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#55777 - 06/06/10 04:47 PM Wolds Way
Oldun Offline
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Any one done the Yorkshire Wolds Way ?

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#55804 - 07/06/10 11:47 AM Re: Wolds Way [Re: Oldun]
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I did it, but it was in 1993! I don't think it was very good, as it goes through a lot of agricultural/cultivated land where you are simply following field boundaries. Also, the paths and stiles were often overgrown, resulting in a lot of battling through skin irritating vegetation. The only nice, relatively remote bit was around Thixendale, where there was a semblance of ridge walking. It may have changed since then, but I wouldn't put it high on my list.

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#55806 - 07/06/10 01:33 PM Re: Wolds Way [Re: rogere]
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Thanks rogere

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#55809 - 07/06/10 04:04 PM Re: Wolds Way [Re: Oldun]
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I did the Wolds way about 5 years ago, although I worked on the development of it for the Countryside Commission (my picture is in the official booklet, so be warned if you buy it).

It is a very rural walk with only a couple of short steep sections. It is split evenly between rural countryside and the Yorkshire Wolds (hence, would you believe, its name). Funnily enough, most of the people that complete it thoroughly enjoy it, chiefly because it is different to the traditional idea of remote walking (The Pennine Way etc). You could complete it seeing very few other walkers ... which may be part of the enjoyment. You can, of course, continue from Filey and complete part of the coastal section of the Cleveland Way if you wish.

It is an enjoyable walk as it takes you through some interesting villages and you pass some good pubs en route (and decent tea shops). There is a booklet on it which details accommodation and transport, available by pot from the North York Moors office in Helmsley.

I have no hesitation in recommending it as a change from the hills. As it is a National Trail the paths and stiles are now OK as there is a full time trail officer maintaining them. The people who have responded to the surveys about it have all enjoyed it.

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#55814 - 07/06/10 07:26 PM Re: Wolds Way [Re: slowcoach]
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Hi slowcoach. Do you have an ISBN number of the best guide book for this trail. As you have done it the most recently, do you have any pointers on the best places to stay ?

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#55815 - 07/06/10 08:16 PM Re: Wolds Way [Re: Oldun]
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Obviously there is no competition as regards books, you must get the one with my picture in. The trouble is that they are now selling on Ebay for a three figure sum (1.25)

Seriously, the best one (in my opinion) is the HMSO guidebook "The Wolds Way" by Roger Ratcliffe. This comes complete with OS strip maps and a detailed guide. ISBN 0 11 700899 0

There is a free booklet about the walk which gives accommodation en route, accessibility, watering holes, camp sites, bus availability etc Available from most local Tourist Information centres or
The Wolds Way Officer
North York Moors National Park
Old Vicarage
Bondgate
Helmsley
YO56 4BP

This was produced as a result of one of the National Trail surveys and gives non locals most of the info that they need (excluding maps etc).

It is about 80 miles long and takes really between 5 and 7 days to do (sorry Slogger, 90 minutes and 7 days!)

As I said before you can extend it directly onto the Cleveland way and follow the coast to Scarborough, Whitby and Saltburn before it turns inland.

Some of the pubs are first class and there is a lot of history on the way (Google Goodmanham church. There are good views but not high mountains of course.

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#55845 - 08/06/10 04:25 PM Re: Wolds Way [Re: slowcoach]
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slowcoach. Is it possible that you could let me have the telephone number or email address of the office in Helmsley. Amazon will not ship this book out to me.

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#55860 - 08/06/10 10:20 PM Re: Wolds Way [Re: Oldun]
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No problem.

01439 770657 (plus the prefix for England whatever that is) and ask for Malcolm Hodgson the Wold's Way Officer.


His email address is
[email protected]

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#55945 - 10/06/10 04:42 PM Re: Wolds Way [Re: slowcoach]
Oldun Offline
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slowcoach. Am in contact with the office. All seems to be ok. Thanks

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#56071 - 16/06/10 12:33 PM Re: Wolds Way [Re: Oldun]
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Hi slowcoach. My Wolds Way book arrived today. Looks interesting. Am curious to know on which page is your photo?

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