[Skip to content]


Driffield and East Wolds Area Walks

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


Return to the Find Walks page.


N5 - Garton-on-the-Wolds Trail
Walk Name
Garton-on-the-Wolds Trail
Enjoy a challenging ride through rural farmland, remembering to watch for farm traffic and to close gates behind you.
Circular Walk
Walk Type
  • Mountain Biking and Horse Riding Routes
Ordnance Survey Explorer Map
Car Parking Facility
Limited spaces available at the Sir Tatton Sykes Monument. Please take care not to obstruct the green lane.
Pub in Garton-on-the-Wolds
Public Conveniences
Cross Street and North Street, both in Driffield
Distance (Miles)
Distance (Kilometres)
  • Your start and end point is the Sir Tatton Sykes Monument.  On Garton Hill, the Monument is 120-feet high and is visible for miles around (see 'Features of Interest' below).
  • From your parking place proceed in a north-easterly direction and cross the tarmac road.  Follow the chalk road by the side of the cottage for 1½ miles until you come to another road (GR.975628).  Turn left and after a short distance take the waymarked bridleway on the right (GR.973634) which goes through a gate and into a field.  Follow the waymarking along this valley bottom for about 2 miles, as it curves right to the deserted church of old Cottom village.  (Ignore all bridleway markers to the left of this route.)
  • Leave the bridleway just past the church by going through the gate onto the lane.  Immediately cross the lane and skirt right, round the edge of a tree plantation.  At the first drive, turn left and ride for 40 yards.  Next, go right and follow the waymarking onto the old runway.  Continue to ride straight ahead to a bridleway interchange.  Follow the waymarkers straight on downhill to Cottam Warren Farm.  (This is an old reclaimed bridleway and is not shown on the Ordnance Survey map.)
  • Ride straight ahead on the tarmac lane.  Another lane will join from the right.  You take the first right turn up the drive of Elmswell Wold Farm (GR.000610).  Ride past the farm to the wide green lane where you turn left (GR.993608) and ride this glorious grass road to the main A166 (GR.991588).  Cross this road with care and continue to ride straight ahead.  After ¾ mile, take an obvious turning onto a track on the right (GR.989577).  (This is partly grass, partly stone and a bit of tarmac.) 
  • Follow in a straight line across the road junction westward for over 2 miles.  Ahead of you and to the right, you will see some large, low sheds.  Just before them the track narrows through bushes and you will find a waymarked gap in the hedge to your right (GR.956580) which will lead you back to the A166.
  • Cross the A166, diagonally right through the iron gate, and ride the headland track towards Garton Field Farm, crossing a chalk road on the way.  Just before Garton Field Farm, the bridleway leads you left through a gate and up the east side of a belt of trees (GR.953607).  Follow this bridleway past the trees and uphill to the grass road.  Turn right, back to the Sir Tatton Sykes Monument.
  • This circular ride is taken from the book "Humberside on Horseback" and is included by kind permission of the British Horse Society.
Start Point
Sir Tatton Sykes Monument
End Point
Sir Tatton Sykes Monument
Towns & Villages
Garton-on-the Wolds, Little Driffield, Sledmere and Wetwang
Start Easting
Start Northing
End Easting
End Northing
Further Information
Features of Interest
-  One of the most interesting churches on this ride is at Garton-on-the-Wolds.  St Michael's and All Angels is a Norman church originally established by Kirkham Priory in 1132.  However, the top of the tower was added in the 15th century.  The church was restored by renowned architect George Edmund Street RA FRIBA (1824-1881) and boasts some of his finest work, including the lych-gate which leads to the church. 
-  The Sir Tatton Sykes Monument was built in memory of the 4th Baronet, St. Tatton Sykes, by friends and tenants.  It bears the inscription, "Erected to the memory of St. Tatton Sykes Baronet by those who loved him as a friend and honoured him as a landlord".  A door at the base of the monument leads to a spiral staircase which takes you up to a small chamber from which you can see panoramic views of the Wolds. 
-  Sledmere House, the home of the 4th Baron, stands near to the Monument and is home to the 8th Baronet, Sir Tatton Sykes.  Although it is his family home, the house is on view to the public and is well worth a visit. 
Accessibility Information
This route:- 
-  contains some steep slopes. 
-  contains a mixture of stiles and gates. 
-  may involve walking or riding through fields with livestock. 
-  crosses at least one road. 
-  contains surfaces which can be boggy in wet weather. 
-  may involve walking or riding through planted crops. 
Additional Information
-  The grade only applies if you follow this route on foot.