The Yorkshire Wolds are a patchwork quilt of beautiful valleys, charming villages and natural unspoiled scenery. Stretching south of the North York Moors, from the coast of Flamborough to the pretty market town of Malton, these golden hills inspired the “godfather of art”, David Hockney. For walkers, cyclists, dog lovers and adventurers, the Wolds also offer an endless natural playground just waiting to be explored. The following walks are ideal for those based at our Allerthorpe park or families visiting East Yorkshire for the day.
WATERSIDE WALK WITH KINGFISHERS AND WATER VOLES
Distance: Approx 6 Miles
Start/ finish: Canal Head Car Park, near Pocklington, on the A1079
Refreshments: Melbourne Arms
Walk: Linear and flat on well signed paths
In the midst of rural tranquility, it comes a surprise to trip over a bit of heritage from Yorkshire’s industrial past. Pocklington Canal, which dates from 1815, linked the farming heartlands of East Yorkshire with the hustle and dynamism of the industrial revolution centred around the West Riding. Most traces of industry are now long gone, leaving a beautiful legacy of waterside walks with chances to glimpse kingfishers, water voles and migratory wetland birds.
Start and finish at the Canal Head car park just off the busy A1079. The walk follows the canal bank all the way, dipping below historic bridges and beside locks, some now restored to full working order. After about 3 miles, cross the bridge and follow the path alongside the arm of the canal to Melbourne Marina. Walk on to the village of Melbourne itself where the Melbourne Arms offers good food and drinks.
Retrace your steps until you get to the small swing bridge at Bielby and follow the path on the other side of the canal. Look out for the memorial to the young bomber pilots who sadly lost their lives in a wartime crash landing. Follow the Bielby arm to the edge of Bielby village, at the restored Water Mill (now a private residence) follow the other side of the arm to again reach the canal proper. Follow the canal to the next Bridge and cross to the other
side to retrace your steps back to the car park.
HIGH WALK ON THE WOLDS TOPS WITH BREATHTAKING VIEWS
Distance: approx 5 Miles
Start/ finish: Car Park above the Church in Millington
Refreshments: Gait Inn or tea rooms in Millington
Walk: Circular with some steep climbs along signed paths
This walk follows quiet single track roads and paths providing a brilliantly accessible introduction to this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Start and finish in the quintessential Wolds village of Millington. From the small car park follow the road down beside the church into the village proper. Turn right and follow the road past the pub and tea rooms. Take the first road on the left and walk down the hill.
At the bottom stay on the road as it turns to the right and rises steeply for about half a mile. At the top of the rise, where the road turns sharply right, you turn left and follow the distinct path for about another half mile steeply uphill with fields to your left and a wood to your right. At the top where the woods end, turn left and follow the gently rising path between two fields.
Look out on your left for fine views over the Vale of York with the chance to glimpse York Minster on a clear day. Follow the path as it turns left and then right along a ridge with the village laid out below you and breathtaking views across the Wolds tops. Pause at the quaint poetry encrusted bench and look out for Buzzards, Red Kites and Hang Gliders who all
take advantage of the uplifts. Follow the ridge path for about half a mile. At the farm turn right up the road for a few steps before turning left onto the ridge path again and follow the high line path for about another half mile.
At the fence stay on the path as it turns sharply left downhill. At the stile take the signposted path to the left and follow the path across the fields for about another half mile. Cross another stile and follow the path down hill, heading toward a small wooden bridge across the beck. Follow the path back to the village and reward
yourself with a well earned pint in the village or a tea and cake from the tea rooms.
LOVELY WOODLAND WALKS THROUGH ALLERTHORPE COMMON
Distance: Variable from half a mile to 3 miles circular
Start/ finish: The car park, off Thornton road. Alternatively, you can walk directly into the woods from Allerthorpe Village or Allerthorpe Golf & Park Retreat. Follow the path between the Plough Inn and the Village Hall, past field edges and a farm to reach the woods
Refreshments: JJ’s Bar and Kitchen, Market Street
Walk: Circular and flat through woods on sometimes distinct paths
So close to our Allerthorpe park that you can almost touch it, Allerthorpe Common is a woodland delight rich in wildlife and natural delights. Watch out for deer, squirrels and even the odd adder on warm sun drenched days. There are birds aplenty to spot, including Nightjars, Crossbills and Goldcrests.
From the car park, cross the road and enter the woods through the five bar wooden gate. Take any of the 3 paths in front of you. The one on the right follows the edge of
the woods and allows you to complete a circular walk of about 3 miles around the whole wood. The middle walk follows the straight and wide Forestry Commission gravel
road into the heart of the woods, with plenty of intriguing paths to meander off left and right into the woods. The left path starts with a meadow on one side and the woods
on the other, but you soon find yourself meandering amongst the trees.