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The Yorkshire Wolds Way wends for 79 mile (127 km) 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". With vineyards, lavender farms and Buddhist centres as well as cosy welcoming pubs it’s a trail of surprises.

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About the Trail

What is the Yorkshire Wolds Way?

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.

How long does it take to complete the Trail?

It would be a shame to complete the walk in less than six days if you are to fully savour the beauty and interest of the route. Plan a leisurely stroll rather than a route march. The official guide book recommends a 5 or 6 day walk.

How hard is it?

With a few short exceptions there are no ‘serious’ hills along the Way. This is a gentle, subtle route suitable for almost all abilities.

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How do I get to the Yorkshire Wolds Way?

It’s easy to use public transport to reach the Yorkshire Wolds Way National Trail.

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

You can find up-to-date public transport information including a journey planner at www.traveline.info

Where can I stay on the Trail?

There is a good choice of accommodation close to the Trail and it can be viewed here.

Many places fill up quickly, we recommend that you book in advance.

Can I camp along the Trail?

There are campsites along the Trail and they can be viewed here. If you plan to camp please note it is not legal to wild camp in England or Wales – you will need to stay on official campsites.

Can I get my bags carried or my accommodation booked?

There are several companies that will arrange to move your bags for you, help you plan your trip, or arrange a full package.

You can see baggage handlers here and holiday operators here.

What is the best time of year to walk on the Trail?

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.

Which direction should I walk it in?

Most people walk from Hessle through to Filey, but it is equally good in the other direction and sometimes easier to find accommodation if completing it ‘in reverse’.

What should I take with me?

We recommend that you take a map and/or guidebook with you. You may also find a compass useful.

If you are walking solo you may want to tell someone where you are going as there can be mobile black spots along the Trail. Ensure your phone is fully charged before setting off.

Weather in the UK can be changeable so it’s wise to be prepared. You’ll need good footwear, waterproofs and warm layers. Take plenty of water and just in case, pack a few plasters for your feet. In the summer you may need sun cream.

Will I have mobile phone and internet access?

Mobile phone reception is reasonably good on the Yorkshire Wolds, with the odd dead spot.  A number of the accommodation providers offer wi-fi.  If this is important for you then check when booking .

Is there signage on the Yorkshire Wolds Way?

The UK is unique in having a network of paths that the public can use, this is the Public Rights of Way network. You can see these paths on Ordnance Survey maps.

National Trails are signed with an acorn symbol and/or the Trail name which you will see on stiles, gates and signposts. This is the symbol used by all the English and Welsh National Trails.

As you are walking along the Trail you will also see waymarkers pointing to other paths. You can use the public rights of way network to leave the Trail to explore places of interest, reach your accommodation and find places to eat and drink.

You will often find a coloured arrow on signs which indicates the status of that section of path. The most common are yellow arrows which are footpaths and blue which are bridleways.

Can I download a GPX file?

You can download a GPX file of the whole Trail here.

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Can I get a guidebook and map for the Trail?

The official guidebook and map for the Trail are available from the National Trails Shop along with a wide range of gifts and other merchandise.

Can I get a certificate if I complete the Trail?

Certificates are available from the National Trails Shop.

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