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5 reasons to shop local in 2022

For you, for Yorkshire, for the world… Discover our top 5 reasons to shop local in 2022.

Keelham Farm Shop – Skipton

January is a month for new beginnings. Following a December of rest and reflection, we use the new year as an opportunity for reinvention. A chance to consciously commit to new goals to change our lifestyle for the better.

Physical health is an ever-present trend in new year resolutions, popularised by challenges such as ‘Dry January’ and ‘Veganuary’. However, whilst we reconsider what we eat, we do not re-evaluate where our food comes from.

Food – from preference to production to place – is being portrayed as a game-changer for our climate emergency. Small changes in our normal habits could have a huge impact on slowing global heating. One of the easiest changes to make is to prioritise local produce, so play your part and shop local in 2022.

There are endless reasons to shop local apart from the environmental benefits. Buying directly from farmers in your area supports your community financially and gives you access to the freshest ingredients. It is also a more enjoyable experience than the standard supermarket rush! You will also be more aware of seasonal produce.

We challenge you to support Yorkshire food and drink producers by doing your bit to shop local in 2022. You will be amazed by the variety of innovative and delicious delicacies that are right on your doorstep!

5 reasons to shop local Yorkshire food and drink in 2022

1. Fresh Produce

A great benefit of buying local goods is you can be sure that they are fresh. This means more flavour and a longer shelf-life. You won’t find vegetables that have been picked the same day at your local supermarket! There is also more opportunity to eat organic produce that has been grown without the use of chemicals.

2. Support Your Community

We are lucky that Yorkshire has a great community spirit. What better way to celebrate that than by supporting the farmers who work the fields around you? Keeping money in your local community means more employment opportunities, more variety of produce, and more restaurants and cafés serving up Yorkshire food and drink.

3. More Sustainable

Planes, boats, trains, and cars bring produce to the UK from all over the world. Reduce your carbon footprint by prioritising homegrown Yorkshire fare where you can. Yorkshire has some of the best food in the world, so there is no need to go further afield! Shopping locally also means less packaging, and encourages you to eat seasonal produce which helps you to save some pennies and eat Yorkshire food when it is at its best.

4. More Enjoyable!

Let’s face it – pottering around your local town or market is a lovely way to love where you live! Popping into your local greengrocers, butchers, fishmongers and bakeries guarantees you a good chat and a few smiles, as well as superior quality produce.

5. Local Favourites

Shopping locally exposes you to less common delicacies that cannot always be found in the larger supermarkets. Take the opportunity to try speciality Yorkshire cheeses, for example, or a new fish from the ‘catch of the day’, or a honey that tastes like the heather of the North York Moors. Vendors will be happy to advise you based on your preferences and palette.

Welcome to Yorkshire Menu!

Our 2022 campaign – ‘Yorkshire Menu’ is finally here! We are celebrating Yorkshire’s food and drink by showcasing Yorkshire as the food and drink capital of the UK!

Yorkshire is the home to some of the most delightful food and drink options in the world and we can’t wait to show off some of the very best culinary highlights in the county, including:

  • Fine dining such as Yorkshire’s 16 commercial vineyards and 7 Michelin-starred restaurants (1 with a green Michelin star)
  • Notable and award-winning locations including – Bridlington: England’s biggest shellfish port and Bradford: 6 time Curry Capital of Britain
  • Local Yorkshire products such as Wensleydale and Swaledale cheeses and Yorkshire forced rhubarb.
  • A whole host of exquisite sweet and savoury food and drink vendors

What to expect

Yorkshire Menu will feature celebrated chefs, food and drink experts, a whole host of celebrities and the magnificent team of people who create the delectable delights that the county is famous for. The talented individuals involved so far include…

Minal Patel – Prashad
  • Prashad’s Minal Patel, who said “Welcome to Yorkshire’s the Yorkshire Menu is a great initiative to amplify the county’s fantastic food and drink businesses.”
Stephanie Moon
  • Multi-award-winning Consultant Chef Stephanie Moon, who said “I’ve travelled extensively and can honestly say that Yorkshire’s fabulous fresh produce combined with its lovely locations to dine and drink are simply world-class and that’s why I choose Yorkshire as my home and place to work.”

Yorkshire Menu will incorporate Yorkshire on Tour, Eat Around the World, mouthwatering recipes, food and drink trails, and a calendar of competitions and creative campaigns. Our creative campaigns will consist of podcasts, lists, videos, blogs across all of our social media and digital channels which will be sure to satiate your appetite for content.

Get involved with ‘Yorkshire Menu’

We invite you to participate in #YorkshireMenu by sharing your favourite places to eat and drink.

The campaign will also allow the opportunity for businesses and organisations to sponsor events and promotional activities throughout the year.

Get started by checking out our entrée to the campaign, our launch video.

Stay tuned for much more.

Your Food … Your Drink … Yorkshire!

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Vegan Yorkshire

As Veganuary in Yorkshire commences, you may well be considering eating a vegan diet. This can be a difficult thing to do without sufficient research. This blog will assist those of you in Yorkshire that may be considering making the lifestyle change.

According to this study by the University of Oxford, a plant based diet could save millions of lives and dramatically cut greenhouse gas emissions so reducing meat consumption could be beneficial to everyone and what better way to start than with Veganuary?

Whether you are trying to reduce your animal product consumption or aiming to be a lean mean green eating machine, here are some ideas and advice for Veganuary in Yorkshire.

Don’t treat Veganuary like a chore

Vegan options have never been better in the UK. Most fast food restaurants have a vegan option, KFC offer a vegan burger, Greggs have a few vegan options including the now famous vegan sausage roll. Furthermore, most supermarkets have vegan options in their meal deals and vegan and vegetarian aisles.

There’s no need to just focus on the big brands though. It’s worth checking out your local, independent shops, cafes and restaurants, most of which will now boast varied vegan options.

It is not as difficult to be vegan as it once was and therefore it’s important not to treat it like a restriction. It is better to think about the options that you are opening up to yourself by trying vegan eating.

Be Flexible with Veganuary

If you don’t always strictly stick to vegan options, that’s OK. Don’t be too hard on yourself. You don’t have to be all vegan all the time.

Remind yourself that if you eat something non-vegan, you don’t have to give up and go straight back to cheese and meat boards immediately. Being flexible with veganism can be good for your health and for the environment.

Yorkshire Vegan Confectionery

An important consideration with veganism is that you don’t just have to limit yourself to the vegan and vegetarian aisles at the supermarket. There are many foods and confectionery products that are accidentally vegan, as seen here.

It is still possible to support local businesses as many of the items on these lists are Yorkshire products, this includes…

  • Foxes’ Mini Party Rings
  • Mr Kipling’s Treacle Tart & Apple and Blackcurrant Pie
  • Rowntrees Jelly Tots which were invented by accident in Leeds
  • Haribo Rainbow Twists Sour
  • Yorkshire-based Chocolatier, Whitakers became the UK’s first chocolatier to offer a vegan selection box this Christmas, continuing a trend of Yorkshire confectioners leading the way in vegan sweets and chocolate
  • Dukes Donuts in Leeds boast vegan doughnuts which are all huge and satiate a sweet tooth
  • Rowntrees Fruit Pastilles are now Vegan friendly

As is evident, there is a distinct rise in vegan products in general. In 2019, The Vegan Society registered 14,262 products with The Vegan Trademark. This was a 49% increase on the year before.

If you wish to make the effort to be vegan this January, there are plenty of products that you can enjoy while supporting local business with this number sure to grow each year.

Places to eat vegan food in Yorkshire

You can read about a tasty selection of vegan restaurants, cafes and other options here to help with your Veganuary in Yorkshire. Some highlights include

  • Prashad – a vegetarian Indian restaurant in Bradford (which as a city is the multi-year Curry Capital of Britain)
  • Döner Summer – Vegan junk food with locations across the county.

Useful Links

NHS advice for Vegan eating.

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Take a look at the Yorkshire Menu homepage.

Dry January, Yorkshire Breweries

Dry January

Kicking off 2022 with a no alcohol challenge? Fret not. Yorkshire is home to highly regarded breweries, and some of them have been working their magic on low and no alcohol brews. All the flavour, but alcohol-free. Support local businesses by trying some at home or by seeking them out in your local pub or restaurant.

East Yorkshire

Wold Top Brewery, Driffield

Made using malting barley grown in the Yorkshire Wolds, and their own water supply, you arguably can’t get more provincial than this.

Intuition

West Yorkshire

Northern Monk, Leeds

A brewery which combines traditional monastic values with modern progressive techniques, this one is an alcohol-free hazy pale.

Holy Faith

North Brewing Co, Leeds

If tropical tastes are right up your street, this is the one for you. Smooth, fruity beer coming up.

Brulo X North – Mango + Guava

Saltaire Brewery, Shipley

With citrusy and bitter flavours, it’s a classic pale ale taste that’s low in alcohol. Clever name too.

Northern Light

North Yorkshire

Heck, Bedale

Chances are you’ll have heard of Heck sausages; well you can also sip on an alcohol-free IPA to boot.

The Great Heck

C’84 Brew Co, Cropton

An experimental brewery found in a disused quarry just outside of North York Moors National Park, aside from a range of unique flavours they also brew a 0.5% IPA.

24 Hour

South Yorkshire

Abbeydale Brewery, Sheffield

Founded in the 90s, it’s a Sheffield institution which now has two tasty low alcohol brews on offer. They’re both Vegan and Gluten Free too!

Restoration Table Beer

Unbeliever Lemon Radler

Looking for more Yorkshire beverage inspiration? See Yorkshire Breweries and Delicious Drinks.

Yorkshire Gastropubs in Estrella’s Top 50

Estrella recently announced the 2022 Top 50 Gastropubs in the UK, we’re proud to see that each region of Yorkshire is represented throughout. We’ll take you on a tour of the 6 Yorkshire Gastropubs to grace the top 50.

3rd – The Star Inn at Harome

The Star Inn at Harome is at home among the greatest gastropubs. The pub has an incredibly picturesque setting and a Michelin star. The chef Andrew Pern uses a “rich man, poor man” style in the construction of his dishes which has led to the creation of delicious puddings such as the Oak Church Cherry Soufflé with Bitter Hot Chocolate Sauce and Parma Violet Ice Cream and an elaborate take on a ‘Marathon’ bar.

It’s testament to the Star Inn that it was able to achieve such a high rating despite an unfortunate fire closing the inn down in November – Pern has reassured those of us desperate to dine at The Star Inn that they will be back.

4th – The Angel at Hetton

The Angel at Hetton is another of Yorkshire’s Michelin-starred gastropubs and is widely regarded as the UK’s original gastropub. 2022 Chef of the Year Michael Wignall took over at The Angel in 2018, just 12 months before leading it to a Michelin star.

The Angel has featured in the Top 50 Gastropubs three years in a row since Michael took over, leaping from 50th in the 2020 list to 11th in the 2021 list and now jumping to 4th in 2022!

23rd – The Pipe and Glass – South Dalton

James and Kate Mackenzie took over in 2006 and have since transformed The Pipe and Glass into East Yorkshire’s first Michelin-starred eatery. The pub serves up modern and intriguing takes on classics such as a Yorkshire lamb Barnsley chop, served with devilled kidneys, lamb shoulder boulangere potato and mint sauce.

This warm, comfortable Yorkshire country pub sits at 23rd on the prestigious Gastropub top 50. This is an accolade which it adds to a glowing list of others, including the title of Michelin Pub of the Year, the Good Pub Guides ‘National Dining Pub’ and ‘Yorkshire Dining Pub’ of the Year, as well as the Good Hotel Guides ‘Inn of the Year’.

30th – The Moorcock Inn – Norland Moors

The Moorcock Inn is West Yorkshire’s highest representative in the top 50. The gastropub describes itself as “cosy” pub champions and serve a deliciously traditional menu that uses homesteading techniques such as cooking over fire.

The location within the Ryburn Valley offers a beautiful view and the inn itself incorporates two acres of land which the owners are taming to provide for an organic kitchen garden.

31st – Shibden Mill Inn – Halifax

Shibden Mill Inn has received another accolade after recently featuring in our list of the best dog friendly pubs in Yorkshire!

This award winning country inn is squirreled away in the Shibden Valley only a ten minute drive from Halifax. The rustic inn dates back to the 1890s and the fresh, Yorkshire-centred menu serves up a variety of delicious meals – head chef Will Webster and his team have carefully curated nine menus to choose from – all of them look incredible. Shibden Mill also claimed the ‘Foodie Favourite’ award in this year’s Top 50 Gastropubs in the UK as ranked by Estrella.

41st – The Hovingham Inn – Hovingham

Richard and Lindsey Johns have transformed The Hovingham Inn (FKA The Malt Shovel) into a top 50 gastropub with a renovation and a menu focusing on modern British classics.

Yorkshire also had three other pubs featured within the top 100 which should all also make it onto your list of great Yorkshire gastropubs to visit.

Useful Links

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Cheeses of Yorkshire

Today is National Cheese Lovers Day and Yorkshire may well be the county that loves cheese the most. Yorkshire is home to three protected geographical cheeses and a whole host of cheesemongers across the four counties. Here’s a taste of the cheese of Yorkshire.

Protected & Famous Yorkshire Cheeses

  • Wensleydale – Wallace’s favourite cheese is produced exclusively in North Yorkshire. Wensleydale is a supple and crumbly medium cheese and belongs on your cheeseboard without question. You can learn much more about this famous cheese at the Wensleydale Creamery. The creamery offer tours and tasters at their visitor centre in the beautifully picturesque Hawes. You can even take a look at the cheese-making video from the Wendsleydale Creamery below.
  • Swaledale – Swaledale Cheese and Swaledale Ewes’ Cheese are both protected. Only a few people know the secret recipe to this hard, full fat cheese. Swaledale has been produced in the Yorkshire Dales since 1156.
A selection of Swaledale Cheeses.
  • Yorkshire Dama Cheese – Raghid and Razan Alsous are Syrian refugees who produce a halloumi style cheese in Sowerby Bridge. They featured alongside their cheese on a recent episode of The Hairy Bikers.
  • Barncliffe Brie – Danny and Carole Lockwood produce this handmade Yorkshire Brie near Huddersfield. It is available at Blacker Hall Farm Shop.

Cheese in Cheesemongers

Yorkshire cheeses go far beyond our protected and other famous cheeses. We also have a number of delicious cheese producers throughout the county. Some of our highlights are…

  • Cryer and Scott – an award-winning family run West Yorkshire cheesemonger in Castleford and a cheese supplier and distributor.
  • Let it Brie – this cheese shop and bistro in Scarborough can deliver a range of cheeseboard related products right to your door – from jams, chutneys to cheeses themselves Let it Brie is a great option.
  • Love Cheese –  the only specialist cheese and deli shop in York. They specialise in local cheeses and are all cheese enthusiasts who won’t hesitate to help you put together the perfect cheesboard for you.

Useful Links

Tuck in to more #YorkshireMenu content here and read more posts just like this on our blog.

A Very Merry Walkshire Christmas

Here at Welcome to Yorkshire, we have spent a year celebrating walking in Yorkshire. Inspired by the local community as we walked our way through lockdown, we decided to provide a Yorkshire walk a day for all 365 days of 2021.

To round off Walkshire, we have created this Christmas special. Television shows often feature clip shows as part of their Christmas episodes, highlighting some of the best bits of the season that came before. They may also feature letters from the viewers or a ‘mailbag’ segment as an ingenious way of padding out time. For today’s walk of the day, we have decided to do both!

Best of Walkshire

Cow and Calf and Twelve Apostles Walk – Ilkley

One of my personal favourite walks, this route takes you up around the Cow and Calf and towards the Twelve Apostles. On your way up through Ilkley Moor (bar t’At) you will pass picturesque locations including streams, waterfalls and woods.

Barnsley Boundary Walk

This 73 mile loop is a superb route and incorporates a number of locations across South Yorkshire, including Cannon Hall and Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

Sheffield Botanical Gardens

This short walk through Sheffield Botanical Gardens is perfect for a taste of nature within the city. The horticultural and botanical significance of the gardens is astounding as there are over 5,000 species of plant within.

Malham Cove

Malham Cove is a fantastic walk in the Yorkshire Dales, this route is a 4 mile walk incorporating Gordale Scar & Janet’s Foss. Along the way you will spot famous locations which have featured in films including Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One and TV shows such as The Witcher.

Spurn Point

Yorkshire’s own Lands End is a 6 mile walk along the Spurn National Nature Reserve. The East Riding of Yorkshire walk is fascinating as there sections of it that are only 50 metres wide and you can see out to sea and back towards land.

The Walkshire Mailbag

Thank you to everyone who sent through their submissions to Yorkshire Christmas Walks, here are a few of the best!

Anglers Country Park and Haw Park Wood – Sue Billcliffe

Photo Credit to Sue Billcliffe

“A beautiful but easy 3 mile stroll around Anglers Country Park Lake, Wakefield surrounded by stunning scenery. There are plenty of birds to see too. Wrap up warm and enjoy! You can also take a longer walk into Haw Park Wood just a little further up from the park”

Coxwold Church to Newburgh Priory – Simon Scott

Photo Credit to Simon Scott

“A lovely gentle walk starting at the historic Church of St Michael in the picturesque village of Coxwold with its splendid tombs and impressive octagonal tower. Simply walk down the hill past the crossroads with its ancient spring constantly running, and walk on towards the gates of Newburgh Priory. On your way you can rest at a tranquil lake and see all sorts of wild birds. The perfect stroll after a Christmas lunch!

If you want a detour to extend the walk, then you can simply go up Colley Broach Road with Newburgh Priory to the South and views to the Kilburn White Horse to the North. Without the detour this is a gentle 3 mile walk there and back from Coxwold Church to Newburgh Priory on the edge of the North York Moors and the Hambleton Hills.”

The Wolds Rangers Way – Mark Blakeston

Photo from Shutterstock

“The Wolds Rangers Way is a challenging circular trail which winds its way 43 miles over the Yorkshire Wolds through amazing chalk landscapes with dry valleys with stunning wildlife alongside vibrant market towns and ancient Wolds villages. It also captures the unique history of the Wold Rangers and ensures that their names and stories live on forever.”

Newmillerdam – KT from the Loch

Photo from Shutterstock

“A lovely woodland walk around Newmillerdam, Wakefield, where you can see ducks, birds and squirrels. There is a fun trail for kids to get involved with. You can walk around the water or you can add bits of woodland trail to make it longer. If you start and finish at the car park you pass the lovely Boathouse near the end. This boathouse is perfect for a delicious hot chocolate or tasty treat, where dogs are welcome too.”

Hole of Horcum – Craig Nattress

Photo Credit – Craig Nattress

“Over Christmas take a seven mile ramble around the Hole of Horcum in the North York Moors National Park, stopping off at The Horseshoe for a warming drink or meal in front of the open fire, or walk down to Dalby Forest and around the Bridestones. A winter warmer!”

Beningbrough River Walk – Emma Beaumont

Photo Credit – Sue Jordan, National Trust

“This easy to follow 3 and a half mile route in Hambleton is fully waymarked and gives a stunning tour of the parkland surrounding NT Beningbrough Hall allowing views of both the estate and the river. It is an enjoyable stroll for all the family over the Christmas period. The walk is suitable for children and dogs and provides a variety of scenery including the river, woodland and fields.”

Thank You & Useful Links

As a year of Walkshire draws to an end, thank you to all the people that have worked on Walkshire and all the contributors who helped with the creation of the content that led Walkshire to become award nominated.

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dog in christmas jumper

Lotherton Christmas Lights Walk

Lotherton Christmas Lights Walk is a great festive family day out. With sparkly Christmas lights and a gorgeous hall in the background, it has all the ingredients for the perfect evening in December.

A very excited Merlin wanted to try out every station himself – he made a good drummer!

merlinthechocolatewizard
Playing the drums
dog in christmas jumper
The level of mud is intense!

Merlin’s Elf jumper was very on theme but did become victim to the muddy walk!

12 days of christmas
7 maids a milking plus a furry chocolate one!

It’s a fun theme of the 12 days of Christmas song with an activity station for each day – we sang the song a lot as we walked around. Each is either a photo opp or an interactive musical station or game.

lotherton dog walk
3 French Hens!
dog walks in yorkshire
The Muddy Elf Dog!

The walk is covered with bark chips so isn’t completely boggy – it got a bit stickier on the popular activities. Parking is easy and hot chocolate was good too.

There were some crafty Christmas stalls and mulled wine too. For the kids, you can book to make a decoration and do some Christmas crafts too.

Lotherton is very dog friendly – just the animal area they can’t go in. There’s even a field they can run free in so it makes a good family day out with a dog.

HAPPY CHRISTMAS FROM MERLIN THE CHOCOLATE WIZARD

View of Haworth

Haworth Village and Park

This easy 1-mile walk through Haworth village and park has something for all members of the family.

December is one of the best times to visit the village of Haworth. Its unique shops, fascinating heritage and pretty cobbled streets make it a great Christmas shopping destination in Yorkshire.

Haworth’s cobbled streets

Haworth is easily accessible by bus and it really is a stress free way to get to the village, especially when it’s cold and gloomy outside.

This 1-mile walk first takes you through Haworth’s central park. The park has a traditional bandstand, smooth pathways suitable for prams, and a playground that children of all ages will enjoy.

After the stroll through Haworth park, head down the main street of the village. Here you can browse the fascinating shops and stop for lunch at one of the fantastic cafés serving delicious local food and beverages.

For details of the route and a top tip of where to eat in Haworth when visiting with younger children, the full walk can be found here.

deep dale pic

Bishop Wilton and Deep Dale Circular

This 8-mile circular walk from Bishop Wilton to Deep Dale is a magnificent way to take in the Wolds in the East Riding of Yorkshire. Along with enormous views across the Vale of York, you get to walk within chalk wold dales that are quiet, remote and beautiful.

As you shall see, I did this walk in early December and had the pleasure of many seasons in one day. From an early snowfall to glorious winter sunshine, with autumn colours still abound.

bishop wilton

And to add to all that, the walk begins and ends in the pretty village of Bishop Wilton, not far off the A166. It is a gorgeous village to explore in its own right with a small convenience shop and, right in the middle, the local pub called The Fleece Inn.

Parking spaces are available around and about the village green area near the pub but please be respectful of people’s property and space.

So. What better place is there to start and end this walk but at The Fleece itself?

The Fleece

For your information, I did this walk in a clockwise direction and have put the GPX on the Walkshire Map to help.

OK. Imagine you are coming out of the pub door, head immediately right and go along the lane for a couple of hundred metres. Then head up the last lane on the left before leaving the village. Follow the lane and it will soon turn to path and continue on, following the yellow waymark arrows. You will soon enter a field where you begin your trek uphill.

dogs and tree

That first bit certainly gets the heart and lungs going and we soon warmed up.

Once it levels up you are on Stonetable Hill. Follow the path around the edge of the top beside the field. You get amazing views across the Vale of York as you walk. You can see for miles, especially on a clear day.

view from stonetable hill

As you follow the contour of the valley around the hill it clears ahead with Worsendale Plantation as your next landmark to head to.

on stonetable hill

The path heads to the right of the trees and after a gate you keep the plantation to your left and head straight on to the end of the field where you turn right and uphill again. Not so steep though this time.

bishop wilton wold

The dogs were absolutely loving the walk. Freedom to run and play. It was certainly doing a job of tiring them out happily.

It is up here that you reach Bishop Wilton Wold. Otherwise known as Garrowby Hill. The highest point in the Yorkshire Wolds. Not a mountain but a fine place with fine views and nature that is for sure. The view back over The Vale of York was bigger than ever so far.

views galore

At the end of this field you come to a lane. Cross over and carry on directly opposite along the public footpath.

It is here that you drop down into Deep Dale. A wonderfully secluded and tranquil dale that is full of sights and nature yet completely quiet. I dropped down into and up the other side without seeing another soul.

This is one of those great valleys that you need to walk to to explore, not just park up within.

deep dale

After the early snow showers the sun had not broken above the trees to melt it so we walked from sunshine to a winter scene almost immediately.

You drop down to the heart of the dale and then almost immediately climb up the other side. The path then heads left at the top along a path above the valley.

heading out of deepdale

Eventually you will meet a road. This is the section were you will need to put the leads on the dogs. For now there are two miles of road walking. It is not busy though at all in my experience. Once at the road turn right along it.

lane walk

After a mile or so the lane meets a bigger road at a signposted junction. But all you need to do is keep going straight on and downhill, towards Millington.

millington sign

Don’t just keep your head down and look straight ahead, there is joy to be seen either side of the road. The Vale of York opens up again to your right and views of fields and beyond to your left.

After the snow I got some surreal views.

snow and fields

After a mile from the junction there is a gate off to your right where the path takes you down and down.

Again, the variety of views on offer just keep on coming at every turn.

wolds view

The path ahead is off through those trees in the pic above. From open fields to a woodland walk. Nice indeed!

This tree-lined Dale is a magical place to walk through.

dog in woods

Towards the end of this dale and woods you will see appearing the gorgeous little Church of St. Ethelburga.

Church of St. Ethelburga

This landmark tells you that you are arriving at Great Givendale, a beautiful little hamlet. From the church, cross the road directly and along the lane that goes through the hamlet itself.

After the houses you will see a path heading right along a track and you take this route.

Before long the track heads right again through a gate and along a narrow path that traverses the contours of the hill with open views to your left.

dog on wolds

Keep following the yellow arrows and before long you start heading down and down, with Bishop Wilton unmistakeably ahead.

Once back down to the road, turn right and you will head straight back to the The Fleece Inn.

I have to say that if you want to do one walk that has every variety that the Yorkshire Wolds has to offer, then start with this one. No matter the weather, it will be a most memorable 8 miles well spent!