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1) Drive into Pocklington market place and pick up the brown scenic drive signs. Now the round drive begins, as you leave Pocklington heading north for five miles to Great Givendale. En route a slight detour of 1 1/2 miles will take you to Millington Wood picnic area and woodland walk.
Follow the road signs for Millington and Millington Pastures.
2) Continuing north you soon begin to climb to join the A166 and turning right past Garrowby Top - the Wolds` highest point at just over 800 ft. The views back across the Vale of York can be spectacular on a clear day. Once at the A166 turn right towards Driffield.
3) You leave the A166 at Wharram picnic site. There are circular walks from here north to tranquil Thixendale, and west to Bishop Wilton with its stream through the village green and its church of St Edith`s with local birds set in the mosaic floor.
As you cross Huggate Wold sweep south to the village of Huggate itself, you actually cross the Wolds Way, so watch out for walkers! Check the unusual concrete gate posts to the fields as you gaze over Huggate Wold, and take time to count the Roman numerals.
4) Turning north again from Huggate you head for the intriguingly named village of Wetwang, home to a unique oak
furniture maker. On reaching the Wetwang junction turn left to continue the drive or right into Wetwang for a short visit.
5) Retracing your route out of Wetwang to pick up the B1248 north-west, takes you close to Fimber picnic site on the B1251. There are toilets here in a rustic cabin. The meadow to the east of the road was once a busy railway line.
6) Sledmere is the halfway point on your round trip and a fascinating farming village rich in history. The Sykes family has shaped local life for over 200 years since Sir Richard Sykes built Sledmere House on the site of a medieval manor in 1751. His nephew Sir Christopher Sykes added the classic wings and greatly developed local agriculture.
7) Back on the A166, pause at Garton-on-the-Wolds. Its outstanding church has highly decorated pictorial walls and ceiling. Look out also for the blacksmith`s shop on your left before turning right to Kirkburn on the A163. You have the chance to explore another fine Norman church (don`t miss the font) before you swing back towards Pocklington.
8) North Dalton is your next stop. Pause at the duck pond for that all important chance 'to stand and stare'.
9) In the centre of Warter on the B1246 you can`t miss a row of thatched cottages. Life here still has a calm and gentle pace that today`s cities lack... and it`s all round you on the Wolds. Before you complete your round trip in Pocklington, you`ll pass Kilnwick Percy, off to your right. Ahead of you now in the distance beyond Pocklington are the rich Vale of York and the huge battery of power stations serving West and South Yorkshire, a combination that reflects the balance of Britain`s north country today. But there`s no doubt you`ve seen the better side of the balance on your Pocklington Round.
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East Yorkshire is accessible from the UK's motorway network connecting with the M62, M1, A1, M180 and M18
: 10 miles from York station
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