Still a relatively quiet location in terms of tourism, the Yorkshire Wolds are a range of low rolling hills rising from the river Humber and sweeping along to the stunning cliffs at Flamborough Head. It is a charming and sedate landscape peppered with pretty little villages and market towns. The Yorkshire Coast, North York Moors and beautiful city of York are also all within easy driving distance.
Gorgeous things to see and do in the Yorkshire Wolds
Take a hike
The gentle nature of the countryside here makes it an excellent location for walking and cycling. The Yorkshire Wolds Way is a 79 mile trail across some of the most gentle and tranquil countryside in England. If you prefer to do it on wheels there is also a new 150 mile well signposted cycle route around the Wolds taking in some of the region’s best scenery.
To the Manor born
The Wolds are home to many inspirational historical buildings and beautiful grand houses. Take your pick from the likes of Castle Howard, Sledmere House, Burton Agnes Hall, Sewerby Hall & Gardens, Scampston Hall & Walled Garden and Beverley Minster, to name just a few.
The Yorkshire landscape, and in particular the Yorkshire Wolds, was the inspiration for many of David Hockney’s stunning paintings in his recent Royal Academy exhibition. Take the Hockney trail and visit some of the locations so synonymous with his work. The village of Kilham is the setting for the July/Winter Tunnel series of paintings with the trees at Thixendale inspiring the incredibly vibrant Three Trees at Thixendale series.
Tea and tarts
Slow the pace a little and enjoy a good cup of Yorkshire tea and a Yorkshire Curd tart in one the many pretty villages and towns dotted across the Wolds. There are lots to choose from but for starters try Howden with its gorgeous Georgian town centre, the attractive little town of Pocklington and the charming villages of Bishop Burton, Lund, Millington and Sledmere.
Famous for Beverley Minster and St. Mary’s Church, Beverley is a pretty market town set on the edge of the Yorkshire Wolds. With a history dating back over 1,300 years, it is packed with historically significant and fascinating buildings. It’s also home to Beverley racecourse and the bustling Beverley markets. With lots of nice cafes and shops to mooch around it’s a lovely place to spend a day. Try to make it to Nellies pub for a pint – a true drinking mans pub and a real gem of a place.