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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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N1 - Warter Wold
Walk Name
Warter Wold
Experience an attractive village, field headlands, wide open views and a secluded dale on this walk.
Circular Walk
Walk Type
  • Wolds Walks
Ordnance Survey Explorer Map
Car Parking Facility
Car park in the centre of Warter, near to the school
Small shop in Warter
Public Conveniences
Railway Street in Pocklington
Distance (Miles)
Distance (Kilometres)
Lengthened Distance (Miles)
Shortened Distance (Miles)
  • On your walk follow the road eastwards until you reach a stile. Cross the stile and climb up the hill through a small wood.  Next walk along a field headland with fine views into Great Dug Dale to your right.
  • Upon reaching a minor road, turn left and follow the road.  Next follow field headlands eastwards and northwards.  After this follow a farm track northwards across the open Wolds landscape to Blanch Farm.  Follow the track westwards, then northwards through the wood and then westwards to a gate.
  • Now walk on a path at the top of an attractive dale before descending into the dale itself.  Climb up the steep dale side to a hand gate before you follow a track and minor road to return to Warter.
Start Point
Warter Village
End Point
Warter Village
Towns & Villages
Start Easting
Start Northing
End Easting
End Northing
Further Information
Features of Interest
-  Warter stands in a green hollow of the Wolds and its shady embanked roads are bordered with clipped yew hedges and bushes.  On the west side of the green stands a delightful row of thatched cottages.  On the green itself stands a War memorial with intricate carvings. 
-  Following the Inclosure Acts of the 1700s, the landscape of the Wolds was transformed from open sheep-walks into the present landscape of straight roads, hedge-lined fields and scattered farmsteads.  Many landowners built large houses in a parkland setting and built a small village to house the workers; Warter is a good example of an estate village. 
-  The main house at Warter was Warter Priory, a magnificent example of Gothic Victorian extravagance with its towers and turrets.  Unfortunately the house was demolished when the estate was bought by the Guinness Trust. 
-  There was an Augustinian Priory founded at Warter in 1132, the site of which is near the church.  In 1899 a gravestone with a portrait of a prior was found.  The attractive church set on a hill was rebuilt in the 14th century style by Lord Muncaster in 1862 and is interesting for its memorials within and without.  Note the graves of the various Lords of Nunburnholme to the rear and the hillocky site of the Priory in the field beyond. 
Accessibility Information
This route:- 
-  contains some steep slopes. 
-  contains kissing gates and hand gates but no stiles. 
-  may involve walking through fields with livestock. 
-  may involve walking through planted crops. 
Additional Information
-  A major review of the paths on the estate was undertaken some years ago.  The aim was to create a leisure network of paths which blends in with modern practices, and acknowledgements go the Ramblers' Association and the agent for the estate.