Returning home is the most difficult part of long-distance hiking. You have grown outside the puzzle and your piece no longer fits.

Cindy Ross

Most might think of East Yorkshire as a very flat area and not particularly riveting. This is certainly true to the area near Kingston-upon-Hull, where I myself live. But just 20 north of here, there are gentle and stunning Yorkshire Wolds. The Yorkshire Wolds Way, one of the National Trails in England runs from Hessle, just west of Hull towards Filey on the stunning Yorkshire coast. It was almost my duty to walk it since it’s just around the corner from here!

In Hessle, at the very beginning of the walk, the trail first starts on the banks of the Humber, I suspect just so one can admire the Humber Bridge linking East Yorkshire with North Lincolnshire. On a good day, the bridge is indeed rather impressive.

After about 4 miles of walking along the Humber, an easy and flat walk, upon passing North Ferriby, the trail turns sharply north to cross A63 and passing through two small narrow woods.

The trail now swings slowly towards the west to the edge of Welton, and then sharply north into the enchanting Welton Dale, about 9 miles from the head of the trail.

Welton Dale is incredibly picturesque and comes quite unexpected – with its gentle slopes and pastures, flanked by the wood on one side. Out of the area, the trail soon turns west again to the well-loved village of Brantingham. There’s a steep descent into Brantingham towards its All Saints’ Church.

It’s up and down for the next few miles towards the north and past South Cave; a good workout for the legs!

View of South Cave

The trail crosses Beverley Road on the east side of South Cave, and then follows the crossing with a rather steep ascent towards Swinescaif Road, leading shortly after to the spectacular Comber Dale.

Now, with 16 miles behind me, I followed the path to the east into the West Plantation and shortly north via East Dale. This is a beautiful, charming forest, and on a sunny day, you are well advised to stop somewhere here and listen to the real tweeting of birds (as opposed to the far overused blue bird in the digital space that is not actually real and is said to be degrading, not improving, the mental well-being of many).

After crossing East Dale, the trail reaches and crosses the busy Hunsley Road, then follows Whin Lane and Littlewood Road east for about 5-10 minutes (depending on your pace) before veering north off it for a complete change of scenery very soon. The first real “wolds” appear as the route takes the walker on a gentle descent in the general North Newbald direction, north-west of here.

The hills (i.e. the wolds) become gentler and gentler and it’s a generally flat walk for the rest of the way towards Beverley Road (it seems to be a different Beverley Road to the one I had previously crossed!), about 1 mile east of North Newbald, where I finished the first gentle leg of the Yorkshire Wolds Way. It was a good reminder that even within just 10 miles of the big city where I live there is peace, serenity and slower life easy to taste and experience whenever I have the opportunity.

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