9: Walking around the Wolds

Walking the Wolds
Walking the Wolds

It is the perfect time of year to start exploring the beautiful Yorkshire Wolds.

Enjoy some peace and quiet in the countryside, as the area’s Walking and Outdoors Festival gets underway next week.

The Wolds are well-known for their excellent walks and cycle trails, with hidden valleys, chalk streams and peaceful villages, and the festival aims to get people out and about, finding some wonderful routes on their doorstep.

It lasts for nine days and features a range of guided walks along leafy lanes, through picturesque villages and into the middle of nowhere, so you can escape from technology and stress.

However energetic you are feeling, there is an event for you, ranging from gentle strolls to longer distances.

And the festival is not just about walking. The first day on Saturday 13 September features the choice of a boat trip along the River Hull and on to the Driffield Navigation, canoeing in North Cave or walks around Pocklington and Londesborough.

There are walks around the coast and Beverley Westwood the following day.

Prepare to be scared at the Beverley Ghost Walk on Monday evening, or get close to nature wit birdwatching walks during the daytime.

There is an introduction to the more energetic Nordic walking on Tuesday, and a walk around Beverley’s Georgian Quarter, or you can find out about the history of Beverley Beck on Wednesday.

Friday sees the Beverley Pub Walk and an evening stroll around the Humber Bridge Country Park

Throughout the week there are a number of gentle Walking For Health events scattered around the county, designed to get people out and about and benefitting from being in the fresh air.

Festival booklets are available from local tourist information centres, or visit www.vhey.org,uk for a daily programme of events.

There are also a selection of walking leaflets and maps with suggestions of routes around the Wolds, which can be enjoyed all year round.