Dont take this seriously….because i dont !!

Wolds Way Day 4 – East Heslerton to Filey Brigg (15miles)

I was woken at 6:30am my Mike, who had befriended an owner of a caravan, they duly served up warm drinks and a warm gas fire to get us going. It was with great sadness that Mike had to drop out of the final day because of his ongoing feet problems. It was a decision I knew he had not take lightly as we saw his grit and determination the previous day when he selfishly carried Gill’s rucksack the last 2 miles to the Snooty Fox Inn. Packing away we were treated to a lovely cloud inversion. As we waved goodbye we knew today was going to ultimately lead us to our goal.

We rejoined the trail at Manor Wold Farm and walked along the ridge which gave us great views over Heslerton and Sherburn, it was at this point I realised the full extent of my mistake, we had walked over 40km the previous day !!! No wonder we arrived late. It meant we had an easy day in store covering around 15 miles, so we popped into Sherburn for a snack stop.

We passed Potter Bromton and Ganton before resting at RAF Saxton Wold a small military installation.

Flixton Wold and Camp Dale gave us out last views of the Wolds landscape and it was one I certainly had enjoyed over the last 4 days. A couple of miles outside of Muston we got a glorious view of Filey in the distance, we didn’t take in the view long a rainstorm was quickly upon us and the waterproofs came into play. The rain stopped as we waked into Muston and we popped into a pub for a quick pint.

The last few miles brought us through the seaside town on Filey and reaching the sea front meant we could see our goal in sight. Light was just starting to fade as we approached the stone marker at Filey Brigg which signalled the end of our 80 mile trip. Mike and his partner had come to meet us which was a nice touch as we were all together at the start and end of the walk.

All in all it was a great 4 days. I was not expecting much of the Wolds Way, but I can honestly say I was very surprised at the enjoyment it brought. This is a top trail and certainly a trail everyone should consider doing at some point.

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11 responses

  1. What amazed me was the lack of people on almost all of the YWW, I hardly met anybody at all. Being a National Trail I expected a few others through-hiking it along with plenty of day walkers on many sections.

    I wild camped it all the way – difficult finding spots though.

    April 28, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    • ukmase

      Hi Geoff,

      I checked out your blog when i was planning the Wolds Way – cheers for the info.

      Yes it is often overlooked, to be fair I wasn’t expecting much but i was pleasantly surprised. Plenty to keep you interested each day. Hikers often overlook trails like this chasing the sexier trails like C2C or WHW. Its a shame really as the Wolds Way certainly has its own merits. Its not the longest but do it over a shorter period and you have yourself a challenging walk.

      Any plans for any National Trails this year Geoff ?

      April 28, 2010 at 2:39 pm

  2. I quite fancy some of the National Trails, but I’d be doing them solo and I don’t really want to be away from home for long.
    I just might try Owain Glyndwr, it’s quite close and 135 miles long which is under a week. Not a top-drawer trail but pleasanrt enough and certainly good for escaping the crowds at peak times. Then again, if the forecast indicated a week of decent weather I’d want to head for wilder places!.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:07 pm

  3. ukmase

    I fancy the great glen way in 3 or 4 days. Time is always an isssu for me, so the faster the better 🙂

    April 28, 2010 at 6:43 pm

  4. Dr Jonnie

    Had a bit of spare time today so checked out your blog masey.

    Last year my mate Ken from Liverpool came down to Essex for a walk and we did about half of the St Peter’s way albeit from home in Billericay to Southminster (rail station) It was a 20 mile trog and very enjoyable. Ken said he was really pleasantly surprised about the terrain and scenery, as he expected that Essex was all concreted over.

    We have still got to do the other half from the Ongar end.

    cheers Johnnie

    April 29, 2010 at 11:15 am

    • ukmase

      Thanks for dropping by Dr J, perceptions of areas can often lead to fewer visitors. We all know the merits of the lakes and Snowdonia, but there is often a gem on your own doorstep. The North York Moors is a prime exampl, an amazing place and i never tire of visiting it. Ive always liked the idea of DIY walks, not do as they say, i dont think i have even seen the Wolds Way mentioned in any walking publication.

      April 29, 2010 at 11:55 am

      • Dr Jonnie

        it was a new one on me too but from your write-up it has plenty of merits.

        Whilst on my annual pilgrimage to Moel Famau I usually see the Offa’s Dyke Way signs and have often fancied doing that one day.

        My friend Ken has done the Sandstone trail from Frodsham to Whitchurch in one go. I’ve done a bit of it with him around Beeston and that looks a good one too.

        cheers Johnnie

        April 29, 2010 at 12:17 pm

  5. Lance

    Great blog. I am doing the Wolds way in June. Looking for campsites and pubs that will let me pitch a tent over night. Setting off on a Sunday after 2pm, so the first day will be about 15miles. Have you any info I could use?

    May 7, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    • ukmase

      This is a problem, the first day lacks anywere to camp, thats why we headed for Robeanne House. The other campsite we used were the Wolds Inn, The Snooty Fox and the campsite in Filey.
      You can contact Malcom at the National Trails who can give you advice, his email is m.hodgson@northyorkmoors-npa.gov.uk

      I would also reccomend going onto the national trail website and requesting the free accomdation brochure that they will send to you, it lists all the places in order you pass them on the trail…..very handy.

      Glad you liked the blog

      May 10, 2010 at 12:53 pm

      • Angela

        New landlord at Goodmanham Inn let some walkers we met camp in his beer garden – perfect first day stop! Think he was keen on encouraging walkers and campers into pub – definitely recommend – nice, eccentric little pub, friendly locals in a nice village!

        August 4, 2010 at 1:14 pm

      • ukmase

        Great tip !! Thats what the country needs, more landlords like this 🙂

        August 4, 2010 at 1:39 pm

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