Yorkshire Wolds Way, rolling hills and valleys

Yorkshire Wolds Way

79 miles Easy

The Yorkshire Wolds Way was designated as a National Trail in 1982 and runs for 79 miles from Hessle in the East Riding of Yorkshire to Filey in North Yorkshire. For most of its length, the path follows the chalk hills and valleys of the Yorkshire Wolds. This is a beautiful walk that is very much off the beaten track. One particular highlight is the deserted medieval village of Wharram Percy. David Hockney has also produced many paintings featuring the unique landscape of the Wolds.

The Yorkshire Wolds Way terrain is relatively easy, with the highest point on the path only 700 ft high. For much of its length, the path is level, with a few short inclines when coming out of the chalk valleys. The route is well signposted with the National Trails’ acorn symbol. Despite being a National Trail, this is a quiet walk and for much of the time you will have the countryside to yourself.

Yorkshire Wolds Way, an area of water in the dry chalk valleys of the Wolds of Yorkshire’s East Riding, lush grass and a small bridge crossing the water
Fish pond at Wharram Percy


  • Day 1   Hessle to South Cave – 13 miles
  • Day 2   South Cave to Market Weighton – 12 miles
  • Day 3   Market Weighton to Millington – 8 miles
  • Day 4   Millington to Thixendale – 12 miles
  • Day 5   Thixendale to East Heslerton – 17 miles
  • Day 6   East Heslerton to Filey – 17 miles

The most popular direction to do this walk is from South to North, but if you would prefer to go from North to South then this can be easily arranged. Both ends of the walk are near train stations in Hessle and Filey.


The price for a holiday walking the Yorkshire Wolds Way is £695 per person (based upon 2 people sharing). This includes:

  • Personalised itinerary for walking the Yorkshire Wolds Way on a self-guided basis over 6 days
  • 7 nights’ bed & breakfast accommodation on a double or twin room basis (this includes B&B for the night before you start and the day you finish)
  • Taxis for drop-off/pick-up where the B&B is not within easy walking distance of the Path
  • Baggage transfer for one bag per person between each night’s B&B
  • Advice on travel arrangements to and from the start and finish points
  • Ordnance Survey Explorer maps which can be downloaded onto the OS App
  • Harvey Waterproof Map for the Yorkshire Wolds Way
  • Standalone Safe Seat Plan Guarantee for each traveller issued by the Travel Trust Association
  • Kit checklist – covering boots & socks, clothes & waterproofs, and other useful kit
  • Helpline – you can call us at any time

Solo traveller price is £925. This is because most B&Bs do not have single rooms and so will charge almost as much for one person as for two.

Key Information:

  • Time of Year: this walk can be done at any time of year, although if you choose to go between November and March then you will have to contend with winter weather conditions and shorter daylight hours. Therefore, we would suggest that the best time to go is between April and October.
  • Terrain: The terrain is moderate. For much of its length, the path is relatively level with a few short climbs and descents. The walking surfaces are generally good, but can be muddy in places depending upon the time of year.
  • Waymarking: The route is well signposted with the National Trails’ acorn symbol.
  • Bed & Breakfast: We always aim to book good quality B&B accommodation as near as possible to the path. Despite the fact that the Yorkshire Wolds Way is a popular long-distance walk, there are not a huge number of B&Bs actually on the path itself or within easy walking distance. This means that sometimes the only option is to book B&Bs that are away from the path and arrange pick-up/drop-offs by taxi.
  • Refreshments: The downside to this walk being off the beaten track is that there are not many places en route where you can get a cup of coffee/piece of cake. We will let you know where you can find these places as part of your itinerary but whether they will be open depends upon the time of year, day of week and time you happen to be passing.

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