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Millington Dale from above Warren Farm/photo by Arnold Underwood/1997

Looking across the Wolds/from a photo by Stuart Kemp

EAST YORKSHIRE - Millington

'Millington to Givendale'

A pleasant walk following part of the Wolds Way on the edge of the Yorkshire Wolds. Interesting features include an attractive village, two churches, and a nature reserve.

Fact File

Distance 12km (7 miles)
Time 3 hours
Map OS Explorer 294 (Market Weighton & Yorkshire Wolds Central)
Start/Parking On grass verge opposite Millington church
Terrain Undulating field paths and bridleways
nearest Town Pocklington
Refreshments Tea-room and The Gait Inn at Millington
Toilets none
Public Transport none convenient.
Suitable for all (with dogs on leads through farmland)
Stiles 8

  1. (Start) Walk down into the village from the church and go left signed the Minster Way. Cross a footbridge and climb the hillside to join a farm track. Continue upwards and when the track turns left continue straight on up crossing stiles to join the Wolds Way at the top.

  2. (2km, 1 miles) Turn left passing above Warren Farm, and walk along the field sides. Cross a stile and descend steeply to the valley floor. Here you leave the Wolds Way and follow a rutted track to a ford and footbridge across Millington Beck. Cross the road and go through a gate to climb steadily out of the Dale onto Millington Heights. Pass through gates to reach a lane by a farmhouse and continue up to a road

  3. (3.25km, 2 miles) Turn left and walk down the road for about mile. At a bridleway sign turn right and walk down the field side to a gate opening onto pastures above Whitekeld Dale. Descend the steep hillside to a bridge over a stream. Follow the track through the dale with a stream to your left and woodland above. The woodland is reserved for wildlife as are the small ponds in the valley. After rounding a corner of woodland the tiny church at Givendale comes into view. This is an ideal spot for a break.

  4. (4.75km, 3 miles) Leave the churchyard and walk up the road for about mile. At the footpath sign turn right and walk through woodland to a stile. Cross and walk down the field side. Walk down and round the field boundary and back up to a stile and footbridge. Cross and continue along the bottom edge of the field by Grimthorpe Wood. Look out for a yellow waymark indicating where to turn into the wood. Follow the narrow path as it twists and turns through the wood an down to a stile. Head straight across a large field, usually occupied by cattle, aiming for Pocklington Church which is visible in the distance. This leads you unerringly to a stile onto a lane

  5. (6.25km, 4 miles) Turn left towards Ousethorpe Farm and at the road junction go right towards Pocklington for about 50 yards. Cross a stile on the left and head diagonally back across a field to a footbridge over a beck. After crossing two more stiles you join a lane to Mill Farm, but just before the house turn left up a bank and across a field to a copse. The path follows a field boundary towards a green metal gate on the driveway leading to Clay Farm. Turn left along the drive to the road, and there turn right and return to Millington.

St. Ethelburga's Church in Autumn/from a photo by Arnold Underwood/Nov 2006

Along the Way

Millington Pastures - An undulating stroll from one of the most delightful villages in the heart of the Yorkshire Wolds. The Gait Inn at Millington gets its name from the days when the vaste open sheepwalks were enclosed. Millington Pasture was shared between the local people, with each share being a 'gait' - enough grazing for six sheep.
The tiny St Ethelburga's church in Givendale is situated in a delightful setting, overlooking ponds and surrounded by broad-leaved woodland.In early spring, snowdrops and celandines add to the scene.

Arnold Underwood (May 2002, Revisited Nov 2006, with Pam Eldred)

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Arnold Underwood

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