Walk, cycle, ride – the fit way to discover the Wolds

Tourism chiefs and local business owners meet at Southburn to unveil the  Yorkshire Wolds Walking and Outdoor Festival 2013.
Tourism chiefs and local business owners meet at Southburn to unveil the Yorkshire Wolds Walking and Outdoor Festival 2013.

Wolds Walking and Outdoors Festival organised by Visit Hull and East Yorkshire (VHEY) is taking place from September 12 to 20.

The idea is to encourage people to walk, cycle, ride, explore and discover the beautiful Yorkshire Wolds.

Tourists and residents are invited to take part in around 70 activities including canoeing, geocaching and photography to name but a few.

Walks vary in length, difficulty and focus with Town Trails, Wildlife Walks, Seashore Safaris and Fungi Forays. The VHEY festival is in its fifth year and has become very popular, attracting hundreds of people to the area and thus improving the visitor economy. Local accommodation providers report good bookings, cafes and restaurants benefit and local ‘food and drink’ is promoted.

Nearby there will be Nordic Walking at Bishop Wilton on September 12, Natural Navigation at Allerthorpe September 13, foray in Millington Woods September 14, horse riding from Burnby September 20, which is also the date of a walk from Kilnwick Percy.

Other walks and activities take place throughout the East Riding during the festival including the popular Pilgrimage of Grace.

Pocklington Future is supporting the festival by organising a walk for health as exercise is one of the best ways of maintaining physical and mental health.

This will take place on September 18. The group hopes to get feedback from participants as members are planning to produce a series of walks around Pocklington starting with short walks for people trying to improve their mobility and wellbeing. As well as clear routes there will be information about the countryside and points of interest. Pocklington Future Group was made aware of the desire for more walking and cycling activity after consulting with residents to compile the Community Led Plan.

The group is pleased to report that Gateway is continuing to support cycling with various activities and the Rotary Club has initiated a successful annual Cycle Race entitled ‘Pock Pedal’ with entrants from around the region.

The Walking and Outdoors Festival booklets are available at Pocklington Arts Centre and the Pocela Centre; information at www.theyorkshirewolds.com and www.visithullandeastyorkshire.com

Many events are free and others have a small charge. In some cases numbers are limited so early booking is advised.