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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.

 

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N8 - Huggate Wold
Summary
Walk Name
Huggate Wold
Ref
N8
Take this excellent route through walking countryside to explore high villages and deep dales with traces of former settlements.
Details
Circular Walk
Yes
Grade
Challenging
Walk Type
  • Wolds Walks
Ordnance Survey Explorer Map
294
Car Parking Facility
Roadside parking in Fridaythorpe and Huggate
Refreshments
Pub and shops in Fridaythorpe and Huggate
Public Conveniences
Railway Street in Pocklington
Distance
Distance (Miles)
9
Distance (Kilometres)
14
Lengthened Distance (Miles)
11
Shortened Distance (Miles)
3
Description
  • For a long walk, follow the route of the 'Wolds Way' along a farm track and then a field headland to the west of the farm.  Note the attractive views to the south before descending the steep dale side into Horse Dale past the prominent earthworks.
  • Horse Dale leads into the deep and secluded Holm Dale, at the top of which stands the site of a deserted medieval village.  At the top of Holm Dale you may wish to visit Fridaythorpe for refreshment.  If not, bear left and follow field paths and a farm track to, and past, Huggate Wold House.
  • At the road turn right and then go left along a path through a small attractive woodland into Tun Dale.  Next follow Frendle Dale southwards to the popular Millington Dale.  This Dale is one of the few on the Wolds with a road along it and cars compete with each other for the limited parking spaces.
  • From this Dale you may return to Huggate along the route of the "Wolds Way", possibly meeting people from all parts of the country attempting this 80-mile long walk.  Alternatively, follow the old Hawold bridle road which was awarded as a 'bridleway for all time' in the Huggate Inclosure Act of 1795.  
  • Along the route you will enjoy fine views of dales to the south.
Map(s)
Location
Start Point
Huggate or Fridaythorpe
End Point
Huggate or Fridaythorpe
Towns & Villages
Fridaythorpe, Huggate and Millington
ParishHuggate
Start Easting
488,189.00
Start Northing
455,359.00
End Easting
488,189.00
End Northing
455,359.00
Further Information
Features of Interest
-  Huggate is centred around a large green where the well is reputed to be the deepest in England.  There is also a pond which lies on a very narrow clay strip and once provided materials for the local brickworks.  The church of St. Mary's has a 14th century tower with a spire, which is unusual for a church on the Wolds. 
 
-  Huggate is situated on the high Wolds and is frequently cut off in winter by snow drifts.  Many people enjoy a countryside walk in winter when the ground is hard and the views across the open Wolds landscape are clear.  However, if it looks like it is going to snow in the Huggate area, you may find your walk longer than originally intended! 
Accessibility Information
This route:- 
 
-  contains some steep slopes. 
 
-  contains a mixture of stiles and gates. 
 
-  may involve walking through fields with livestock. 
 
-  may involve walking through planted crops.