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Pocklington and West Wolds Area Walks

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N2 - Bishop Wilton
Summary
Walk Name
Bishop Wilton
Ref
N2
Climb steep hills, walk through deep dales and enjoy attractive countryside views on this route.
Details
Circular Walk
Yes
Grade
Challenging
Walk Type
  • Wolds Walks
Ordnance Survey Explorer Map
294
Car Parking Facility
Roadside parking near the beck in Bishop Wilton
Refreshments
Pub and shop in Bishop Wilton
Public Conveniences
The Square in Stamford Bridge
Distance
Distance (Miles)
7
Distance (Kilometres)
11
Lengthened Distance (Miles)
8
Shortened Distance (Miles)
1
Description
  • Bishop Wilton stands at the foot of the Wolds and has developed along each side of an attractive beck criss-crossed by small footbridges.  Both walks are described in a clock-wise direction.
  • The walks start from the eastern end of the village near a pretty cottage and run up a fairly steep hill.  
  • For the short stroll follow fieldpaths and return along the minor road (see the map).
  • For the long walk follow the paths up the hill to a minor road (you'll enjoy excellent views over the Vale of York to the west).  The road is known as Beacon Road and is surrounded by tumuli and entrenchments giving a taste of the distant past. 
  • After crossing the road follow the track into Deep Dale.  This is one of the many secluded and tranquil dales of the Wolds which can only be accessed on foot. 
  • After walking along the dale bottom take the path up, and then pass along a dale side to another minor road.  Follow a long stretch of this road southwards past Millington Grange Farm.  Next follow a path westwards to a track north of Little Givendale.  Here you join the 'Minster Way', a long distance walk from Beverley to York Minster, and follow a delightful dale to Great Givendale. 
  • Next you will see the tiny Church of St. Ethelburga in its lovely woodland setting.  Queen Ethelburga was the wife of King Edwin of Northumbria and was responsible for his conversion to Christianity in the year 627.
  • Shortly after you will reach the fine houses of the village.  To the west of the village follow the track and then pass along field headlands, enjoying views of the Vale of York as you go.  Finally, descend the sharp slope to return to Bishop Wilton. (There are springs in the last field which can create boggy areas in wet weather.)
Map(s)
Location
Start Point
Bishop Wilton
End Point
Bishop Wilton
Towns & Villages
Bishop Wilton, Great Givendale and Meltonby
ParishBishop Wilton
Start Easting
479,734.00
Start Northing
455,053.00
End Easting
479,734.00
End Northing
455,053.00
Further Information
Features of Interest
-  Bishop Wilton dates back to Saxon times and is recorded in the Domesday Book as 'Wiltone', meaning wild and uncultivated.  The 'Bishop' originates from the time when the manor was given by King Athelstan (915 - 940) to the Archbishop of York.  Wulstannus and a palace were built thereafter.  The outline of these buildings can still be seen in a field near to the school.   
 
-  Saint Edith's Church is Norman in origin and is said by many to be the best piece of reconstruction carried out by J. L. Pearson for Sir Tatton Sykes.  The south doorway is carved with animals. 
Accessibility Information
This route:- 
 
-  contains some steep slopes. 
 
-  contains a mixture of stiles and gates. 
 
-  may involve walking through fields with livestock. 
 
-  contains surfaces which can be boggy in wet weather. 
 
-  may involve walking through planted crops. 
 
-  contains some uneven surfaces.