We offer two itineraries on the Yorkshire Wolds Way which are detailed on the right. Below is a brief description of the trail, broken down into the sections which make up the day by day itineraries.
You can reach Hessle easily by public transport. Trains go from Hull, Leeds and Sheffield and a local bus runs between Filey and Hessle. See the travel section for more detailed information.
Stage 1: Hessle to South Cave
As you leave the town of Hessle, the incredible Humber Bridge comes into view. Its size and architecture (once the world’s largest single span bridge) are impressive on the eye. Heading North you soon leave the pace of city life behind and enter the vast Yorkshire countryside. The ‘chalk hills’ of the Yorkshire Wolds follow and there are many quaint little villages such as Welton and Brantingham were you can come off the path and explore before finally ending up in the village of South Cave .
Stage 2: South Cave to londesborough
The walk heads through rolling fields with some breath-taking scenery. The walk becomes more remote in this section and you pass a couple of small villages which are perfect for a lunch stop en-route. As you enter Londesborough prepare your cameras for the fantastic dry valleys which are one of the gems of the Wolds.
Stage 3: Londesborough to Fridaythorpe
This section of the walk climbs higher and can be a slightly more strenuous day but provides some fantastic views down over the Wolds Way. You then climb gradually to reach Fridaythorpe (the half way point of the walk) and If you are making good time you might even wish to head off the path slightly and into Kilnwick Percy. Here you will find Madyamaka Bhuddist Centre which is a tranquil stop .
Stage 4: Fridaythorpe to North Grimston
You are right in the heart of the Wolds on this section. Prepare for open landscapes and quiet surroundings. If you have time, the medieval deserted village of Wharram Percy is worth a visit—it dates back as far as the iron age. Just after Wharram Percy you will pass by the village of Wharram Le Street before finally reaching North Grimston.
Stage 5: North Grimston to Ganton
As you leave North Grimston you pass Wintringham, a small village with a large parish church. At this stage of the walk there are many farm tracks and gentle woodland walks as you pass by West and East Heslerton and down into Sherburn and finally Ganton.
Stage 6: Ganton to Filey
This stage of the walk descends down through the small village of Muston and finally into the seaside town of Filey. There is only one steep climb at this stage of the walk and this can be found at the military installation of Staxton. You will end the walk in Filey a lovely little fishing town with plenty of facilities. Onward Travel There are frequent trains from Filey via York to the rest of the UK. If you need to retrieve your car form Hessle then you can catch the bus from Filey to Hull.
The Yorkshire Wolds Way is way marked with either Yorkshire Wolds Way or Wolds Way signage as well as the acorn sign. These can be found at most junctions with other paths or roads. Please use the guide book for guidance and be aware at intersections.
One of the highlights of this tour is the high standard of the accommodation. We specifically choose the hotels, inns, guesthouses and B&B’s to ensure that you enjoy every minute of your stay. They all offer a warm welcome to walkers, traditional hospitality and delicious local food.
Due to the fact that the Yorkshire Wolds Way is in a very remote area accommodation can be quite scarce along the Way therefore some of the accommodations might be located further from the path meaning that pick-ups will be required.
If you require single rooms within your party we will always try and accommodate you subject to availability. A single supplement is payable.
This walking holiday is available to solo walkers but as we incur additional baggage transfer costs their is a solo walker supplement payable.
A hearty breakfast is included each morning. Lunch and dinner are not included. Most of your accommodation will be more than happy to provide a packed lunch on request. Dinner is available either at your accommodation or at nearby pubs or restaurants.
Daily door to door baggage transfer is included in the cost of your holiday. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 17kg per person.
Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes and a day pack.
Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate walkers with dogs as many of the accommodation providers do not accept pets.
There is a great wealth of information on the National Trail Website and this also has up to date diversions so it is worth a look before you set off on your walk.
Our itineraries and guide book are written from South to North although the itineraries can be reversed if necessary.
Additional Nights and Extensions
Many of our clients choose to add extra nights along the walk to sample more of the wonderful walking and attractions available on the Yorkshire Wolds Way. We would suggest having an extra night in the lovely village of South Cave or Fridaythorpe which offer slightly more facilities than other spots. We can also reduce the number of nights to suit your personal requirements.
Ganton Greyhound - Ganton
accommodation offers a range of rooms, all with ensuite bathrooms, colour televisions, centrally heated, tea and coffee making facilities, telephones and internet access
Greenwick Farm - Fridaythorpe
The Pearson family welcome you to our 460 acre working farm nestled 700 feet up on the unspoilt hills of the Yorkshire Wolds
Redcliffe House - Hessle
East Yorkshire's premier luxury bed and breakfast. This 4 star accommodation in Hessle is a stunning Edwardian family run b&b set in an acre of "Old English Garden" overlooking the world famous Humber Bridge.
Robeanne House - Londesborough
A friendly, informal and comfortable guest house, conveniently located for York, the Wolds and the East Coast.
Rudstone Walk - South Cave
Rudstone Walk has a wonderful location enjoying spectacular views of the surrounding countryside. Set in its own 80 acres on the very edge of the Yorkshire Wolds.
Getting to Hessle
By Air—The closest airport to the start of the walk is Leeds International, from here you can catch a train to Hessle. (2hrs)
By Train—Hessle and Filey are accessible by train from most major cities. If you cannot access Hessle then you can get to Hull and then catch a bus or train across form there. (1hr 30min)
By Car— Some of the accommodations in Hessle will allow you to park your car for your stay please ask for more details. Getting back from Filey There are frequent trains from Filey to York (1hr 30 mins) where there are good connections throughout the UK. If you need to head back to Hessle then there is a train which runs directly between Hessle and Fiely. A good source of reference for travel details is the traveline website: www.traveline.org.uk
Getting back from Filey
There are frequent trains from Filey to York where there are good connections throughout the UK. If you need to head back to Hemsley then you can catch the train to Malton and bus/taxi to Helmsley. For the moors and coastal section of the walk there are frequent trains from the south to Saltburn and you can catch a bus or a train back to Helmsley from Filey.
We are often asked the following questions and we hope that you will find the answers useful. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any other questions.
How fit do I need to be?
We offer two different itineraries with differing daily distances so you can find an itinerary that suits your preferred level of activity. If you currently don’t enjoy an active lifestyle we suggest regular walking in hilly terrain supplemented by cardio vascular exercise prior to your walk. A good gym or personal trainer will be able to draw up a personalised training programme.
How far in advance do I need to book?
We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as the Yorkshire Wolds Way can get quite busy especially over April/May and July/August. You will find up to date availability on our website and we will always try and accommodate your plans.
What personal equipment do I need?
You will need good walking shoes/boots (ideally waterproof), comfortable walking clothes, waterproof jacket and trousers, a daypack and hats/gloves etc. You can download a full equipment list from the downloads page of our website.
When is the best time of year?
This walking holiday is best enjoyed between March and mid October. Springtime weather can be changeable but usually is the driest time of year, from March to June.
Am I able to take my dog?
Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate walkers with dogs as many of the accommodation providers we use do not accept pets.
What happens if I can’t walk a stage?
You can use public transport or local taxis to continue to your next overnight stop. Our office can assist with helpful advice should you need to arrange transport for yourself or anyone in your party.
You can start your walking holiday on any day of the week from mid March to mid October, subject to availability. To make a provisional reservation select "Book" for the itinerary you are interested in.
Option prices will be displayed as part of the booking process.
Because every walking holiday we book is unique availability changes from day to day and our booking process works as follows:
- You provisionally book the tour you are interested in for your preferred dates and pay a 20% deposit online or by phone.
- We confirm availability and book all your accommodation and options and send final confirmation as soon as everything is confirmed (max 10 working days).
- If we are unable to accommodate you on your confirmed dates/tour or an alternative of your choice your deposit is fully refunded.
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- Accommodation in hand picked B&B's, guesthouses and country hotels including breakfast.
- Daily door to door baggage transfer.
- A detailed information pack, guide book and maps for each party.
- Emergency telephone support from our office in the event of a problem.
- Lunches, dinners, snacks and drinks
- Entrance fees (where applicable)
- Transport should you need to skip a stage
- Travel Insurance