Walk: The Centenary Way

in York

England’s picturesque landscapes are woven with countless trails, but one that captures the essence of both natural beauty and historical depth is the Centenary Way. This long-distance footpath stretches approximately 209 kilometres (130 miles) and offers an immersive journey through the heart of Yorkshire. Established in 1989 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the North and East Yorkshire County Councils, the Centenary Way is a path less travelled but rich with sights and stories.

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The Route

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Walk Description

Starting Point: York Minster

The journey begins at the majestic York Minster, one of the largest cathedrals in Northern Europe. The Minster is not just a starting point but a symbol of the historical depth you’ll encounter on this trek. From here, the path winds through the quaint streets of York, exiting the city into the expansive landscapes that characterize rural Yorkshire.

Through the Vale of York and the Yorkshire Wolds

After leaving York, the Centenary Way heads northeast towards the Howardian Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The route meanders through lush valleys and woodlands, offering tranquil views and a peaceful walking experience. The path then continues into the Yorkshire Wolds, known for their rolling hills and deep dry valleys, providing breathtaking vistas and challenging hikes.

Historical Highlights and Natural Beauty

One of the most enchanting aspects of the Centenary Way is its rich tapestry of historical sites. Castles, ancient ruins, and historic villages dot the landscape. Highlights include the ruins of Sheriff Hutton Castle, the serene beauty of Castle Howard’s grounds, and the market towns like Malton, known for its food festivals and Roman history.

The trail also passes through less frequented, but equally mesmerizing, areas such as the River Derwent and the quaint village of Filey. Here, the trail shifts dramatically as it approaches the coast, culminating in the dramatic cliffs and expansive views of the North Sea at Filey Brigg.

Calling points

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York Minster
New Earswick
West Lilling
Sheriff Hutton
Castle Howard
Low Hutton
North Grimston
Wharram Percy
West Heslerton
Potter Brompton

Practical Tips for the Trail

  • Planning Your Visit: The Centenary Way can be tackled in sections or as a whole over several days. Accommodations range from rustic camping sites to comfortable B&Bs, allowing for various levels of comfort and budget.
  • What to Bring: Prepare for variable weather by dressing in layers and carrying waterproof gear. Sturdy hiking boots are essential, as the terrain can vary from flat footpaths to rugged hillside trails.
  • Navigation: Waymarking along the Centenary Way is generally good, but carrying a detailed map or a GPS device is recommended to avoid any off-track adventures.

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