The Rolling Dales of the Yorkshire Wolds
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An exploration of the Yorkshire Wolds in a much underrated area of Yorkshire approximately 20 miles east of the city of York, starting in the pretty village of Millington and visiting Givendale, Grimthorpe Wood, Mile Fields, Pocklington Woods and crossing the greens of the local golf course. Watch out for the balls!
It's a chance for a sociable walk where paths are mostly wide enough for two or more. It incorporates parts of the Yorkshire Wolds Way, Minster Way and Chalkland Way.
The route has some hills, bit only a total height gain of 1500 for the router however from the top of the wolds at Millington you can get wide views across the vale of York, (on a clear day you can see as far as the White Horse at Kilburn at Sutton Bank almost 40 miles away), the walk also takes in some of the many pretty dales of the Yorkshire Wolds.
This is a 12 mile circular walk and I would consider it a moderate walk, but not difficult, no difficult climbs but can be a little hard in very hot weather as it was last August when I last lead it. I lead at a very easy pace and expect this to take about 6 hours excluding stops.
There is a chance for a tea stop about 3/4 way round near the golf course at the World Peace Vegetarian cafe at Madhyamaka Kadampa Meditation Centre at Kilnwick Percy Hall for refreshments, or if we get back before 4pm at the end of the walk there will be the Ramblers' Rest tea room we can visit, or a short drive to pocklington to a Pub.This can be a consensus on the day if needed.
What to bring
Water: bring at least two litres
Medicines: if you have hay fever, diabetes, minor ailments etc.
Day rucksack: typically 20-30 litres, they are comfortable to wear and allow you to use your arms freely
Boots: waterproof and breathable and designed for hiking, trainers are OK if the ground is dry and there’s little chance of rain
Gaiters: recommended for wet weather or boggy conditions
Socks: proper walking socks will keep your feet dry and help prevent blisters
Layered clothing: lets you quickly adapt to changes in the weather and body temperature. Go for a base layer (vest or t-shirt) and a mid layer (a micro fleece or shirt) and in cooler weather add an outer layer (a windproof jacket or thick fleece)
Trousers: ideally no jeans as they become heavy and cold in the rain, breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry and on warm days shorts are OK
Waterproof jacket: essential when hiking in all but the calmest of weather, breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry
Gloves: Windproof, or better still, waterproof gloves are the best choice, bring a spare pair if expecting rain
Hat or cap: stay warm in winter and shaded in summer
Sunglasses: for any sunny day, even in winter
Sun cream: can be useful even on cloudy and winter days
Snacks: bring biscuits, energy bars, gels, bananas, chocolate or dried fruit for example and put them somewhere easy to get hold of
Lunch: bring a packed lunch unless otherwise stated
Food & drink
Although there should be a chance to take in a cafe stop around 2-3.30pm, please bring enough food for your lunch and snacks for the rest stops along the route. Please bring plenty of water to drink and more in hot weather (2 or more litres) as there are no shops on route once we start walking until we reach the cafe.