Various artworks dot the Yorkshire Wolds Way, including these ‘Guardian’ figures
Various artworks dot the Yorkshire Wolds Way, including these ‘Guardian’ figures

Cool Place of the Day: Yorkshire Wolds Way, East Yorkshire

Every day, a new place to discover or explore from coolplaces.co.uk

Jules Brown
Wednesday 07 September 2016 12:43
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The best-kept walkers' secret in the north of England? This 79-mile National Trail is an unsung gem, running from the Humber estuary to Filey in North Yorkshire through the gently rolling chalk hills of the Yorkshire Wolds, and is celebrated next week during the annual Yorkshire Wolds Walking Festival (10-18 September).

It's Hockney Country – the artist lives part-time in Bridlington and is often out sketching and photographing in this beautiful part of the world – and the attractions en route are worthy of an Old Master. There are tranquil hidden valleys, wooded slopes, stunning escarpment views, ancient market towns and pretty-as-a-picture villages, with the route ending at the dramatic rocky headland of Filey Brigg.

National Trails Officer for the Wolds Way, Malcolm Hodgson, recommends "the chance to walk along the bottom of the many dry valleys for that perfect bit of escapism", and it's true – this is one of the least-walked of all the trails, meaning peace, tranquillity and solitude in equal measure. It takes six days to do the full trail justice, though you can opt for some excellent short, circular day routes – there are plenty of ideas on the Top 10 Trail Experiences website. The Wolds Way starts in Hessle, about half a mile east of the Humber Bridge – and trains can get you to Hessle without any, er, hassle.

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