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Driffield and East Wolds Area Walks

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N14 - North Dalton
Summary
Walk Name
North Dalton
Ref
N14
Enjoy the open spaces and bracing air of the Yorkshire Wolds on this fine countryside route.
Details
Circular Walk
Yes
Grade
Moderate
Walk Type
  • Pub Walks
  • Wolds Walks
Ordnance Survey Explorer Map
294
Car Parking Facility
Roadside parking in Bainton and North Dalton
Refreshments
Pub in North Dalton, plus shop in Bainton
Public Conveniences
Cross Street car park and North Street, both in Driffield
Distance
Distance (Miles)
10
Distance (Kilometres)
16
Lengthened Distance (Miles)
9
Shortened Distance (Miles)
2
Description
  • From the village follow a green lane westwards.  This is part of the "Minster Way", a long distance walk between Beverley and York Minsters.  (A book on the walk by Ray Wallace is available from good bookshops.) 
  • You follow many headland paths before reaching an attractive green lane.  Follow this lane northwards and then follow headlands eastwards past Hawold Farm.  To return to North Dalton at this point, take the path up the dale side to a handgate, and then walk along field headlands and a track.
  • For the longer walk continue eastwards along headlands and a track, and then use the paths past Low Wood and High Wood before using a busy road southwards to Bainton. 
  • To return to North Dalton follow the route of the "Minster Way", walking westwards along headlands and farm tracks.
Map(s)
Location
Start Point
Bainton and North Dalton
End Point
Bainton and North Dalton
Towns & Villages
Bainton, North Dalton and Tibthorpe
ParishNorth Dalton
Start Easting
493,647.00
Start Northing
452,224.00
End Easting
493,647.00
End Northing
452,224.00
Further Information
Features of Interest
-  North Dalton is a small village on the Pocklington to Driffield road with a fine large pond and a tiny willow-shaded island where the duck is "king of the castle".  Opposite, on a small hill, stands the church of All Saints with a 500-year old sturdy embattled tower.  Its Norman origins are evident in its south doorway, with unusual carvings on the capitols, and the chancel arch decorated with zigzag ornament. 
 
-  Just before you reach Bainton note the remains of a windmill, built in 1818.  (For those with an interest in local windmills, there is an excellent book called "East Yorkshire Windmills" by Roy Gregory, available at good book shops). 
 
-  If you have time, visit the church of St. Andrew's, Bainton, which is a fine example of the Decorated Style of church architecture.  It was extensively rebuilt in 1340 and is thought to be the fourth church on this spot.  Note the dozens of faces and queer animals on the outside walls.  It is believed that the church at Bainton was positioned on a missionary route east from York by the evangelising St. Wilfred in the 7th century.  The churches at Middleton and Foston have the same name.  As it asks in the excellent church guidebook, were they religious outstations in a then wild and hostile land? 
Accessibility Information
This route:- 
 
-  contains some gentle slopes. 
 
-  contains a mixture of stiles and gates. 
 
-  may involve walking through fields with livestock. 
 
-  crosses at least one road. 
 
-  may involve walking through planted crops.