About the Trail
The Yorkshire Wolds Way is a 79 mile (127 km) walking route in the chalk landscape of the Yorkshire Wolds. The National Trail wends through some of the most tranquil and gentle countryside in England. From the banks of the mighty Humber estuary, along wooded slopes and through serene dry valleys, the walk climbs gently onto the airy tops of the rolling hills where on a clear day “you can see forever”. Descending from the northern escarpment the final section of the Way finishes on the dramatic headland of Filey Brigg.
Exploring the Trail
With a few short exceptions there are no ‘serious’ hills along the Way. This is a gentle, subtle route suitable for almost all abilities.
The National Trail is very well way-marked so following the route is easy. But it is always a good idea to take a guidebook or map.
You can walk the Trail at any time of year. May and September are the most popular months, with fabulous walking weather. If you want a chance to see the vibrant poppy fields you need to come in June and early July.
What is special about the Trail?
A first time visit to the Yorkshire Wolds often comes as a surprise. The outstanding quality of the landscape is a truly wonderful discovery. The peace and quiet of the area brings a welcome respite from the pressures of everyday life. This is a very special landscape. Here lies chalk, shaped over millions of years into a combination of hidden and lush green dry chalk valleys and wide open field tops, where the views stretch out for miles and miles.
Along the way you will discover how the rich layers of countryside are complemented by the heritage of the Yorkshire Wolds, such as the parkland of Londesborough and the deserted medieval village of Wharram Percy. And let’s not forget the wildlife – as in any visit you are almost sure to spot hares on the ground – and red kites in the sky. At the same time don’t miss some of the dramatic artworks from the WANDER – art along the Yorkshire Wolds Way project.
If you are arriving at Hull using PO North Sea Ferries the company provides a bus to take foot passengers to Hull Rail Station, booking is advisable. From Hull Station you can catch a frequent train through to Hessle and the start of the Yorkshire Wolds Way. On finishing the walk you can catch either a bus or train directly from Filey back to Hull.
The closest airports to the Yorkshire Wolds Way are at Doncaster and Leeds. There are direct trains to Hull from both Doncaster and Leeds rail stations.
There are rail connections to both Hessle (from Hull, Leeds or Sheffield) and Filey as well as between Filey and Hull all of which use Northern Rail and a direct bus service between Filey and Hull.
You can also get directly to Hull from London Kings Cross as well as more local services using Hull Trains.
For detailed rail information please see www.nationalrail.co.uk or www.traveline.info.
The Moors Explorer Service from Hull and Beverley is a great way of getting to locations like Wharram le Street and North Grimston on the Yorkshire Wolds Way, allowing circular walks to Wharram Percy and Settrington. It runs every Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday from 25 May until 28 September inclusive. Go to www.eyms.co.uk for details.
You can find up-to-date information on bus services at www.traveline.info.
If you need to use a car to visit the Yorkshire Wolds Way there are places to park your car at most settlements along the Way. Please be considerate when parking and do not block gateways or park on village greens. If you plan to leave your car for several days please inform the local police of your intentions.
This National Trail passes through the very best landscapes – places you may want to explore for several days at a time. From cosy country inns to characterful cottages, we’ve got your accommodation near the Yorkshire Wolds Way covered.
Download and print a list of accommodation for each section of the Trail.