Saturday 14 – Sunday 22 September 2024

Celebrate the ‘Great Outdoors’ with a packed programme of activities at the annual Walking East Yorkshire Festival.

Whether a walker, cyclist, horse rider, nature lover or history enthusiast, the festival showcases a plethora of activities over nine days which appeal to families, casual walkers and outdoor enthusiasts alike.

The festival shines a spotlight not only on the rolling landscape, curvy roads and stick trees which inspired one of Britain’s most iconic artists David Hockney to paint his colourful tribute to the Yorkshire Wolds, but also our rich heritage coastline with chalk cliffs and an abundance of wildlife. The flat plains of Holderness with its big skies make it ideal for cycling along quiet country roads, disused railway lines or even a jaunt to the tip of Spurn Point’s peninsula.

Popular year-on-year events include history tours of our pretty market towns, long-distance treks, Nordic walking, canal boat rides, horse riding, wildlife experiences, seabird cruises, vineyard tours, brewery visits, ghost walks, lighthouse tours, outdoor pursuits including kayaking, bodyboarding and wild swimming.

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Activities to enjoy at your leisure

Be inspired by outdoor activities for all ages and abilities to enjoy with your friends and family.

Medieval Guilds and Crafts of Beverley Self-guided Town Walks A Month of Outdoor Fun Hornsea Rail Trail and Horse Riding Beverley Pub Walk From Coast to Country

Paul Schofield – History Talks

Paul Schofield is a fully-qualified, freelance English Heritage accredited guide, famous in the area for his guided walks in both Beverley, Hull and the surrounding area. Paul has kindly pre-recorded two special history talks - taking you on a virtual journey around Beverley, from the safety of your own home!

The Medieval Guilds and Crafts of Beverley Talk

Whether you’re a visitor to Beverley or live in the town and want to learn something new. Paul will take a step back in time and uncover what life was like in Medieval Beverley. The trail houses 40 unique sculptures which depict the guild and trades of the area. Medieval Beverley was a wealthy town with a diverse population of skilled workers, including carpenters, butchers, jerkin makers, musicians and armourers to name just a few! Pick up a town trail at Beverley Tourist Information Centre.

Medieval Guilds and Crafts recording Beverley Town Trail Visit Paul Schofield at Tour Hull

Beverley Pub Talk

Grab a beer, relax and join Paul for The Beverley Pub Talk focusing on Beverley’s most fascinating and historic drinking places. The talk includes pubs such as the Royal Standard, a Grade II listed building in the heart of Beverley, and the unique “Nellie's” White Horse Inn which is the second-oldest surviving Inn in the town after The Sun Inn – and still powered by gas lights! Download your copy of the Beverley Pub Guide and enjoy a day out in Beverley whilst visiting one of its familiar hostelries. Cheers!

Pub History Talk recording Beverley Historic Pub Guide

Self-guided Town Walks Around East Yorkshire

East Yorkshire has an abundance of charming and historic market towns rich in heritage and culture. Choose from a range of do-anytime walks of varying lengths and enjoy a stroll around one our picturesque market towns. You can admire the architecture, and learn more about the fascinating history and the stories behind the buildings.

Follow the Beverley Town Trail and take a step back in time, discover what life was like in medieval Beverley. Visit Market Weighton and learn about its most famous resident – William 'Giant' Bradley, born in 1787, who grew his way into the Guinness Book of Records as England's tallest man. Unlock the secrets of Bettison’s Folly in Hornsea or take a stroll around Bridlington’s iconic old town with its Georgian architecture. Learn about the Stewarts of Burnby Hall in Pocklington or discover the history around the R100 Airship in Howden.

Pick up a copy of two NEW walking booklets - 'Walks in and Around Beverley' and 'Walk Pocklington'. Both booklets showcase a number of interesting routes with historic anecdotes. Both FREE from Beverley Tourist Information Centre.

Walking the Town Website Walks in and Around Beverley Walk Pocklington booklet

A Month of Outdoor Fun – 31 outdoor activities for children in East Yorkshire

There’s never been a better time for children to enjoy the great outdoors with their families. The festival team have been delighted to connect with local outdoor providers to make parents aware of the range of activities and experiences that are available on their doorstep. We have put together a brand new leaflet jam-packed with ideas to keep your little ones active outdoors. Let your child loose in the great outdoors and watch nature inspire their imagination.

Allow your children the freedom to enjoy energetic play from den building at Danes Dyke Country Park, exploring a cave at North Landing or reaching new heights on a giant trampoline at Beach Cove Adventure Play at Hornsea Freeport. Pick up your ‘Month of Fun’ brochure at either Beverley or Bridlington Tourist Information Centres. Tick off the activities as you enjoy them!

31 Outdoor Activities

A Day Out on the Hornsea Rail Trail and Horse Riding at Woldgate Trekking Centre

Between Hornsea and Burton Constable and horse riding in Hockney country

For those of you who enjoy trying something new, we hope to inspire you to saddle up and enjoy the experience of cycling and horse riding with two videos taken on location at Woldgate Trekking Centre, and a section of the Trans Pennine Trail called the Hornsea Rail Trail from Hornsea to Burton Constable.


Enjoy a mainly off-road cycle experience with your family and friends on the Hornsea to Hull Rail Trail which officially starts on Hornsea seafront. Alternatively, you can park at Hornsea Freeport and hire bikes from Switchback Cycles were you can access the route. There are some excellent places to stop off for a well-earned break on the route.

Hornsea to Hull Rail Trail View cycling video

Horse Riding

Whether you’re a novice or a more competent rider, treat yourself and your family to a horse riding experience. Woldgate Trekking Centre, located just outside Bridlington, offers a series of superb treks along the old Roman road, through woodland and over dales – a location which inspired painter David Hockney to create some of his most memorable work. Woldgate Trekking Centre accommodates both beginners and advanced riders. All treks are escorted by experienced riders, and nervous beginners may be led, if desired.

Horse riding View horse riding video

Ten of the Best Walks from Coast to Country

Showcasing the wonderful landscape and rich heritage of this unique area, the festival team along with local walking enthusiasts have hand-picked a selection of some of the area’s most outstanding walks. East Riding of Yorkshire Council's Walking the Riding website allows you to discover over 250 interesting routes passing through the towns, nature reserves, coastal villages and rolling hills of East Yorkshire.

Alternatively, you can create your own route along the region’s footpaths and bridleways. For the more adventurous, why not start planning a long-distance walking challenge today and conquer one of the area's local-distance walking paths, including the Yorkshire Wolds Way National Trail, The Minster Way and the Chalkland Way to name but a few.

Walking the Riding website Top Ten Trails - The Yorkshire Wolds Way Exploring the Yorkshire Wolds Way video 10 of the Best Walks from Coast to Country

Discover the locations of renowned painter David Hockney’s most celebrated artwork!

Take a scenic road trip through the heart of the stunning Yorkshire Wolds and discover the inspiration behind some of David Hockney’s most celebrated landscapes. East Yorkshire provided the backdrop for a series of paintings that span 50 years of Hockney’s fascination with the area. Take on the whole itinerary, or a few select sites, to discover some of the locations that feature in his vivid paintings, including the famous Arrival of Spring in Woldgate, The Tunnel at Kilham and Bigger Trees Near Warter to name a few! Enjoy tearooms, galleries, stately homes and historic churches on route!

Hockney Trail

Walks Around Stately Homes

Stately homes are more than just a historic house. They have some of the most magnificent gardens and parkland for you to discover. Created by some of the greatest names in English garden design, they are a delight to explore on foot, whether it be a long distance walk, nature trail, or simply enjoying the delights of a walled garden.

Sweeping drives, terraces, groves of trees, herbaceous borders, topiaries and pavilions, deer enclosures, pergolas, walled gardens, mazes, well-manicured lawns and rough parkland - are just some of the delights on offer! All dog-friendly.

Enjoy your walk on a cold winter's day in your bobble hat and gloves or visit on a summer scorcher and find the perfect spot to throw open the picnic rug.

Burton Agnes Hall Burton Constable Sewerby Hall Sledmere

Beverley Beckside Trail

Take a stroll down Beverley Beck at your leisure and complete the Beckside Trail. Learn a little about the history of the Beck as you go and its importance to Beverley’s medieval guilds and crafts.

Children can amuse themselves with our Beckside Trail Quiz - download the questions and answer sheets below, and no peeking at the answers!

Beckside Children's Trail - Question Sheet

Beckside Children's Trail - Answer Sheet

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