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East Riding of Yorkshire Council is updating the Rights of Way Improvement Plan to reflect important changes in the benefits that our countryside paths provide.

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Bridlington Area Walks

The table below contains information on all walks centred in the bridlington area. Click on any walk's name or reference code to see more details on the walk, including photos and a route map.


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E2 - A Short Stroll from Rudston
Walk Name
A Short Stroll From Rudston
Take a walk above Rudston to see views of the village and Thorpe Hall.
Circular Walk
Walk Type
  • Wolds Walks
Ordnance Survey Explorer Map
Car Parking Facility
Roadside parking in South Side Road, Rudston
The Bosville Arms, Rudston
Public Conveniences
Various sites in Bridlington
Distance (Miles)
Distance (Kilometres)
  • This route follows public paths over land belonging to the Macdonald family.  The family's members have been instrumental in keeping open the ancient footpaths and bridleways in the area.
  • Your walk starts on South Side Lane.  Follow the track around Zigzag plantation into the locally-named "Hilly Grass".  On your left you will see Thorpe Hall, home of the Bosville Macdonald family for the past 200 years. 
  • After passing through a gap in the trees you will see Wold Gate.  This road was once a prehistoric trade route, used later by the Romans to get from York to the coast.  Turn right at the road and follow it for ½ mile.  Watch out for traffic - today's chariots are faster than those of the Romans!  The next bridleway sign points to a wood.  Follow this back to South Side Lane where you began.
Start Point
South Side Lane in Rudston
End Point
South Side Lane in Rudston
Towns & Villages
Haisthorpe and Rudston
Start Easting
Start Northing
End Easting
End Northing
Further Information
Features of Interest
-  Rudston lies in the valley of the Gypsey Race and is well-known for two reasons:- 
-  At 25½ feet high (with a lot more beneath the ground), the Rudston Monolith is said to be the tallest standing stone in Britain.  The Monolith was erected by Neolithic or Bronze Age people probably for religious purposes.  How they brought it to Rudston remains a mystery, as the nearest stone of the same type is at least 10 miles to the north. 
-  Winifred Holtby, the author of the novel "South Riding", is buried in the churchyard alongside the graves of the Macdonalds of the Isles.  "South Riding" tells the story of life in an agricultural community in the 1930s.  It is set in Holderness and information about the novel, and the area, is widely available. 
Accessibility Information
This route:- 
-  contains some steep slopes. 
-  does not contain barriers. 
-  contains surfaces which can be boggy in wet weather.