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!

allerthorpe woods dog walk

Allerthorpe Common and Waplington

This 5-mile circular walk around Allerthorpe Common and Waplington is situated near Pocklington, East Riding of Yorkshire. Allerthorpe Common and Woods are perfect for a dog walk! My dogs loved it and I know your dogs will too.

The pine woodland of Allerthorpe is very attractive to walk through, no matter what season, as the tracks are wide and easy to follow.

At exactly the half way point in Allerthorpe, you have the chance for refreshment or lunch at the very dog-friendly Plough Inn.

dog in the woods

The best place to start is the Forestry Commission car park on Common Lane on the west side of the woods.

If driving east from York on the A1079, before you get to Pocklington turn right onto Sutton Lane. After about a mile, turn left onto Common Lane. The car park will be on the right hand side after half a mile.

To start the walk, cross the road from the car park and through the gate into the common. Here you have 2 paths – to follow my route, take the left fork.

allerthorpe common path

Then just simply keep going straight on through the majestic pine woodland. The path is wide and clear, and yes thre is plenty of safe nature for the dogs to run, wander and play within.

The tree-lined surrounds change to keep variety as you walk. See high pines and colourful natural woodland. It is a joy for us as well as our pawed friends.

allerthorpe woodland

The wide path leads to a narrower woodland path and you walk within the deeper greenery for a mile or so, When you come out of the other side you walk along the track with a huge open green field on your right and this takes you into the small village of Allerthorpe, the halfway point and comes out right at the Plough Inn.

Plough Inn

The welcome at the pub is wonderful. No matter the weather it will feel cosy from snug, warm and comfortable within or in the sunshine outside.

The owners and staff are extremely dog friendly with Malc and Pete getting ever so fussed over.

inside the plough inn

Refreshed, it was time to get back into the fresh air and complete the second half of the walk. Head straight out ahead from the front door of the pub and continue down the road just a few hundred metres to the edge of the village.

Then you will take a right turn away from the road and onto a track. Along here you will feel the mix of urban and woodland. Quaint houses dotted here and there with manicured gardens set amongst the nature they are within. This is Waplington.

allerthorpe track

On the way back you are out of the thicker woodland and into more fielded open areas. The track is clear, wide and continuous so no worries about getting lost.

Eventually you will come to Warren Farm where you turn right and then left around the edge of the crop fields.

farm track

For me the colours of nature were so autumnal and had that wonderful natural orange vibe in the sunshine. But in the greens of summer or black and whites of winter, this is a fabulous walk to wander.

At the end of the fields you will see a gate straight ahead that takes you back into the woods and the path heads left after the gate, within the natural woodland and back to the car park you started at.

dog in woods

If you like flat walks full of a variety of nature then this is definitely a gem for you. Your dogs will love it too!

2 dogs in the woods

It makes for a super family walk too. A great 5 miles well spent in the East Riding of Yorkshire.

Merlin the Chocolate Wizard’s Sandsend Walk

This gorgeous beach always seems to have a micro climate of it’s own – and this walk was no different. Merlin the Chocolate Wizard, a 1 year old chocolate labrador, shares his adventures in Yorkshire with you – this month it’s Sandsend Beach near Whitby.

One of our favourite ever places to visit – and Merlin, our chocolate wizard, thinks this is the best end of Whitby for him. On the A174 past Whitby and parking at the Sandsend Car Park, you can walk from the car park straight onto the beach in a minute.

There are also a few cafes on the beach front, which are great and sell beach essentials. The pub is lovely for a beer garden stop off too at any time of the year.

As you meander along the beach, the distant cliffs make for a stunning backdrop, and on this crisp, clear day in January, the blue sky was reflecting on the flat sands.

Merlin, however, just saw the vast space as a playground for a game of throw and retrieve. It is sooooo amazing here – the flat sands are great for exercise and if he could, he’d run all day!

chocolate labrador beach

Another benefit of January at the beach means it isn’t crowded, yet you do get to meet other dogs who are in the know and clued in to this lesser-known gem of a destination.

beach friends dogs
Merlin met a new very furry friend – they ran and ran; its a real dog’s paradise on this walk with so much space for playful wrestling!

Further along the beach, away from the car park, any danger from traffic on the road is avoided with a steep slope There are steps all along the face that are fun to run up and down and walk along.

The pebbles on the beach make a great stone stack and are great to play the stone rainbow game – collect one of each colour!
The swimming here is awesome – the waves are frothy and you can go wave diving to fetch your ball!

As you come to the edge of the beach, the mini cliff is a good scramble for the kids and the dog, (can you spot Merlin in the rocks?!).

sandsend rocks

Up and over the rocks, after a short stroll you enter Whitby near the theatre and the whale bones – Magpie Cafe is the place to go for fish and chips!

Catching some air on my ball leaps – it’s my favourite thing to do
A doggie mince pie to celebrate the end of the walk – wrapped up in my ruff and tumble dog towel

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