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Frost on Wauldby pond/photo by Arnold Underwood/Jan 2003

Walking down Welton Dale/from a photo by Arnold Underwood/Dec 2005

EAST YORKSHIRE - Welton & Wauldby

Walking from Welton (14.5km/9miles)

The gentle hills, tranquil dales & woods, and the picturesque villages along the southern fringe of the Yorkshire Wolds make this ideal walking country. Particularly suitable for a winter walk after a touch of frost.

Fact File

Distance 14.5km/9miles (can be shortened)
Time 4½ hours
Map OS Explorer 294(Market Weighton & Yorkshire Wolds Central)
Start/Parking By Welton village green; SE 958 274
Terrain Field paths, bridle-ways, and minor roads.
nearest Town Hessle
Refreshments Green Dragon Inn at Welton
Toilets none
Public Transport East Yorkshire service 155 (Hull - Goole)
Suitable for everyone.
Stiles 5

Image reproduced with kind permission of Ordnance Survey and Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland.

  1. (Start) Head north away from the Green Dragon alongside the stream passing St Helen’s Church. At the crossroads turned left (SP Beverley) up the hill. Continue straight on past the turn for Beverley over the brow and down towards Elloughton. There are views left across the Humber. At the road junction continue straight ahead through a gate onto a bridleway. on the right

  2. (1.6km, 1mile)An interesting notice on the gate states that this path is a bridleway for 1200m. The path passes a chapel cemetery and climbs gradually towards woodland. Continue on the main path, which swings right up through the woods, eventually to arrive at a kissing gate – it’s here, if you are on horseback, that you must turn back! Through the gate continue along the main path and turn left up steps just before another gate (marked private). The path weaves its way through bushes along the wooded ridge to reach a stile near the top of Spout Hill above Brantingham.

  3. (3.6km, 2¼miles) Turn right up Spout Hill, which levels out to become a green lane along the edge of Long Plantation. Tree trunks restricting access mean that this green lane is slowly recovering from the damage caused by the construction of a new access road parallel with the green lane. The lane merges with a minor road from Elloughton, which is followed down to a road junction. Cross over to continue along the Wolds Way. Being a bridleway, this next stretch can get churned up by horses.steady climb back up the hill.

  4. (7.2km, 4½miles) At a crossing of tracks you can either opt to turn right to Wauldby (point 5), or continue ahead to Nut Wood. Here again there is a choice - you can either, turn right or go straight on, and loop round the perimeter of the wood. Back at the top (SW) corner of Nut Wood follow the track south for ¼mile then turn right towards Little Wauldby Farm. In a further mile you arrive at Wauldby Manor by the pond.

  5. (10.2km, 6½miles) Turn left, along the Wolds Way, and at a gap in the hedge on the right, glance back to see the Manor House possibly also glimpsing the tiny church in the grounds. At a concrete farm road turn right and in 100yds go left into woodland. Follow the broad path down through the woods in to Welton Dale. You leave the grassy dale by a mill pond and walk down a lane past the former mill back into the centre of Welton. (14.5km, 9 miles)

    Along the Way

    Welton is a picturesque village with some fine houses set around the village green, with its stream and pond. At one end of the green stands the attractive church of St. Helen’s whilst at the other is the Green Dragon inn, where it is reputed that Dick Turpin was arrested.
    Wauldby was a chapelry and township until 1866 and a civil parish until 1st April 1935 when it became part of Welton. The settlement has a small lake called Wauldby Dam and a chapel on private land close to Wauldby Manor Farm. Some of the 19th century farm buildings have recently been turned into luxury accommodation.

    Arnold Underwood with Pam Eldred (Sept 2006)

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