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A Brantingham and Elloughton Walk
Statistics: Map of the walk
Start:
Brantingham village
Start (OS ref):
SE940295
Map (1:25,000):
Parking:
Spaces around the village green
Distance:
5.7 miles (9.2 km)
Time:
2 - 3 hours
Difficulty:
Easy
Climbing:
226 metres
Hazards:
Some roadside walking
Refreshments:
Elloughton village (1 mile)
Route Map:
Summary: A half day walk west of Hull through lovely woodland and over the rolling hills of the Yorkshire Wolds.

elevation profile

The Story of the Walk:

Brantingham
South Wold near Brantingham
It's uphill on leaving Brantingham village
Leave the roads into woods near South Wold

The quaint village of Brantingham can be found just off the M62 about two miles due west of Hull. It is a delightful peaceful haven with a village green and village pond that has the friendliest ducks around. They were so inquisitive while I was putting my boots on before setting off on this walk. The village green is the starting point for the walk. You leave Brantingham by walking in a north easterly direction up a metalled road towards Wandhills Plantation. Don't follow the signpost in the first picture as that will lead you to the High Hunsley circuit. That is not today's objective. As seen in the photograph you begin the walk with a moderately testing uphill climb. When you reach the plantation you will see a sign that tells you to take a right turn into the woodland. Follow a distinct path (see picture 2) that leads you into the picturesque South Wold plantation and beyond it to Elloughton Dale. As you leave the plantation you descend steeply to another metalled road. When you meet the road turn left and follow the road for about 250 yards until you see a signpost leading you up a wooden path back into the woods (picture 3).

Wauldby Gates Plantation
Wauldby Dam
Step off the road into Wauldby Gates Plantation
The pond at Wauldby Dam

Follow the steps up into the Wauldby Gates Plantation but be careful once you reach the top. On completing the steps you are faced with a crossroads with signs pointing in all four directions. You need to take straight line course following the High Hunsley circuit on a south easterly course. This leads you to another metalled road. Turn left and walk uphill past Welton Top stables. After the stables the woodland on your right ends. This is your cue to turn right and follow an unmade bridleway which is followed for about 400 metres until you fork left onto a path that leads onto the open wolds. Up until now most of the walking has been in enchanting woodland and on quiet roads. Now you're in the open. The track leads you along field edges past Wauldby Manor Farm and a pond contrived by Wauldby Dam as seen in picture 4.

Wold View at Brantingham
Brantingham Church
Looking west to rural landscape from Wold View
The beautiful church of Brantingham

Carry on due North past the dam until you reach Turtle Hill. Here you need to turn left and follow a due westerly path. As you do so the views disappear because you follow a narrow copse way for half a mile until you reach Bottom plantation. Leave the plantation onto a road with a T junction. Follow a due west path on the metalled road that leads you to Long plantation. Keep going due west through the plantation and you eventually arrive at the driveway to Wold View Farm. The farm is aptly named as the views over all western Yorkshire open out in front of you as seen in picture 5. On a clear day you can see for miles. Try counting all the different power stations while you pause here. From here its all downhill. Walk down the road that you originally walked up passing the spot where you originally turned into the woods. Shortly after that point turn right and follow a path to Brantingham Church, as seen in the final picture. The pond, your starting point is a short walk back into the village.

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