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Pocklington and West Wolds Area Walks

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N15 - Nunburnholme Wold
Summary
Walk Name
Nunburnholme Wold
Ref
N15
A pleasant walk along a minor road, farm tracks and field headlands.
Details
Circular Walk
Yes
Grade
Moderate
Walk Type
  • Wolds Walks
Ordnance Survey Explorer Map
294
Car Parking Facility
Roadside parking in Nunburnholme and at the lay-by near the crossroads
Refreshments
Small shop in Warter (there is nowhere to drink)
Public Conveniences
Railway Street in Pocklington
Distance
Distance (Miles)
7
Distance (Kilometres)
11
Lengthened Distance (Miles)
9
Shortened Distance (Miles)
5
Description
  • You walk along the road up the hill, then follow a delightful country lane eastwards to Warter.  The parkland of the Warter estate can be seen to the north.  (Until the early 1950s it contained a magnificent example of Gothic extravagance, Warter Priory, a large house with spires and turrets.) 
  • You may walk to Warter or, for the short stroll, follow the path across Nunburnholme Wold, then along a minor road, then along a section of the 'Wolds Way'.  Warter is an attractive little village best noted for its much photographed row of thatched cottages, thatch being a most unusual roof covering on the Wolds. 
  • You return to Nunburnholme by the road eastwards, then the path along the top of Great Dug Dale to Farberry Garth, then unfortunately along a long stretch of road (although you are rewarded with wide verges and excellent views, especially of the magnificent woodlands of Londesborough Park to the south and, at the road junction, of the Vale of York to the West). 
  • From Partridge Hall, follow a section of the 'Wolds Way'.
Map(s)
Location
Start Point
Nunburnholme or lay-by near crossroads
End Point
Nunburnholme or lay-by near crossroads
Towns & Villages
Burnby, Nunburnholme and Warter
ParishNunburnholme
Start Easting
485,120.00
Start Northing
448,226.00
End Easting
485,120.00
End Northing
448,226.00
Further Information
Features of Interest
-  The small village of Nunburnholme is best approached by the road from Londesborough.  It stands in a natural hollow at the foot of a magnificent wooded hill and looks very much a picture postcard village with smoke gently rising from the old cottage chimneys.  Trout are said to exist in the small beck which runs through the village, but this may just be a local tale.   
 
-  The village is named after a priory of Benedictine nuns founded in the 12th century.  The site lies to the north east of the village. 
 
-  This delightful little village attracts ornithologists.  One of note was the rector of Nunburnholme, the Reverend Francis Orpren Morris, who lived in the village from 1854 to 1893 and wrote a series on the "History of British Birds".  The bell of the delightful little  Church of St James has the inscription "I will imitate your birds by singing". 
The church's great treasures include an early 10th century Anglo-Scandinavian cross shaft covered with intriguing figure carvings and a stunning Norman tower arch. 
 
-  Although Nunburnholme is an old village sited on a stream, Warter village is an estate village and owes its existence to the Enclosure Acts of the 1700s.  These acts enclosed the open field system of farming and areas of common land and 'awarded' blocks of land to the former owners of the various strips.  It also 'awarded' large blocks of land to single owners, which could be laid out in estates with parklands, woodlands and a large house.  Villages such as Warter were built to house the estate workers. 
Accessibility Information
This route:- 
 
-  contains some steep slopes. 
 
-  contains a mixture of stiles and gates. 
 
-  may involve walking through fields with livestock.