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Huggate/Photo by Arnold Underwood/Jan 2002

Walkers on the Wolds near Huggate/from a photo by Arnold Underwood/Feb 1999

EAST YORKSHIRE - Huggate

As featured in the June 2007 issue of Country Walking Magazine

A circuit from the highest village on the Wolds

This is an ideal winter walk on the Wolds using grassy dales, bridleways and farm roads to the south of Huggate. The route crosses numerous minor roads, all of which provide alternative ways back to Huggate should the need arise. End your day with a hot beef sandwich at the Wolds Inn

Fact File

Distance 13.5km (8½miles)
Time 3½ hours
Map OS Explorer 294 (Market Weighton & Yorkshire Wolds Central)
Start/Parking Park tidily by the green in Huggate, or at the Wolds Inn with permission Grid Ref: SE 882550
Terrain Field paths, bridleways & minor roads. Can be muddy in places
Grade ** (easy)
nearest Town Pocklington
Refreshments Wolds Inn, Huggate
Toilets none
Public Transport limited shoppers service from Pocklington (Tuesdays only)
Suitable for for everyone.
Stiles 5

  1. (Start) Set off through the village, passing the green and St Mary’s church, with its spire. Go down the lane past the turn for Glebe Farm and look out for a stile on the right.
    Access Land Symbol Cross this stile and head down into Cow Dale. At a junction of dales cross a stile, then a little further cross another, to the right of a large tree. This takes you into Oxlands Dale with its wooded slopes.

  2. (2.4km, 1½ miles) Walk up the valley, climbing steadily round into Shortlands Dale and up to a copse by Foxcovert Farm. Turn right along the farm track to reach a minor road. Cross slightly left to follow a field-side path (SP) past some trees. The path keeps to the field-side, swinging east along a ridge. In summer this rolling landscape will be one expanse of golden corn. After about 1km (¾ mile) you come to a tarmac farm road climbing out of Aunhamdale.

  3. (4.8km, 3miles) Turn right and walk down this track to meet the Tibthorpe road at Freshlands. Cross straight over and continue due south along a grassy field edge path. After passing a belt of woodland you come to a T-junction with a broad green lane. This is the Harwold Bridle Road. Turn right and walk along this bridleway for about 400m, where you bear left down another green lane between hedgerows. This brings you down to the South Dalton road.

  4. (7.0km, 4¼ miles) Cross straight over to join a concrete farm road. You can now stride out down this road, passing the remaining barns of what was once Tithe Top Farm. At a crossing of tracks turn right (SP Minster Way) and pass a barn and a dewpond before arriving at a junction with another farm road. Turn right past a small copse down to the barns and white house at Blanche Farm. Continue past the farm to meet the South Dalton road again.

  5. (10.5km, 6½ miles) Turn left and walk along the road, towards Huggate, for about 400m. Then bear left again (SP Minster Way) rejoining the Hawold Bridle Road. As you stride along this green lane (at about 160m above sea level) there are extensive views south across the Wolds. After 2km (about 1½ miles) the lane dips down to a metal gate and another road. Turn right here and walk along this road back into Huggate. (13km, 8½miles)


    Along the Way

    Huggate is the highest village on the Yorkshire Wolds at 170m (550ft) above sea level. On the village green there is a well, which at 365ft, is said to be one of the deepest in England. Unusually for the Wolds there is also a pond, situated on a bed of clay overlying the chalk. Today’s walkers and riders have much to thank the Enclosure Act of 1795 for, which stated that the Hawold Bridle Road should be a ‘bridleway for all time’.

    Arnold Underwood & Denise Middleton (Dec 2004)

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