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Yorkshire Wold Way – Day 1 Hessle to Market Weighton (24 miles)

We woke early and were on the trail for 8am thanks to a local minibus driver who recanted us with tales of jumpers off the Humber Bridge. It was a breezy and brisk morning but the forecasted rain was never to arrive. After taking some snaps at the stone sculpture commemorating the Wolds Way we headed off along the river Humber. We had to take the high water alternative which took us over Ferriby railway station, careful navigation is needed here as it is easy to get lost on this route. After crossing the busy A63 we passed through the village of Welton, famous for the notorious highwayman Dick Turpin. Welton Dale signalled the start of the grassy dales and Wolds which would follow this route, unfortunately some ongoing construction works had turned the first half a mile of the dale into a mud bath which we quickly passed. We stopped for lunch at St Helens Church and it was around this time Mike gained his first blister which popped with a bang. For those who know Mike this was expected as his forum nickname is Mr Blister, we joked about him gaining sponsorship from Compeed blister patches and chilled out in the sun.

After lunch we pushed onto Brantingham and reached our first official Wold the uniquely named Brantingham Wold. We had a long day in store so we marched on past South Cave knowing that we had plenty of miles to go before decking off the trail at Market Weighton. We passed Little Wolds Plantation, High Hunsley Beacon, Swin Dale and took the alternative route which headed left along the old railway track bed which took us into Market Weighton. I phoned ahead to our campsite for the night at Robeanne House and the lovely Jeanne offered to pick us up at Market Weighton saving our legs along the last mile to Shiptonthrope.

We pitched out tents in the garden s of Robeanne House and a hearty meal was waiting for us on the table when we sat down .  We tucked into lasagne and macaroni cheese washed down with red wine and cold lager. Today was a long day mileage wise and we all felt it but we all felt happy we had knocked off a large part of the walk.

Campsite – Robeanne House (£5 per person)

Hot showers, good pitches in the grounds of the bed/breakfast. We felt very welcomed by the owners who went out of their way to make us happy.  The evening meal (£8) was a perfect way to end a long day. Breakfast (£5) was a full English with several other options and the pack lunch (£5) was more than enough to keep a person going on the trail.

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11 responses

  1. Looks like a long walk! Still maintain would be easier on bike 😉

    April 7, 2010 at 10:03 am

  2. ukmase

    There were a few bikes on the trail, a lot of the trail is bridleways. Anything over 20 miles certainly makes your feet feel it !!

    April 7, 2010 at 12:37 pm

  3. Dazz

    The Yorks Wolds never ceas to amaze me, the concept of walking on a 800ft plateau with deep dry valleys is amazing. Im glad they are not that well known, and long maythey remain that way. CROW act has made them more accessible, as there are not that many public footpaths.
    If you want a different day out go and explore!

    April 12, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    • ukmase

      Its an area i will certainly be going back to. Cheers Dazz

      April 12, 2010 at 8:52 pm

  4. Paul

    So it only took One Day, or day two stuck??? 😉

    April 16, 2010 at 10:59 am

    • ukmase

      Its on its way. Busy lad at the moment.

      April 17, 2010 at 7:33 pm

  5. Iain Barker

    Good effort! I look forward to reading the rest of it.
    I’ve done this walk twice. Next year i’m doing it in reverse; Filey to Hessle. Absolutely brilliant part of the country.

    June 4, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    • ukmase

      I agree a brilliant area for a long distance walk. Good luck next year

      June 4, 2010 at 6:57 pm

  6. Stephen Nixon

    The Wolds Way was my first Continous long distance trail done over four days with two companions all of us being senior citizens.
    Your blog is excellent I wish I had read it before we set off!
    I have done bits of the PW and WHW but this was certainly an hidden gem as far as I was concerned. We were fortunate in being picked up each night and taken to our “billet” in Hessle. The final day which was the Sherburn to Filey leg was completed by leaving our car at Sherburn in the morning and taking the Coastliner bus from Filey at 6.15. As senior citizens this came free with our bus passes but it meant as we started about 10 that we had a couple of hours to enjoy a paddle in Filey.
    The end of June with the lovely weather we had was certainly, I would imagine, the best time for anyone with limited long distance walking experiance. The fields with their ripening crops and the lovely poppies were brilliant and this West Riding Old fart will be returning to do a few circulars in the area before too long, God willing.

    July 5, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    • ukmase

      I remember walking past the ploughed fields and wondering just how great it would look in the summer time. Glad you liked the blog Stephen, i am guessing you found it through the national trail website.

      July 5, 2010 at 6:16 pm


    I agree that June is a cracking time to do this walk.
    The profusion of smells from all the plants is stunning. You’ll never be alone on the Pennine Way but on the Wolds Way you can feel like the only man on the planet at times!

    July 6, 2010 at 4:13 pm

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