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Yorkshire Wolds Way National Trail

The Yorkshire Wolds Way crosses the gently rolling chalk uplands of the Yorkshire Wolds. The farming dales of this region are very attractive and the countryside is peaceful and unspoilt. It is one of the quietest of the National Trails and if it is peace and solitude you seek, then this trail is a must. Once you discover this little corner of England then you will know exactly why it is known as England's best kept secret.

 The route, starting on the bank of the mighty river Humber in the shadow of the Humber Bridge, traverses this magnificent landscape and ends up at the spectacular cliffs of Filey. The route is well waymarked and easy to follow and will take you through this tranquil land with fine views, wooded slopes and secluded green valleys. There are also many features of interest along the route including one of our best preserved deserted medieval villages at Wharram Percy. And the route has a spectacular finale at the dramatic geological curiosity of Filey Brigg.

The official guide book describes the route in five day walk sections as follows:
Hessel to South Cave – 13 miles
South Cave to Goodmanham – 11 miles
Goodmanham to Thixendale – 20 miles
Thixendale to Sherburn – 18.5 miles
Sherburn to Filey – 14.5 miles

There are a couple of demanding day walks in this itinerary but accommodation between Goodmanham and Sherburn is scarce.

The Yorkshire Wolds Way links with the Cleveland Way at Filey, allowing a continuous walk of both National Trails. By also using the 80 kilometre Tabular Hills Walk from Helmsley to return to the coast at Filey you can create a to create a continuous long distance walk. Complete this combined National Trail journey and you will have experienced an amazing variety of scenery and a walking adventure you are unlikely to ever forget. Of course, you do not have to walk the whole route. If you want to consider this option, you can purchase the guidebook here.


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Start: Hessle Haven

Grid Ref: TA 017256

End: Filey Brigg

Grid Ref: TA 125816

Distance: 127 km

Walking Time: 5 days

Counties Traversed

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Yorkshire Wolds Way

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