Top Brewery’s award-winning ales and Yorkshire Rapeseed Oil’s gourmet oils.
- The Yorkshire Wolds is also home to several annual events and festivals, including the Driffield Agricultural Show and the Pocklington Arts Festival.
- The area has a rich literary heritage, with several famous authors, including David Hockney and Winifred Holtby, having been inspired by the landscapes of the Yorkshire Wolds.
- The Wolds is home to several historic churches, including St. Mary’s Church in Beverley, which dates back to the 12th century.
- The area has a rich agricultural heritage, with many farms and rural communities still active in the region today.
- The Yorkshire Wolds is a great place to explore on horseback, with several riding schools and stables offering guided tours and lessons.
- The area is home to several market towns, including Beverley, which has a vibrant market selling local produce and crafts.
- The Yorkshire Wolds is a great place to see wildlife, with many species of birds, mammals, and insects calling the area home.
- The area has a rich mining heritage, with several coal mines operating in the region during the 19th and early 20th centuries.
- The Yorkshire Wolds is home to several museums and heritage sites, including the Hull and East Riding Museum and the Spurn Heritage Coast.
- The area has a rich maritime heritage, with several historic ports and fishing villages, including Bridlington and Whitby, located nearby.
- The Yorkshire Wolds are home to several award-winning gardens, including Burton Agnes Gardens and Sledmere House.
- The area is a great place to explore by car, with several scenic driving routes offering stunning views of the landscape.
- The Yorkshire Wolds is a great place to visit year-round, with each season offering its own unique charms and attractions.
- The area is a hidden gem of northern England, offering visitors a chance to discover a unique landscape and rich cultural heritage.
Yorkshire Wolds FAQ’s
Where are the Yorkshire Wolds?
The Yorkshire Wolds are hills in the counties of the East Riding of Yorkshire and North Yorkshire in Northern England. The name also applies to the district in which the hills lie. They are the northernmost chalk hills in the UK and within lies the northernmost chalk stream in Europe, the Gypsey Race.