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Pocklington and West Wolds Area Walks

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N36 - Bishop Wilton to Yapham Circular
Walk Name
Bishop Wilton to Yapham Circular
Enjoy a contrasting walk of hills and plain as you pass from the western edge of the Yorkshire Wolds to the level Vale of York.
Circular Walk
Walk Type
  • Pub Walks
  • Wolds Walks
Ordnance Survey Explorer Map
Car Parking Facility
Roadside parking alongside the beck near the Fleece Inn
Pub and shop in Bishop Wilton
Public Conveniences
The Square in Stamford Bridge
Distance (Miles)
Distance (Kilometres)
  • From the green centre of Bishop Wilton take the Pocklington road southward.  Next follow a signed public path uphill to the little village of Great Givendale (visit the tiny church of St. Ethelburga if you have time).
  • Head south along the road for a short distance and then turn right into a wooded path.  After a while pass through a gap in the hedge on your left to enter into a wide arable field.  Follow the field edge path in a southwesterly direction until you can take a second path branching off to the right into an open access area.  The view over the Vale of York is stunning on a clear day.
  • Take the path downhill and at the bottom cross into the next field on your left and head southward to the road.  Follow the road through Meltonby.  (At this point you can choose to take the short cut - see the map).  Next take the lane to Yapham.  From Yapham follow the path at Mill Farm northward.
  • After about ½ mile (1 kilometre) you will reach Bishop Wilton Beck.  Follow the beckside path back to your starting point.
Start Point
Bishop Wilton (near the Fleece Inn)
End Point
Bishop Wilton (near the Fleece Inn)
Towns & Villages
Great Givendale, Meltonby and Yapham
ParishBishop Wilton
Start Easting
Start Northing
End Easting
End Northing
Further Information
Features of Interest
-  There is a church at Bishop Wilton, along with the site of a former bishop's palace.   
-  Great Givendale was once home to the heirs of the Halifax Estate.   
-  The exquisite tiny St. Ethelburga's Church lies in a tranquil, wooded setting.  Rebuilt in 1849 using old materials it has a Norman chancel arch. 
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.