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Pocklington and West Wolds Area Walks

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N4 - Garrowby Circular, A Walk Up Cheese Cake Wold
Walk Name
Garrowby Circular - A Walk Up Cheese Cake Wold
Follow green lanes, minor roads and field paths on this enjoyable route around the Garrowby Estate.
Circular Walk
Walk Type
  • Wolds Walks
Ordnance Survey Explorer Map
Car Parking Facility
Roadside parking in Bishop Wilton and Kirby Underdale
Pub and shop in Bishop Wilton, plus small shop in Kirby Underdale serving hot drinks
Public Conveniences
The Square in Stamford Bridge
Distance (Miles)
Distance (Kilometres)
Lengthened Distance (Miles)
Shortened Distance (Miles)
  • Your walk starts at the delightful village of Bishop Wilton with its row of cottages and farms set along each side of an attractive beck.  If you have time, please visit the local church (see 'Features of Interest' below).
  • The first part of the walk is up the steep slope to the east of the village, and then along field headlands to a minor road.  For the short stroll, follow the road back to Bishop Wilton.
  • Alternatively, follow the delightful green lane northwards past Cheese Cake Wold to the estate village of Kirby Underdale. Does anybody know how Cheese Cake Wold got its name?
  • Like Bishop Wilton, Kirby is owned by Lord Halifax and is a totally unspoilt village with an air of yesteryear.  If you take a small detour you will see a church set in a hollow by a babbling brook, and enjoy views of hills which feature in other walks.
  • From the village follow the headland and streamside path past Pasture Farm and then take the Bishop Wilton road past Gorman Castle.  How did this farm get its name? 
  • Next follow tracks and headland paths across the rich farmland of the estate and enjoy a fine view of the Yorkshire Wolds to the east.  The final section of your walk is along the route of the "Minster Way", a long distance walk from Beverley Minster to York Minster.
  • The public paths on the estate arose for purely functional purposes such as going from a farmstead to a cottage.  In 1983 the network was reorganised to give an up-to-date leisure network which blends in with modern farming practices.
  • Acknowledgements go to the Ramblers' Association and to Lord Halifax and his agent.  It is nice to know that many farmers and landowners welcome walkers.
Start Point
Bishop Wilton or Kirby Underdale
End Point
Bishop Wilton or Kirby Underdale
Towns & Villages
Bishop Wilton, Bugthorpe, Kirby Underdale, Painsthorpe and Youlthorpe
ParishBishop Wilton
Start Easting
Start Northing
End Easting
End Northing
Further Information
Features of Interest
-  Most of the land in this area is owned by Lord Halifax of Garrowby Hall.  Many parts of East Yorkshire are still owned by individual landowners, although nowadays some are run as family trusts. 
-  Although Norman in origin,  the church at Bishop Wilton was one of the many Wolds churches restored for Sir Tatton Sykes.  It is considered to be the best restoration carried out by Pearson, although some work was carried out by Street.  The remarkable mosaic floor of black and white marble by Salviati is copied from a floor in the Vatican, which was itself originally in the palace of the Caesars in Rome.  It also contains some magnificent carvings.  One stained glass window, the west window, was erected in 1864 as a memorial to Sir Tatton Sykes and his wife. 
Accessibility Information
This route:- 
-  contains some steep slopes. 
-  contains a mixture of stiles and gates. 
-  may involve walking through fields with livestock. 
-  crosses at least one road. 
-  contains surfaces which can be boggy in wet weather. 
-  may involve walking through planted crops. 
-  contains some uneven surfaces. 
Additional Information
-  As this route lies within an agricultural area minor problems can sometimes occur.