The Yorkshire Wolds
With hidden valleys, chalk streams and peaceful villages, the Yorkshire Wolds makes a refreshing change from city life or a seaside break. It's a fabulous place to unwind and enjoy the great outdoors.
Idle along a leafy lane with its banks of wild flowers... discover a sheep-dotted valley with dramatic views... sit with your legs in a clear fast flowing stream... and enjoy the sound of silence.
The Wolds is known for its excellent trails for both walking and cycling. This cycling countryside is in fact where Britain's heritage bicycle trail stretches through the Wolds from the Humber to the Yorkshire Dales. So whether it's walking, cycling, or a picnic with the family you will find immaculately maintained and signposted routes and do any time trails. Along the Yorkshire Wolds Way National trail you will also discover major pieces of artwork instillations by contemporary artists, each a unique reflection of its local surroundings.
Many of the routes take you through the bustling market towns and villages that dot the landscape. Quintessentially Yorkshire, these charming places each boast their own ancient churches, whitewashed byway inns, willow-fringed duck ponds and family bakers. As well as cafes, the Wolds is known for its tea rooms. Treat yourself to a Yorkshire high tea and savour a selection of sandwiches and a steaming pot of Yorkshire tea.
Visit in the Autumn during Yorkshire Wolds Walking and Outdoors Festival and you can take part in exciting range of outdoor pursuits including cycling, special interest and historical walks, horse riding, specialist guided walks, hi tech treasure hunt, boating or canoeing or even a Buddhist experience plus lots more.
With it's award-winning walks, softly undulating chalk uplands, secret valleys and time-forgotten villages, the Yorkshire Wolds is one of the UK's rambling hot spots. It's also one of those serene destinations where you can wander all day if you fancy without meeting a soul (apart from the occasional sheep).
The Yorkshire Wolds is footpath heaven. Cross-hatched with routes, there's a walk to suit ramblers of every persuasion. And whether you opt for a challenging twenty-miler or a leisurely afternoon stroll, you can be sure of returning with a smile on your face.
Cycling has always proved immensely popular in the Wolds. And it's not hard to see why. The gentle undulating topography means steep climbs are few and far between. And with stop-and-stare views from the hill tops, few places in the country offer such a wealth of rewards.
Accommodation in the Yorkshire Wolds is second to none, with top quality standards in top quality locations you wont be disapointed. So make your day into an overnight stay, weekend break or summer holiday. With lots to do and even more to see, The Yorkshire Wolds is the place to be.
Many of the walks take you through the bustling market towns that dot the landscape. Quintessentially Yorkshire, these charming stone build places each boast their own ancient churches, whitewashed byway inns, willowfringed duck ponds and family bakers.
Get a taste of the countryside with the best ingredients at one of our farmers markets. One of the most popular ways of seeing for yourself the quality of produce in this corner of Yorkshire. Wander around and sample the very finest food sourced and made right here in the East Riding.
The Yorkshire Wolds certainly has its unfair share of magnificent stately homes, which goes to show this area has always been favoured for its wonderful landscapes from a cliff top location with stupendous views to a lakeside National Collection of Hard Water lilies.
With the Wolds covering such a vast amount of countryside, towns and villages, one thing we can guarantee is that there is always something happening from horse racing at Beverley Racecourse, Farmers Markets offering the best local produce around to spectacular Music Festivals.