My last day on Yorkshire Wolds Way was to be misty and thus somewhat spooky – quite a contrast to the most sunny, clear weather on the previous leg! Wintringham, where I started that grey April morning, is difficult to get to by public transportation, so I had travelled early to Driffield by train from where I got a 20 minute taxi ride to Wintringham.
Wintringham is like a long baguette on a map – stretched west to east along just one road. The trail here starts towards the east on its northern side, away from the main street.
After a mere 5-minute walk, just next to Wintringham’s Church Lane, the trail turns left, to the north to go via Deep Dale Plantation. At the turning, I went past a group of teenagers, presumably doing their Duke of Edinburgh Award or something similar – four guys arguing over a map where to go! Luckily, I’ve outgrown those days long ago!
There is a very steep climb up through the plantation on the way to Knapton Wood uphill as I hope you can appreciate from the photos below.
Knapton Wood is just across from Knapton Wold Road and the trail turns east now, running on the wood’s southern edge towards Lutton Lane, a little over one mile, mostly on the flat, with pleasant views to the south and its countryside.
The trail will continue to the east for the next 3.5 miles along the geological formation called East Heslerton Brow (on OS Maps) and then Sherburn Brow (the village of Sherburn is to the north of the trail). Something told me that on a clearer day the views would be awesomer!
The low hanging mist and cloud were making the views from the Brow Plantation (just south east of Sherburn) look rather ominous – as I said before: spooky!
Some people like their weather only clear, but I take the nature in all its varieties and there is something fabulously mysterious about the countryside shrouded in such grey blanket. The was taken on the edge of the same plantation, about 5 minutes from a little hamlet of Potter Brompton.
The route is now going to the east still and slightly to the north. At the next village, Ganton, it had already been 10 miles of walking. I made a stop under a tree in this field a little while later, mostly to take a cover from rain that had just started, although that lasted just 10 minutes.
After Ganton, the trail continues east with plenty of left-right left-right turns. First the trail joins Wold Lane, turning right (south) and soon morphing into a small path towards Binnington Wold Farm.
Now it’s back to the east to soon cross the slightly busier Staxton Bank road and go past Staxton Wold Farm and to reach an RAF Station half a mile later.
Here, the trail turns south on some minor roads (there were signs not to photograph anything of the station so I didn’t!). To the south here is Staxton Wold and to the east Flixton Wold. The first of these is seen – fogged up, though! – in the next two photos.
At Cotton Dale Slack (the area in the photo just above), the path turns left and goes sharply up through a tiny coppice, quickly rewarding walkers with lovely views of what I am assuming is Cotton Dale.
Now 1.5 miles across the enchanting Flixton Wold.
This was like walking with a veil on, making everything look softer and feel more accessible. I met here two gentlemen from Hull, also walking the entire Yorkshire Wolds Way – they were walking slower than myself, but we had a quick chat near the road at the end of this stretch (after the 1.5 miles, the trail reaches the road connecting the village of Flixton to the north and Fordon to the south). I love meeting people who do hiking as well – usually get along very well. Anyone who is willing to get tired, exhausted and a bit dirty to explore nature is after my own soul, I suppose.
After 5 minutes of walking south of the very quiet Flixton-Fordon road, the trail continues east – now it’s time for Folkton Wold, with its Raven Dale, Camp Dale and Stocking Dale. Half a mile away from the road, the trail turns south – after walking along Raven Dale now turning to Camp Dale. It is gorgeously green here.
Eventually, Camp Dale meets Stocking Dale (where the Yorkshire Wolds Way also joins the local Centenary Way) and the trail turns now north-east. With just 5 miles left now to Filey where the trail finishes, it will continue in the roughly same direction for the rest of the way. The photo below is just before that turning to NE.
One mile further the trail crosses Malton Road (Hunmanby to the south-east on it), continuing to the north-east. Another mile further, the village of Muston, the last settlement before Filey, comes into view from above. If you try hard enough, you can make out Filey in the far distance, but it was mostly “mystified”!
Somewhere here, I think actually in Muston, I met a farmer from Lincolnshire, who was also walking the Wolds Way on his holiday and chatting we walked the rest of the way into Filey. He was meeting someone in Filey itself – myself, I needed to actually complete the trail – it doesn’t just finish in central Filey, but carries on along to the coast to Filey Brigg near Filey Country Park. I crossed the streets of Filey first to Filey Sands:
Then it’s north along the coastal cliffs:
To the end of the trail – the Yorkshire Wolds Way stone sculpture signalling the end (or start, for others) of this superb trail!