It had been a very long time after I walked the first leg of Yorkshire Wolds Way. On that beautiful sunny March morning, the taxi took me from Hull to North Newbald, and in about 20 minutes I was transported from the concrete jungle to a green freedom.
From the eastern side of the village of North Newbald, it’s just 1 mile on a quiet road – eastwards – to rejoin the Wolds Way. At Wrangmandle Wold (a farm), the trail turns left and rises up on a farm road (a dog got interested on the other side of the fence), rejoins Stoneknowle Hill (a road) for a couple of steps and then continues north. The world’s green colours were vividly illuminated by the morning’s sunrays.
Over 1 mile north, this grassy way rises gently by 300ft before reaching Hessleskew Lane. This is clearly farmland, and it presented itself as majestic sweeping carpets of greenery.
Continuing further north, I soon crossed York Road and kept. Here, the trail takes you through a farm (Arras Cottages).
… and then curves crescent-like to the west and expansive views of the fields and the countryside come into view.
It is a very pleasant walk for about one mile along some field hedges, gradually falling down towards Hudson Way just east of the town of Market Weighton. Just before Yorkshire Wolds Way does cross Hudson Way, there is a view towards the west that I particularly like for some reason – the geology here is reminiscent of the larger wolds to the north as though it was a miniature of things to come somehow.
The Way does not go via Market Weighton (west) but continues north for a few minutes to the village of Goodmanham, adjoined to Market Weighton. It’s only a few streets across Goodmanham, then the trail turns left and almost immediately back north running now along a wide farm road to cross Towthorpe Lane.
Now I was fast approaching Londesborough Park over this lovely undulating terrain.
It’s just half a mile north-west this way until you reach The Lake where I exchanged a few words with two ladies walking two particularly cute puppies splashing happily in The Lake’s water (in March? not for me!)
A little wooden bridge rises over The Lake, which as you can see is simply a small pond. Beyond it is the splendidly maintained Londesborough Park (this part of it is called Deer Park – below you are looking towards the south to The Lake). Even in March, this presented itself very impressively.
From here it was just 5 minutes’ walk to the quaint Miss Marple-style, I felt, village of Londesborough. Soon, the trail leaves it, though and continues north-west on a very quiet rural road (about 1 mile). About mid-way through here, from the road – to the east – I now knew there’d soon be more and more of those chalkland grass-covered wolds to come! Isn’t it simply superb?
At the end of the road is Partridge Hall and past it, now north, the walker continues switching to a path, now beginning to approach the tiny village of Nunburnholme.
You can see the buildings of Nunburnholme in the last photo above. Just before the village the trail turns west to descend into it
There are really just two streets in the village. I found a grassy spot to relax for a while. It was supremely quiet and silent here – I suspect it almost always is – sipping my water, I took the atmosphere in. The cool March air, the rustling of tree branches and the fresh green grass. There’s not much more than that that one should need from life.
After the refreshment and some of my food, having spent some half an hour just leaning against the tree, I continued at a leisurely pace – there were only 4 miles left. The trail continues north-west, first through Bratt Wood then out onto the fields with views towards Pocklington, a one-mile swift climb up (300ft up).
There is Wold Farm the route passes (just to the right of the trees in the photo below of the gorgeous avenue) just before coming up to Kilnwick Percy Hill.
There is a lovely view downhill towards Pocklington from here.
Kilnwick Percy Hill is a road that, as it continues west, changes its name to Kilnwick Road and takes drivers to the town of Pocklington. Here, I left the Wolds Way for that day and headed back to Pocklington. The trouble was Kilnwick is a busier road, one of the main roads into Pocklington, so I needed to stop often on the verge to let cars go past. But, eventually, after one mile’s swift walk down (about 15 minutes my pace), I got off the road turning north off it for just 5 minutes, and then back west joining Wilberforce Way and Chalkland Way which lead into Pocklington. This path goes right across Kilnwick Percy Golf Club and it was difficult to find my way through at times due to relatively poor signage, but I got there in the end. Eventually, following a very comfortable path, one reaches Chapel Hill overlooking Pocklington from the east.
From here, it’s just 10 minutes or so to the centre of Pocklington. It was a lovely 15-mile walk. All that remained now was to wait for my bus back to Hull and then plan the next leg.