The following Ordnance Survey Explorer maps (1:25,000) cover the Wolds Way and are listed in order of coverage as one would use them walking from Hessle Haven to Filey.
|Start:||Nunburnholme Church||Estimated Time:||7 hours|
|Start (OS ref):||SE848749||Difficulty:||Moderate|
|Finish:||Thixendale village||Total Climbing:||703 metres|
|Finish (OS ref):||SE841611||Longest Climb:||95 metres|
|Maps:||OS Explorer 294, 300
(see above for details)
|Longest Descent:||91 metres|
|Hazards:||Care needed crossing the B1246 & A166|
|Distance:||15 miles (24.1 km)||Refreshments:||Huggate, Fridaythorpe|
| Part 3 - Nunburnholme to Thixendale (15 miles)
If I was asked to choose one stage of the Wolds Way to recommend as an introduction to walkers new to the area then this would be it. Between the start outside Nunburnholme church to the finish in Thixendale village lies some lovely viewpoints and wonderful dales. The walk begins by climbing out of Nunburnholme into Bratt Wood and further up through the wood to a crest near Wold Farm that commands splendid views of the town of Pocklington and of Kilnwick Percy House with its landscaped gardens and park. Continue on the marked way to Low Warrendale Farm that is fortunate to neighbour the lovely Warren Dale (see picture) and Jenny Firkin Wood.
Follow a bridleway from Low Warrendale Farm to the public road and when you reach it turn right to climb steadily up a field and then alongside the edge of Warrendale Plantation until you cut left at the end of the tree line. Note you are standing at 200 metres above sea level now, a heady height for the wolds and 150 metres higher than from which you started. You will realise you are high when you have crossed the field because the land opens up in front of you as you walk to the edge of a ridge that gives great views of Millington village and the surrounding countryside. (by the way, take note to look out for the Millington Way Posts during this section of the walk) This view is with you for some time as you walk towards Warren Farm and further to the fringes of Sylvan Dale. This dale is one of the most inspiring places in the whole of the Yorkshire Wolds. Sylvan Dale opens up in front of you and as you follow the track to the point of descent take a moment to look left and right along the contours of the dale.
It is a wonderful dale and although it hasn't got the woodland the name implies (dictionary term: sylvan = wooded and rural) its a striking place. I took the opportunity to lunch in the sun trap at the bottom of the dale before steeply climbing out and crossing Cow Moor to Nettle Dale (see main picture). After Nettle Dale walk through the wooded avenues in Jessops Plantation and then follow the ridge of Pasture Dale until you emerge at a road juction. This last few miles has been a walk through or over dale after dale. It was a quiet and delightful few miles. There follows a three mile interlude into normal rural walking alongside cultivated fields and on bridleways and roads around the fringes of Huggate village until yet another dale is reached. This is Horse Dale.
Drop into Horse Dale and then walk along the bottom of Holm Dale, a fantastic enclosure that you follow for about a mile until climbing out of it to the village of Fridaythorpe. Take care when crossing the busy A166 road and then take a detour to visit the quaint church with its unusual clock face that bears the inscription "Time is Short, Eternity is Long". From Fridaythorpe follow the trail to West Dale and then Brubber Dale until crossing to another awesome place, Thixen Dale. You firstly drop into the dale and then turn sharply almost upon yourself to follow the dale out to the village bearing its name. This leg finishes in the village itself outside the church. This leg has been the best days wolds walking I have ever done. I look forward to continuing on to the walks to ending in Filey in 35 miles time. I'm over half way having done 44 now.
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