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Walking East Yorkshire

Walking is a great way to enjoy the great outdoors.

Whether exploring the countryside or coastline, East Yorkshire has been blessed with some outstanding scenery for all to enjoy. Explore a short family trail - or for the more adventurous there are a number of long-distance paths that run across the transforming landscape of the Yorkshire Wolds and beyond. Walk with nature at one of our local nature reserves or country parks dotted around the East Riding.

Our town trails are rich in heritage and culture - they allow you to admire the architecture and learn more about the fascinating history and the stories behind the buildings. Step back in time with the 'What Was Here' app and explore historic images on your route.

Top-quality walks in the East Riding:

The Centenary Way (83 miles)

The Centenary Way is a splendid 83 miles walk that starts at Filey Brigg on the Yorkshire Coast, and passes through the Yorkshire Wolds and the Howardian Hills, before finishing in the historic city of York. It was opened in 1989 to mark the centenary of the governance by county councils.

From the elegant coastal resort of Filey, the route takes you past Wharram Percy (and the remains of a fascinating medieval village which dates from the 10th Century) to Malton.

Following the River Derwent, the trail passes Kirkham Priory (Augustinian ruins) and then past Castle Howard. This is a magnificent 18th Century residence set within 1,000 acres of breath-taking landscape in the Howardian Hills.

The Centenary Way then continues towards Sheriff Hutton and its 12th Century ruined castle and Grade I listed building, before following the River Foss into York.

The Centenary Way

The Yorkshire Wolds Way (79 miles)

The Yorkshire Wolds Way is a 79 mile (127km) walking route in the chalk landscape of the beautiful Yorkshire Wolds. It is one of 15 National Trails in England and Wales.

The trail wends through some of the most tranquil and gentle countryside in England. The Yorkshire Wolds form a ridge of low, rolling hills that stretch in a crescent from the cliffs at Flamborough Head and Bempton, north of Bridlington, to the Humber Estuary at Hessle, and are the most northerly outcrop of chalk in England. The highest point is Garrowby Hill (about 250m above sea level).

The walk begins on Hessle foreshore along the banks of the mighty Humber estuary and passing under the majestic Humber Bridge - once the longest single-span bridge structure in the world! Turning inland the trail takes you along wooded slopes and through serene dry valleys climbing gently onto the airy tops of the rolling hills where on a clear day 'you can see forever'.

The trail passes interesting villages, beautiful Norman churches, disused railway lines, a Buddhist centre and a deserted medieval village before descending from the northern escarpment. The final section of the Way finishes on the dramatic headland of Filey Brigg, where you can finally kick off your boots at the sculpture that marks the finish of the route.

If you fancy enhancing this challenge a little further - hop off at Filey and onto the 109 mile Cleveland Way, which takes you up the spectacular North Yorkshire Coast and inland across the North York Moors to Helmsley.

The Yorkshire Wolds Way

The Cleveland Way

If its short walks for a few hours or a day that you enjoy, then the Yorkshire Wolds Way Website has great ‘Try a Trail’ walks that you can print off, with maps and directions. You will also find more Yorkshire Wolds Way walks on the Top Ten Experiences website:

Top 10 Trails

Look out for the WANDER project along the 79 miles trail. WANDER encompassing a series of evocative public art installations designed to complement the landscape in a variety of beautiful and unusual settings.

Wander Project Site Locations

The Wilberforce Way (60 miles)

The Wilberforce Way runs for 60 miles between the port of Hull and the medieval city of York.

It was devised to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the abolition of slavery in Great Britain, and in memory of Hull’s Willian Wilberforce the slave abolitionist.

Walkers start at The Deep aquarium, on the River Humber in Hull, and head north along the River Hull to Beverley, with its magnificent Minster. You then head west along a dismantled railway to Market Weighton and then onto Pocklington, where Wilberforce went to school. A waterside section along the Pocklington canal then takes you to Elvington before the final section from Wheldrake to York. This section passes the University of York before joining the River Ouse and finishing at York Minster.

The walk is waymarked with a black and white disc. The route, described by John Eckersley in his book ‘Wilberforce Way’, includes important features of interest along the way, and several loop walks which may be undertaken separately from the main route.

The Wilberforce Way

The Minster Way (50 miles)

The Minster Way is a splendid 50 mile route that links the two famous medieval minsters of York and Beverley, crossing farmland and the chalk hills of the Yorkshire Wolds.

Starting from York Minster, the route heads along the old streets of York and along the banks of the River Ouse to Fulford. The trail continues past the edge of Elvington Airfield with its air museum, to Kexby and Stamford Bridge, the site of a bloody battle between Saxons and Vikings - the last Saxon victory before losing to the Duke of Normandy, better known as William the Conqueror.

After Stamford Bridge, the route travels through the villages of Full Sutton, Youlthorpe before reaching the start of the Wolds at Bishop Wilton. The crossing of the Yorkshire Wolds from west to east is attractive and has some steep ascents and descents, passing through Great Givendale, Millington, and Huggate before the descent to North Dalton.

The Minster Way continues through the villages of Bainton, Lockington, Scorborough and Arram (all names revealing Saxon origins). The final part of the walk leads into the attractive town of Beverley where the journey ends at the stunning Beverley Minster.

The Minster Way

The Wold Ranger Way 43 miles (Ranger to Rangers)

The Wold Rangers Way 43 miles (Ranger to Rangers) is a challenging, circular trail which winds its way 43 miles over the Yorkshire Wolds, through amazing chalk landscapes with dry valleys with stunning wildlife alongside vibrant market towns and ancient Wolds villages.

It also captures the unique history of the Wold Rangers, and ensures that their names and stories live on forever.

Challenge yourself to the full 43 mile trail or of the Wold Ranger Way or one of the shorter ‘Trods’ with Croom Mable (2.5 miles), Horse Hair Jack (9 miles), Ginger Joe (13 miles), Dog Geordie (17 Miles) or Mad Halifax (22 miles).

Wold Rangers Way (Ranger to Rangers) website

The Chalkland Way (40 miles)

The Chalkland Way is a 40-mile circular walking route on the beautiful Yorkshire Wolds, Britain's most northerly chalk outcrop.

Using a number of existing paths (namely the Wolds Way and Minster Way) and a couple of road sections it links together the villages of Great Givendale, Bishop Wilton, Bugthorpe, Thixendale, Fimber, Wetwang and Huggate.

The walk starts in the pleasant market town of Pocklington with its Burnby Hall Gardens before taking you in a northeasterly direction towards Kilnwick Percy and Grimthorpe Wood. The walk takes in dramatic views over the extremely flat Vale of York, pretty Saxon churches, dew ponds and the chalky Burdale Quarry.

The Chalkland Way

The High Hunsley Circuit (25.5 miles)

The High Hunsley Circuit is a 25.5 mile circular walk devised by the late Dennis Parker, former Chairman of the Beverley Group of the Ramblers' Association.

The route is easy to follow. From Walkington to Welton Wold Farm it incorporates a part of the route of the Beverley 20 walk (waymarked B20). The section from Brantingham to Hessleskew follows part of the Yorkshire Wolds Way, waymarked with its distinctive acorn symbol. The route can be walked as a challenging route in a single day, or can be divided into two or three linear sections.

It can be started at any point and walked in either direction. Short detours can be made to a number of attractive nearby villages.

The High Hunsley Circuit

The Headland Way (20 miles)

The Headland Way is a 20 mile route which runs from Filey to Bridlington.

The walk starts at the pretty seaside town of Filey walking along the sandy beach and ascending to the rugged cliff tops and along to RSBP reserve at Bempton Cliffs - a high-rise home to millions of nesting seabirds.

Stop and read the information boards and enjoy a well-earned break at the café before setting off along the dramatic coastline of Thornwick Bay, riddled with caves and cracks which testify to the eroding power of the waves.

Eventually, the path reaches North Landing with its chalky white cliffs and sandy beach where generations of fishermen have launched their cobles.

From North Landing, the trail continues along the cliff top to the tip of the headland where Flamborough Lighthouse stands guard keeping ships from the dangerous rocks 170ft below.

A little further afield inland you can see the old octagonal-shaped lighthouse which might equally be described as a folly and the oldest surviving lighthouse in England.

The coastal path continues until you reach the wooded area of South Landing where you descend and can visit the Living Seas Centre and RNLI shop on the beach before climbing steps back to the cliff tops and entering Danes Dyke nature reserve.

After leaving Danes Dyke the view opens up as you pass the perimeter of Sewerby Hall and Gardens and along the path to experience magnificent views of the majestic seaside town of Bridlington.

The Headland Way

The Beverley 20 (20 miles)

The Beverley '20' is a 20-mile walking route devised by Glen Hood of the Ramblers' Association that links the Humber Bridge with Beverley Minster.

The walk is linear in nature and marked with orange waymarkers as it makes its way along the Humber Foreshore, through woodlands, valleys, and fields that make up the south of the Yorkshire Wolds.

Starting at the Humber Bridge and following the Humber before heading north across the Wolds, through the parkland at Risby to Skidby Mill and finally across Beverley Westwood.

The Beverley 20

The Howden 20 (20 miles)

The Howden '20' is a challenge walk which begins in the market town of Howden, visits Howdendyke before following the bank of the River Ouse past Boothferry before heading north to Asselby. The walk continues by fields and close to the River Derwent to Wressle and continues to Breighton and then fringes the south of Bubwith. Afterward, the walk continues on lanes and across farmland to Willitoft, Spaldington and Brind before finishing back in Howden.

The Howden '20' was devised by members of the Goole and District Rambling Club. You can collect a badge and certificate when you complete the walk.

The Howden 20

The Pilgrimage of Grace Heritage Walk (8.5 miles)

The Pilgrimage of Grace heritage walk is an 8¼ mile linear walk through outstanding landscapes between Warter and Pocklington.

It celebrates the important role that this part of Yorkshire played in the Pilgrimage of Grace, a rebellion against Henry VIII in Yorkshire in 1536.

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Love to walk? Discover walking routes across Yorkshire

Yorkshire is a destination known for some of the most beautiful countryside and coastal walks on the planet. Choose from walks around towns and cities, in groups or for individuals, for families and colleagues and the physical and mental health benefits of walking as both a recreational activity and whilst at work.

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 Ten of the Best – Coast and CountryExploring the Yorkshire Wolds Way video

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