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Yorkshire Wolds Way

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Yorkshire Wolds Way

The Yorkshire Wolds Way National Trail is a just under 80 mile (129 Km) walking route in the chalk landscape of the Yorkshire Wolds. The National Trail wends through some of the most tranquil and gentle countryside in England. From the banks of the mighty Humber estuary, along wooded slopes and through serene dry valleys, the walk climbs gently onto the airy tops of the rolling hills where on a clear day "you can see forever". Descending from the northern escarpment the final section of the Way finishes on the dramatic headland of Filey Brigg.


A first time visit to the Yorkshire Wolds often comes as a surprise. The outstanding quality of the landscape is a truly wonderful discovery. The peace and quiet of the area brings a welcome respite from the pressures of everyday life. This is a very special landscape. Here lies chalk, shaped over millions of years into a combination of hidden and lush green dry chalk valleys and wide open field tops, where the views stretch out for miles and miles.


 Along the way you will discover how the rich layers of countryside are complemented by the heritage of the Yorkshire Wolds, such as the parkland of Londesborough and the deserted medieval village of Wharram Percy. And let’s not forget the wildlife – as in any visit you are almost sure to spot hares on the ground – and red kites in the sky. At the same time don’t miss some of the dramatic artworks from the WANDER – art work along the Yorkshire Wolds Way.  

How long does it take to complete the Yorkshire Wolds Way end to end?

It would be a shame to complete the Yorkshire Wolds Way in less than six days if you are to fully savour the beauty and interest of the route. Plan a leisurely stroll rather than a route march. The official guide book recommends a 5 or 6 day walk. 

How hard is the Yorkshire Wolds Way?

With a few short exceptions there are no ‘serious’ hills along the Yorkshire Wolds Way. This is a gentle, subtle route suitable for almost all abilities.

Which direction should I walk the Yorkshire Wolds Way in?

Most people walk the Yorkshire Wolds Way from Hessle through to Filey, but it is equally good in the other direction and sometimes easier to find accommodation if completing it ‘in reverse’. 

Who can enjoy the Yorkshire Wolds Way National Trail?

The Trail is designed for walkers. Whilst some sections of the route follow bridleways and minor roads there are long sections of footpath for walkers only. 

Taking your dog on the Yorkshire Wolds Way

Your dog is welcome on Yorkshire Wolds Way. There are some stiles and you may pass through areas where sheep may be grazing or ground nesting birds breeding so please ensure you have your dog under control. Cows with calves are very protective and can be aggressive towards dogs. Try to avoid walking close to cows with calves, if you encounter any aggression release your dog, do not try to pick it up.  

What is the best time of year to walk on the Yorkshire Wolds Way?

You can walk the Trail at any time of year. May and September are the most popular months, with fabulous walking weather. If you want a chance to see the vibrant poppy fields you need to come in June and early July. 

Can I buy Yorkshire Wolds Way merchandise?

We sell a range of Yorkshire Wolds Way merchandise including sew on badges, enamel badges, mugs and other merchandise. 

Can I buy a Yorkshire Wolds Way National Trail completion certificate?

Yes, our personalised Yorkshire Wolds Way certificate is a great momento for anyone that has completed the National Trail 

Maps and Guidebooks for the Yorkshire Wolds Way

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Yorkshire Wolds Way Merchandise

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Map of the Yorkshire Wolds Way

What are National Trails?

National Trails offer some of the best long-distance walking, riding and cycling experiences in England and Wales, officially supported by Natural England and Natural Resources Wales. All of the National Trails are within easy reach of buses, trains and the services of nearby towns and villages. In fact nowhere in England or Wales is more than 50 miles / 80km from a National Trail. Each National Trail has dedicated staff, often working with local volunteers, to look after the physical condition of the Trail, keeping paths, gates, stiles and signs in the best condition.

Which trails are National Trails?

The National Trails are: 
  • Cleveland Way
  • Cotswold Way
  • England Coast Path
  • Glyndwr’s Way
  • Hadrian’s Wall Path
  • Norfolk Coast Path and Peddars Way
  • North Downs Way
  • Offa’s Dyke Path
  • Pembrokeshire Coast Path
  • Pennine Bridleway
  • Pennine Way
  • The Ridgeway
  • South Downs Way
  • South West Coast Path
  • Thames Path
  • Yorkshire Wolds Way 

The Coast to Coast is not currently a National Trail but will become one in the next couple of years.

Are there National Trails in Scotland?

In Scotland long-distance routes are called Scotland's Great Trails. There are 29 routes, at least 25 miles in length providing over 1,900 miles of well managed paths from the Borders to the Highlands. Each is distinctively waymarked, largely off road and has a range of visitor services and are are suitable for multi-day outings as well as day trips.


Scotland's Great Trails are:


  • Annandale Way
  • Arran Coastal Way
  • Ayrshire Coastal Path
  • Berwickshire Coastal Path
  • Borders Abbeys Way
  • Cateran Trail
  • Clyde Walkway
  • Cross Borders Drove Road
  • Dava Way
  • Fife Coastal Path
  • Formartine and Buchan Way
  • Forth & Clyde/Union Canal Towpath
  • Great Glen Canoe Trail
  • Great Glen Way
  • Great Trossachs Path
  • John Muir Way
  • Kintyre Way
  • Loch Lomond & Cowal Way
  • Moray Coast Trail
  • Mull of Galloway Trail
  • River Ayr Way
  • Rob Roy Way
  • Romans and Reivers Route
  • Southern Upland Way
  • Speyside Way
  • St Cuthbert’s Way
  • Three Lochs Way
  • West Highland Way
  • West Island Way