Welton Loop – The Yorkshire Wolds

Welton Loop – The Yorkshire Wolds

Area: East Yorkshire
Starting point: Welton (circular walk)
Date of walk: 26th April 2016
Walkers: Me & Merlin
Distance: 6.51m
Difficulty: Easy – Moderate
Terrain: Woodland, Roads & National trails
Weather: Sun, blue skies, light rain, hail & snow (yes all 4 seasons, typical English weather)

Yorkshire is the biggest county in the UK. However, it is split into 3 smaller counties,1 of them being the flat landed East Yorkshire. Quite different to the rolling Derbyshire Dales I am used to. While staying with family over the past couple of days in Gilberdyke I thought I’d take the opportunity to put the old leather boots on, drive to a random village nearby and just walk into the Wolds and see where it takes me. No map, no compass, equipped with just a bottle of water and a dog. I drove into the village of Welton only to be greeted by an impressive old historic church. This is my starting point for the walk. Weather is fair, I wouldn’t say its a bit nippy, but certainly isn’t shorts and t shirts weather, even after a slug up the 1st hill out of town.

Welton church
Historic church – starting point

The start and end of this walk is road walking… bluh. Cars zooming past down this B road. As I don’t have a map, i just walk until I find a public footpath. But before I encounter one, there is a nice opening in the hedges where the Humber is seen in the distance.

Looking South over the Humber
Looking South over the Humber

Deep breath in, deep breath out, hmmm. So I walk on up, and come across a footpath saying parish trail. This takes me into springtime woodland. Can see the tree’s sprucing up nicely with leaves and buds forming.

Woodland walk

 

Walking through this forest for a mile or so, away from the road, I start to feel the tension in my shoulders loosen, my breathing slow down, my whole body relax and my walking become more guided by spirit than by my mind. Isn’t it funny as it is at that moment, the sun starts beaming down, peaking through the tree’s hitting the  crown of my head.

Trees

Trees

Doggy loving the forest vibe…

Merlin

Be both journey on, listening to the birds tweet, strolling through this woodland, among all the woodland creatures. We walk until we find another opening, and I have to walk to the lip of the woodland about 50 metres away to get a glimpse of such a mesmerizing view… Again the Humber is seen in the distance.

Wolds

Walking commences until we hit the national trail called Wolds Way. Never even heard of this trail before this walk, and after returning home, have found out the trail is 79 miles long. Covering alot of East Yorkshire, thinking it may be worth a revisit at some point. 79 miles can probably be walked comfortably in 3 – 5 days, and it seems there’s plenty opportunity for camping in the nearby woodlands.

Wolds Way

I take a right hoping for a kind of loop walk back to Welton. It’s another 3 – 4 miles from here, so I walk up the Wold’s Way to the top of the hill only to again be presented with another splendid view..

Wolds Way
Wolds Way
Sun lover Merlin
Sun lover Merlin

This part of the Wolds Way is nice. I’m glad I found this trail and keen to explore the rest of it. The remaining part of the walk is quite straight forward, and the way back to Welton is pretty much signposted. It’s about 3 miles & the route take’s you through smooth low rolling hills, forestry and back on the road. Pictures found below :-

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No dogs allowed?
No dogs allowed?

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Historic Welton
Historic Welton

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