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Snow in Lavender Dale, near Blanch Farm/photo by Arnold Underwood/Jan 2004

Walking down Great Dugdale/from a photo by Arnold Underwood/March 2006

EAST YORKSHIRE - Winter on the Wolds

A Walk from Warter

An ideal walk for winter that follows grassy paths and farm roads up onto the Wolds with wide ranging views across the rolling landscape of the Yorkshire Wolds.

Red Kite Country

Fact File

Distance 13km/8 miles
Time 3½ hours
Grade * easy
Map OS Explorer 294(Market Weighton & Yorkshire Wolds Central)
Start/Parking Small lay-by next to the pond in Warter (Grid. Ref: SE 872 504). Also small car park in the village by the school: 869 503)
Terrain Field paths, bridle-ways, and minor roads.Access Land Symbol
nearest Town Pocklington
Refreshments none (nearest - The Wolds Inn at Huggate)
Toilets none
Public Transport East Yorkshire buses via drastically cut from May 2017 - just one bus 45A each way early morning/evening. 199 'Shoppers Bus' to Pocklington (Tues only), None convenient for walkers. No Sunday buses
Suitable for everyone.
Stiles 2 (0)

  1. (Start) From the pond in Warter turn immediately left up the minor road towards Huggate. Follow this road for about 800m (½mile) to where it turns left. Here continue straight along a bridleway with a dale down to your right. At the field corner turn left as indicated and continue along the field side to another way-mark at the next corner. Here turn acutely right to follow the grassy bridleway gradually down hill passing belts of woodland. Round the corner of the wood go through the righthand metal gate and walk down the field side to the edge of Lavender Dale.

  2. (3.2km, 2 miles) Go through gate and straight down the steep bank to the dale floor.
    Access Land Symbol(Access Land - it is now possible to walk along the dale floor, through a new metal gate, bearing right at a water tank up to the gate at the head of the dale)
    Otherwise, continue up the opposite side of the valley to encounter a track. Turn left to follow this track which heads diagonally up the hillside to the top of the valley side. Walk along the top with panoramic views up and down the dry valley. Continue forward through another gate, keeping just below the hawthorn bushes.
    At the end of the dale turn right through a gate at the field corner to follow the field side to a belt of woodland. Turn sharp left alongside then through the wood to arrive at the barns of Blanch Farm. Continue left past the barns to a footpath sign by the farm road opposite the farmhouse.

  3. (4.8km, 3 miles) Turn right (due south) following the Minster Way along the concrete road, which heads up over a gentle rise. Just past a small wood the road and Minster way turn left. Here continue straight on (footpath) along a stony farm track to arrive at the B1246 road. Cross with care, as traffic is fast along this straight road. The way continues as a grassy path along the edge of fields reaching a minor road at the end of a plantation. Cross the road and continue through the gate opposite along the field side towards the next belt of trees. Turn right here (Waymark) and walk by the trees to reach another gate and another minor road at a bend.

  4. (9.6km, 6 miles) Continue forward along the road for about 100m (100yds) to a footpath sign on the right.
    Follow this path down the edge of the field and round the corner.Access Land Symbol(Access Land: Here it is now possible to go through a new metal gate on the left into Great Dugdale, and walk down the length of this green valley to the main road) Otherwise, continuing along the top by the fence, the valley of Great Dugdale gets ever deeper down to your left. Your gradual descent along the top of the dale leads to a stile into Townend Wood. The path now descends quite steeply through the trees (care needed) before swinging right and dropping more gently down to a stile and the main road.
    Turn left, and walk along the road back to Warter. Again take care - face and make yourself visible to oncoming traffic and walk on the verge wherever possible.

    Along the Way

    Warter is a small estate village nestling in a wooded hollow on the edge of the Yorkshire Wolds. Bordering the village green are picturesque cottages, some being thatched. The church with its slender spire, on a hill beyond the pond, stands next to the site of an Augustinian Priory.
    In Great Dugdale just down from the access gate, notice the large boulder perched on the top of the valley side (a glacial erratic?)- investigate more closely if you wish.

    Arnold Underwood & Caroline Gowthorpe (Jan 2004), Revised March 2006, May 2017

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