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Discover the serenity and beauty of the Yorkshire Wolds Way

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Discover the serenity and beauty of the Yorkshire Wolds Way

Hiking Collection by komoot

5-11

days

3-6 h

/ day

77.8 mi

6,200 ft

6,100 ft

The Yorkshire Wolds Way is a hidden-gem hike that explores some of the most peaceful and gentle countryside that England has to offer.

The charming landscape boasts tranquil dry valleys and dales, wildlife and wildflower-rich chalklands, vibrant market towns and sleepy villages, abundant history, and a sumptuous sense of solitude.

From the banks of the Humber Estuary, the trail winds for 79 miles (129 km) around the western edge of the Wolds; along wooded hillsides, through serene valleys and pretty farmland, and eventually onto the northern escarpment to the coastline at Filey.

The Yorkshire Wolds is typically quite flat; there are no grueling ascents—and certainly no mountains to climb. Whilst there are hills, they are small, gentle, and afford breathtaking views. The trail is well-maintained and well-signposted, too.

Despite the beauty and utter peacefulness of this hike, it is not as well-known as some of its peers. The upshot of this is that you often have the landscape all to yourself; no crowded summits and teeming visitors’ centers on this trail.

The downside is that accommodation options and places to eat and drink are not always abundant. Whilst every stage in this Collection finishes close to accommodation, even if there are only a few options nearby, it is worth planning in advance and scheduling any rest days accordingly.

The most common way to walk the Wolds Way is from south to north, as per this Collection. Whilst there is nothing to stop you from completing it the other way, starting from the urban landscape of Hull and finishing on the golden Yorkshire coastline is widely agreed to be the most rewarding way.

In this Collection, we split the route into five stages. Of course, you can split up each stage into as many days as you are comfortable with. You can also walk any single stage, or a couple of stages, in isolation.

If you are planning to arrive by public transport, you can catch a train to Hessle, which has connecting services around Britain, typically with a change in either Hull or Doncaster, depending where you are coming from. It is then a five-minute walk from the station to the start of the trail.

To get home, you can catch the 12, 13, or 555 bus services from Filey to Scarborough, which has direct trains to York, Manchester, and Liverpool, and connecting services around Britain.

If you are planning to arrive by car, your best bet is to negotiate with a hotel or B&B a rate to stay for a night either side of your hike in Hull or Hessle. Alternatively, you could find long stay parking in Hull or York, which both have good transport links with the start and finish.

To get back to Hessle, you can catch the 12, 13, or 555 bus services from Filey to Scarborough, which has direct trains to Hull and connecting services (via Hull) to Hessle.

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Yorkshire Wolds Way

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6,250 ft

6,175 ft

Last updated: November 15, 2021

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    Stage 01: Hessle to South Cave — Yorkshire Wolds Way

    Difficult
    05:29
    12.5 mi
    2.3 mph
    1,025 ft
    875 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Yorkshire Wolds Way begins its epic journey in the shadow of the Humber Bridge.

    

    When the Humber Bridge was completed in 1981, it was the longest of its kind in the world and was not surpassed until 1998.

    

    The trail follows the Humber, an estuary formed by the rivers Trent and Ouse, for the first couple

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  • Difficult
    07:48
    17.8 mi
    2.3 mph
    1,450 ft
    1,200 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    You climb high onto the Wolds on this stage and experience great views over the Humber.

    

    The trail ascends through serene farmland and woodland out of South Cave before descending through Swin Dale.

    

    When you reach Spring Dale, the Wolds Way splits; with one path following the Hudson Way into Market Weighton

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  • Difficult
    06:29
    14.4 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,425 ft
    1,450 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    With valleys, dales, patchwork fields, and sleepy villages, this stage is classic Wolds walking.

    

    You rejoin the trail north of Pocklington and hike through Warren Dale, Nettle Dale, and Pasture Dale before reaching the village of Huggate.

    

    At 558 feet (170 meters) above sea level, Huggate is the highest

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  • Difficult
    07:48
    17.8 mi
    2.3 mph
    1,325 ft
    1,500 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    A deserted medieval village, wildlife-rich countryside, and Norman architecture await you on this enchanting hike.

    

    From Thixendale, the trail climbs onto the Wolds and soon reaches Wharram Percy, one of the best-preserved deserted medieval villages in Britain.

    

    Situated in a remote and picturesque valley

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  • Difficult
    06:37
    15.3 mi
    2.3 mph
    950 ft
    1,100 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Signs of ancient civilizations are everywhere along this stage, which brings you to the trail’s conclusion on the Yorkshire coastline.

    

    From Sherburn, you continue through the rolling landscape; over Staxton Wold and Flixton Wold, and along Camp Dale and Stocking Dale.

    

    Along the way, you will notice many

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    5
  • Distance
    77.8 mi
  • Duration
    34:11 h
  • Elevation
    6,200 ft6,100 ft

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