The Yorkshire Wolds Way is one of just 16 National Trails in England and Wales. Deservedly so for the outstanding landscape and beautiful countryside along the full length of its 79 miles between Hessle near the Humber Bridge and Filey on the North Yorkshire Coast. Renowned for its peace and tranquillity, the walk hits top marks for anyone looking to maximise their wellbeing. People love the stunning dry grass valleys that the path bends and curves its way along in harmony with nature. Poetry benches are dotted along the route – a place to relax and contemplate life, the universe and everything! There is a warm welcome and often a pub in villages along the way, with a chance for a friendly chat with the locals over a decent pint of Yorkshire ale.
There are so many highlights to enjoy, given it is one of the shortest National Trails. Stand back and admire the expanse of the stunning Humber Bridge. It is a thrill to walk under it. Head to the sleepy village of Welton to a spot where things were once much more lively. Here the notorious Highwayman Dick Turpin was arrested. On to Londesborough Park – a stretch of genteel old parkland, where Red Kite soar through the air majestically. Everyone loves the charm of little Thixendale village, with The Cross Keys pub and nearby the fantastic Robert Fuller Gallery. See his stunning wildlife art and learn about his wonderful observations of wildlife in the surrounding Wolds. Talking of art, some people call this “The Artist’s Trail” You can see the WANDER project artworks on route – including the astonishing “Waves & Time” earth spiral nestling in the dry valleys near Thixendale. Or climb up to the northern escarpment at Knapton near Wintringham to see the Guardian Figures and dew pond of the “Enclosure Rites” land art.
You can’t miss Wharram Percy Deserted Medieval Village. The Yorkshire Wolds Way heads right through it. It is the most famous one in England, yet it’s usually pretty quiet and peaceful for a visit. Heading further north take time to call in at Wolds Way Lavender. Its great for a cuppa. Pick the right time of year and the scent of the lavender is stunning. The finish at Filey and Filey Brigg is a stunner – a unique rock formation stretching out into the North Sea. Time for some Fish & Chips – you deserve it!
Fancy staying over at a Buddhist Retreat, a Castle, a traditional pub or a Glamping Pod? All these are great options to enjoy along the trail. Most walkers take 5 or 6 days to walk the Yorkshire Wolds Way from end to end. Don’t worry – if you only have a day or two available we have some great suggestions for circular day walks on some of the highlights of the route.