Yorkshire Wolds Way
The Yorkshire Wolds offer a peaceful setting for a walking holiday away from it all. With rolling countryside and far reaching views, the trail follows good paths and tracks over higher ground, dipping in and out of the dry valleys which were carved into this landscape after the Ice Age, and which give the area its unique appearance.
The route begins on the Humber Estuary and follows a band of chalk which runs through a very rural and unspoilt corner of Britain, all the way to Filey on the North Coast.
On a clear day the views over the patchwork of fields stretch for miles, to the Pennines and the North Yorkshire Moors. You may be able to spot the distinctive landmarks of York Minster, and your starting point, the Humber Bridge as you walk through this very rural landscape.
The hedgerows and grassy valleys are the perfect habitat for an abundance of wild flowers, birds and butterflies and you may be lucky enough to see Red Kites on the central part of the route.
The area also has a strong connection with the arts. Hull, close to the start of the route, is the UK City of Culture until 2020, if you fancy a rest day before starting your walk. Along the route, a project known as ‘WANDER – Art on the Yorkshire Wolds Way’ has seen a number of works of art springing up along the trail, so be sure to look out for these on your journey.
We offer 2 holidays over the entire length of the National Trail, either 5 or 8 days walking, depending on how far you want to go each day and how much time you want to relax and soak up the views!
The route described here is from south to north as most people choose to start in Hessle, enjoying the increasingly beautiful scenery as you walk towards Filey, hopefully with the sun on your back!
This is a rural area and the route passes through very few towns and villages. When choosing your route, please bear in mind that the actual distance walked on any day may sometimes vary by up to 2 miles/3 km from the quoted distances (depending on the exact location of your accommodation). The mileages shown are typical door to door distances for each day.
You may also wish to deviate from the trail at times to visit some of the local villages and points of interest so it is worth choosing an itinerary you think you can manage comfortably in case you decide to add to your daily walk.
The Yorkshire Wolds Way
Hessle to Filey 87 miles/140 km
Note for 2020
A section of the Yorkshire Wolds Way is due to be closed from April 2020. This is the Hessle foreshore section from just east of the Country Park Inn through to North Ferriby. The closure is necessary for some works to be carried out to stabilise the bank alongside the railway line.
Our recommendation for walkers is to walk the first 1 km so that you can visit the Humber Bridge, then retrace your steps back to the station and catch the regular train between Hessle and North Ferriby. You can pick up the trail again from here. Alternatively you can just catch the train from Hessle and start the walk from North Ferriby, missing the first 4.5km of the route.