Yorkshire Wolds Way: Hessle to Filey Brigg

The Yorkshire Wolds Way is a 79 mile (127 km) walking route in the chalk landscape of the Yorkshire Wolds. 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.

The Yorkshire Wolds Way is one of the lesser-known English walks and being the shortest National Trail, the route is ideal for anyone looking to break into long distance, multi-day walking. You don’t need to be an expert navigator to take this walk, the route is well-waymarked across a terrain that consists mainly of gently rolling hills and forest tracks.

Nor is the going particularly challenging either, you’ll find that a lot of the route is low-lying, giving you far reaching views over the tranquil Yorkshire countryside. This is a walk that would suit anyone wanting to cut their teeth with long distance walking as well as those looking for a leisurely nature walk, with peaceful moments of solitude.

The Yorkshire Wolds Way offers an unrivalled introduction to a beautiful part of England’s natural heritage, and should appeal to those who want to embrace walking, followed by a welcome drink and a hearty meal beside the pub’s log fire.

Tour Overview

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Distance

127km

Days

6 Days

Grade

Moderate

Theme

Wildlife / Food and Drink

Landscape Type

Rolling Countryside / Connecting Towns and Villages

Yorkshire Wolds Way: Hessle to Filey Brigg

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Tour Details

This itinerary is offered by Celtic Trails, They believe that there is no better way to see and appreciate the natural world around us than through walking it. For over 20 years, they have had the pleasure of helping walkers on their journey, with their distinctive personalised service and character accommodations.

This tour includes 7 nights accommodation with 6 walking days.

Your holiday will include a good standard accommodation at a mixture of guesthouses, farmhouses, local inns and B&B’s with ensuite or private facilities wherever possible, breakfast, luggage transfers, personal transfer between accommodation and path where necessary, route planning and a Walk Pack including a Trail Guide, itinerary, accommodation directions, local interest leaflets and holiday planning.

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive in Hessle

Check into your comfortable accommodation in Hessle, a quiet town that’s a mixture of ancient and modern. You can’t fail to spot the epic Humber Bridge,  a 2.22-kilometre single-span road suspension bridge, which opened to traffic on 24 June 1981. When it opened, the bridge was the longest of its type in the world.

The Humber Bridge Country Park , a 48 acre wood with open meadows and wildlife ponds is worth a visit. The distinctive chalk cliffs which surround the park on three sides, give rise to the park’s local name of Little Switzerland. The bright white chalk cliffs were said to resemble miniature snow covered Alps!

Day 2 - Hessle to South Cave

This section is a good and fairly easy going introduction to the Yorkshire Wolds Way. Enjoy the first 3 miles (5 Km) of the Yorkshire Wolds Way alongside the foreshore of the Humber estuary. This is an ideal location to observe passing shipping and the hosts of wading birds along the foreshore.

White chalk pebbles on the foreshore indicate that the Humber cuts through the chalk hills of the Yorkshire and Lincolnshire Wolds at this point and large quarries have, in the past, taken advantage of this low ground route to move their products by water and rail.

Just before the path leaves the foreshore and heads towards the rising Yorkshire Wolds you pass the site where the remains of three Bronze Age boats were found protruding from the mud that had preserved them for nearly 4,000 years.

Heading northwest you will pass through the delightful village of Welton. Enjoy a stroll around the village and pause for refreshment at the Green Dragon Inn where you can learn of its connection to the infamous highwayman Dick Turpin

Continuing north along Welton Wold you will realise that you are now truly in Yorkshire Wolds country. The route passes near Brantingham which for the sake of a short deviation is well worth a visit. Strikingly out of place is the interesting Gothic war memorial, built from stones taken from Hull Town Hall. Pevsner described it as “lovingly awful”!

Pleasant woodland and distant views dominate the final length of this section before you drop down to enter South Cave where there are good pubs, shops and accommodation.

20.8km / 13 miles

Day 3 - South Cave to Goodmanham

This section offers fairly easy walking and a visit to several interesting villages and historic locations.

The route climbs north east out of South Cave and soon offers wide expansive views of the Humber to the south. In Weedley Dale you cross the line of the old Hull – Barnsley railway line before gradually climbing towards the BBC relay mast at High Hunsley Beacon. The Yorkshire Wolds Way now drops down through the long grassy Swin Dale, a classic dry valley of the Yorkshire Wolds.

After North Newbald the Trail keeps defiantly to the Wold tops above the small market town of Market Weighton. The high ground is of great archaeological significance as you will pass the site of a Roman amphitheatre in a field to the east, Hesselskew Farm, once a granary belonging to Watton Abbey in the Middle Ages, and a great many tumuli around Arras Farm dating from the late Iron Age.

In Spring Dale the Yorkshire Wolds Way divides and you will take the branch heading north to Goodmanham. The route passes close to Rifle Butts Quarry, a Yorkshire Wildlife Trust reserve and a site of international importance which demonstrates a huge gap in the geological sequence of rocks in this area. Goodmanham is an attractive village with a great pub and microbrewery – The Goodmanham Arms.  Goodmanham also has a significant place in Christian history, it was here in AD 626 that the Saxon King of Northumbria was converted to Christianity.

17.6km / 11 miles 

Day 4 - Goodmanham to Huggate

Setting out from Goodmanham you will soon enter the impressive and most attractive landscaped surroundings of Londesborough Park. Approaching the village you will see signs of the original Hall long since demolished. Previous owners included the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire.

This is a great section of the trail to see Red Kite circling near their roosts. From Londesborough the Yorkshire Wolds Way heads north, towards Nunburnholme. Continuing north the Yorkshire Wolds Way passes near Pocklington and Kilnwick Percy Hall. The Hall, now the Madhyamaka Buddhist Centre, offers retreats and has a café and accommodation open to all.

Now the route climbs above Warren Dale to the higher ground above Millington. The views from here are wide and expansive across Millington, on a clear day you might see York Minster and the White Horse of Kilburn.

Climbing out of Millington and looking across to the far side of the valley is the site of Millington Pasture. There are a couple of short, steep climbs up the sides of dry valleys beyond Millington and then a gradual rise to a high point from which, if the weather is clear, you may be able to spot the towers of the Humber Bridge, York Minster, Lincoln Cathedral and the lighthouse on Flamborough Head!

Your day ends in Huggate, where the Wolds Inn provides welcome refreshment.

17.6km / 11 miles plus 2.5 miles to accommodation

Day 5 - Huggate to Wharram le Street

From Huggate the Trail drops down into the appealing dry valleys of Horse Dale and Holm Dale. The path then climbs gradually to reach Fridaythorpe, where there is a pub, accommodation, a shop and a cafe. Take a rest at the walkers’ shelter/ bus shelter set alongside the village pond, this smart modern building is part of the WANDER – art along the Yorkshire Wolds Way series of artworks.

The walk heads west out of Fridaythorpe to reach the dale of Thixendale. Here in this beautiful setting lies another WANDER artwork – “Time and Flow” a dramatic spiral earthwork best viewed from the top of the valley sides. Head north along Thixendale to the village that bears its name. The snug location of Thixendale village makes it one of the most charming along the Yorkshire Wolds Way and there is accommodation, a shop and a walkers favourite pub – The Cross Keys . Also near here is the gallery of the acclaimed wildlife artist Robert Fuller.

Climbing out and beyond Thixendale village the Yorkshire Wolds Way reaches the highest point on the walk at 700ft (215m) and then descends into Deepdale to the attractively located deserted village of Wharram Percy, There is evidence here that dates as far back as the Iron Age but most of the remains are those associated with the village that was abandoned in the 15th century. Don’t expect to see many actual ruins, the only standing walls remaining are those of St Martin’s Church which was in use for a further 400 years after the village was deserted.

19.2km / 12 miles

Day 6 - Wharram le Street to Ganton

Beyond Wharram le Street the Yorkshire Wolds Way climbs once again reaching a high point at Settrington Beacon. The mixed woodland here makes pleasant walking and as you leave the woods you get wide views across the Vale of Pickering to the North York Moors on the distant skyline.

The descent leads to Wintringham where the Wold scarp and the Yorkshire Wolds Way change direction, so that, instead of facing west over the Vale of York, the scarp is looking north over the Vale of Pickering as it travels east towards Speeton. Whist Wintringham has no facilities, the church of St Peters is well worth a visit. Now managed by the Churches Conservation Trust, it was built form the same Limestone seam as York Minster. The Yorkshire Wolds Way climbs steeply out of Wintringham, before revealing a true surprise – another WANDER artwork called Enclosure Rites, which celebrates the abundant archaeology of the area. From here follow the northern scarp of the Wolds, eventually dropping down to reach Sherburn on the Scarborough – York road.

You will notice from the maps of this last section of the walk that there are many tumuli and linear earthworks marked. This suggests a long and complicated history of land ownership.

The walk then follows the foot of the escarpment from Sherburn to Ganton, where your walk ends for the day.

24km / 15 miles

Day 7 - Ganton to Filey

From Ganton the path climbs back up onto the Wolds for a short distance and then turns back into the Wolds landscape at Staxton Brow.

Beyond Stocking Dale you say goodbye to the Yorkshire Wolds and the landscapes of chalk country as you descend to Muston and onward to Filey. Relax at the sculpture carved with the National Trail acorn that marks the finish of the Yorkshire Wolds Way and also the Cleveland Way. Filey is the perfect place to kick off your boots and go for a paddle at the end of a long walk – a truly fitting finish to a superb Yorkshire Wolds Way!

18.4km / 11.5 miles

Day 8 - Depart Filey

Depart after breakfast.

Accommodation

Celtic Trails pride themselves on a good standard accommodation. You will be staying in a mix of accommodation including guesthouses, farmhouses, local inns and B&B’s with ensuite or private facilities wherever possible. Breakfast will be provided. Wherever necessary transfer between your accommodation and the path is included.

This tour includes 7 nights’ accommodation.

Travel

Bus

There are direct bus services between Hull and Hessle and also between Filey and Hull.

Check Traveline for latest timetable information and journey planning.

Rail

There are rail connections to both Hessle (from Hull, Leeds or Sheffield) and Filey as well as between Filey and Hull.

You can also get directly to Hull from London Kings Cross as well as more local services using Hull Trains

Visit www.nationalrail.co.uk for rail information and journey planning.

Ferry

If you are arriving at Hull using P&O Ferries, you should be landing at about 8.00am. The Hull Ferry bus takes foot passengers to Hull Rail Station. From Hull Station, the easiest route is to catch the regular trains to Hessle.

 

Advice

The route is rated moderate covering between 17.6 and 24km each day. With a few short exceptions there are no ‘serious’ hills along the Way. This is a gentle, subtle route suitable for almost all abilities.

Anywhere from March to October is a good time to visit. Although the walk itself is fairly easygoing, try to avoid the wetter seasons as the route is liable to get muddy – making progress a bit harder. Visit in Spring for fields of wildflowers and Red Kites in the sky.

 

Food & Drink

You’ll be spoiled for choice with so much great local food and drink on offer. You will pass through many small villages and towns with great local pubs and cafes.

Maps, Guidebooks and Merchandise

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.

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