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.