Wold Meadow Glamping is in the heart of the Yorkshire Wolds with stunning walks on the doorstep. May and June are perfect months to dust off the walking boots, check the laces are in good working order and get out into the great outdoors! Here we select ten great walks in the Yorkshire Wolds area, capturing the beauty of this lovely part of Yorkshire.

Merry Months of Meandering!

May is National Walking Month, and June includes the Summer Solstice, bringing us the longest hours of daylight of the year. Book your yurt with us, bring your walking gear, ensure you are prepared with food and drinks, compass and maps and let’s get hiking!

Wonderful Walks

We’ve researched some short and longer trails for this blog. Why not let us know if you find more to add to the list?

1.Yorkshire Wolds Way National Trail. A long-distance walk (some 79-miles) from the shores of the Humber to Filey and lots in-between. This stunning walk is much loved by walkers of all abilities. Dedicated ramblers often tackle this in smaller sections. This trail celebrated its 40th birthday in 2022 and you can join this at Flixton Wold and plan your route here: https://www.nationaltrail.co.uk/en_GB/short-routes/yorkshire-wolds-way-2/

2.Cleveland Way National Trail. Another gorgeous long-distance walk which can be joined at Filey, just a twenty-minute drive from Wold Meadow. It is a longer route of 110 miles and follows the Yorkshire Coast before heading inland. The bit we love to do is the stretch between Filey and Scarborough, which is about 8 miles long. Check buses for getting back unless you want to it all again in reverse! https://www.nationaltrail.co.uk/en_GB/trails/cleveland-way/trail-information/

3.Market Weighton is a lovely market town approximately 40-minutes’ drive from here. It has a town trail which includes St Helen’s Well, which has become a place of pilgrimage. http://providerfiles.thedms.co.uk/eandamedia/YS/2170245_1003.pdf

4.Hunmanby Circular Walk – this 3-hour walk (about ten miles) and you need good footwear for this one. You also get to follow part of the Centenary Way and will take in parts of the Yorkshire Coast. http://www.gps-routes.co.uk/routes/home.nsf/RoutesLinksWalks/hunmanby-circular-walk-walking-route#

5.Settrington Circular Walk – this lovely village, not far from the A64, includes woods, a church and stunning treelined views. This is ten miles in long and is suitable for experienced walkers. This gorgeous village is a half hour drive from Wold Newton and you can find out more here: https://www.happyhiker.co.uk/MyWalks/EastYorkshire/SettringtonCircular/Hiking%20Pages%20-%20Settrington%20Circular.htm

6.The Minster Way – as its name suggests, the Minster Way links the two famous Minsters – Beverley and York – crossing the chalk hills of the Wolds. This is a 50-miles walk and can be tackled in shorter stints. It is a linear route so make sure you have access to transport for your safe return. You could start the route in Beverley, about a 40-minute drive from here or join the route at Stamford Bridge near York. https://ldwa.org.uk/ldp/members/show_path.php?path_name=Minster+Way

7.Wetwang and Tatton Sykes Tower. Perhaps one of the most unusual village names, Wetwang is about 20 minutes’ drive from here. This walk is just a nice distance of 7 miles in total, starting by the village pond in Wetwang and taking in the Tatton Sykes Tower and an old drover’s road. The Tower is in Garton and is sometimes called the Sir Tatton Sykes Monument. https://www.greatbritishlife.co.uk/things-to-do/walks/yorkshire-wolds-walk-wetwang-and-tatton-sykes-tower-6383036

8.Huggate and the Poetry Bench. This walk is a short one at just over three and half miles. Yet it is worth the drive to Huggate to see the Poetry Bench and the three dry valleys of Horse Dale, Holm Dale and Harper Dale. The Poetry Bench is part of the Secret Art project and is one of six such benches to be found in the Wolds. Huggate is about 40 minutes’ drive from here. https://www.top10trails.com/yorkshire-wolds-way/5

9.Wharram Percy is a half hour drive from here is one of the most famous examples of a deserted Medieval village in the country. The Wharram le Street and Wharram Percy loop is approximately 5 miles and takes in this famous landmark. The village was abandoned in about 1500 after flourishing between the 12th and 14th Centuries. https://www.alltrails.com/trail/england/north-yorkshire/wharram-le-street-and-wharram-percy

10.Wintringham  ‘Climb’. Drive to the village of Wintringham and explore this lovely part of the Wolds. The short, sharp walk includes a sculpture and amazing views. https://www.top10trails.com/yorkshire-wolds-way/9

If we’ve inspired you to tackle some trails, that’s great news! However, you need to be prepared, particularly if you’re new to walking. It is always best to build up the distances and your stamina. This is much more enjoyable than tackling a long-distance walk and falling by the wayside.

Remember the following eight excellent points for successful sauntering.

  • Navigation: good maps, an ability to read them and a working compass are essential. If you’re relying on your phone for help, be sure it is fully charged and bring a spare battery charger.
  • Extra layers: the weather can change quickly out in the great outdoors. Better to be prepared.
  • First aid kit: mini kits can be purchased in most pharmacies. Don’t forget sunblock and insect repellent, too!
  • Food and drink: walking can use lots of energy. As well as pack lunch, consider flapjack, nuts, seeds and of course, hydrating water.
  • Torch: always handy to pack a torch, even though your phone might have a spotlight.
  • Spare socks and laces: it may sound obvious, but you’d be amazed how many times you’ll need these!
  • Coats, hats: dressing appropriately is essential, and this should include a waterproof jacket suitable for the season, and if you can afford them, waterproof trousers are a real asset.
  • Let someone know: always tell someone where you’re going.

There are so many lovely trails in the Yorkshire Wolds, we’ve only just skimmed the surface here. We’ve not mentioned Thixendale or Fridaythorpe, Driffield or Pocklington yet. Of course, you could just stay in your lovely Yurt and relax. Walking gets you out and about, keep your fitness levels up, and gives you a huge sense of wellbeing. You get to see the landscape up close and personal too.

And what better way to work up an appetite and a good night’s sleep in your glamping yurt? Book your glamping break today!