This holiday is a short introduction to the Wolds and gives you chance to visit the most popular market towns in the Wolds. Starting in Driffield, the proclaimed ‘Capital of the Wolds’, you will find a busy and vibrant market town. It has a bustling high street offering a good selection of cafes, restaurants and pubs and individual shops if you fancy a bit of shopping. Driffield can boast that it holds annually the largest agricultural fair in Britain, but it was the canal that put this town on the map. Now cargo has long gone from this waterway but it has been beautifully restored and converted, and is now a peaceful and tranquil place to take a stroll and is a popular spot for fishing and bird watching. Nearby are two of East Yorkshire`s finest country houses. Burton Agnes is a magnificent Elizabethan house filled with treasures, and in the lovely village of Sledmere is Sledmere House, home of the Sykes family, who have played a major part in maintaining and restoring churches and villages throughout the East Riding. The House has many interesting features, especially the Turkish Room, the 100ft long library and the Capability Brown gardens. Deer roam in the grounds, a lovely place to take a picnic.
Our next stop will be at Market Weighton, known as the ‘Heart of East Yorkshire’. A warm welcome is assured as this market town was one of the first nationally accredited ‘Walkers are Welcome’ towns. Market Weighton is nestled at the foot of the Yorkshire Wolds and within easy reach of the Wolds Way. The town is an ideal base for walking in the area, but don’t miss the ‘Bradley Heritage Trail’. William Bradley was the towns most famous resident and proudly boasts that he was the tallest Englishman who ever lived. The trail takes you on a circular tour of the towns historic buildings, picturesque green and high street. The town offers many public houses, cafe’s and shops to refresh you after a great days walking.
Yet another charming market town that is also an accredited ‘Walkers are Welcome’ destination, Pocklington, the cultural centre of the Wolds. The Pocklington Arts centre is a centre of national importance and plays host to an array of talented artists, comedian’s actors and musicians. Midge Ure and Kirtis Stigers have been visitors to the centre. A short stroll from the town centre is Burnby Hall Gardens, these delightful gardens, close to the centre of Pocklington are home to a National Collection of Hardy Water Lilies - the biggest such collection to be found in a natural setting in Europe. The gardens are also host to several Sunday afternoon band concerts during the summer which are really popular. There is a range of activities for the visitor, from a gentle stroll along the canal to a round of golf, or an adrenaline rush of a glider flight, glimpsing the beauty of the Yorkshire Wolds from above.
Day 1: Arrive Hull and transfer to Driffield. Day at leisure and a chance to walk along the canal or visit Sledmere or Burton Agnes
Day 2: A choice between a challenge walk of approx 13 miles or a short walk in the morning, lunch in town and another short walk in the afternoon.
Day 3: Transfer to Market Weighton and chance to explore the town and Bradley Trail.
Day 4: A medium length circular walk taking in the delights of Sancton village and Houghton Hall. Join the Yorkshire Wolds Way and stumble upon one of many deserted villages that dot this National Trail, Arras Hill. The trail takes you onto another fine walking route, that of the Hudson Way. Named after the rail magnate of the 19th Century and follows the disused railway line between Beverly & Market Weighton. Take a look at Rifle Butts quarry along the way, now managed by Yorkshire Wildlife Trust.
Day 5: Transfer to Pocklington, a short stroll along the canal or visit Burnby Hall gardens.
Day 6: A final long length circular walk of about 10 miles, visiting one of the most attractive villages and picturesque parts of the Wolds – Millington.
Day 7: Depart
Accommodation only includes Bed & Breakfast, to allow customers to discover superb restaurants in the market towns they visit. This holiday, due to the area covered is appropriate for car owners. However, there is good public transport to these towns and details will be provided to all customers. If arriving by public transport but require private transfers – this can be arranged for an additional cost. This holiday can be tailored to the clients specific wishes and nights can be added or discounted.
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