Yorkshire Wolds

What to do in The Yorkshire Wolds

Although the Yorkshire Wolds were made famous by David Hockney’s painting ‘Bigger Trees near Warter’ (that was inspired by a stand of trees just a mile and a half away from Kipling House Barn as the crow flies), they remain a relatively hidden gem on the Yorkshire tourist trail. Characterised by wooded slopes, gently undulating hills and dry valleys, the Wolds rise to an escarpment on the western edge which then drops sharply to the Vale of York. The largest town in the Wolds is Driffield (11 miles away), with other notable places including Pocklington (eight miles), Thixendale (11 miles) and Kilham, the original capital of the Wolds.

Popular with walkers, The Yorkshire Wolds Way is a 79 mile national trail that starts on the banks of the Humber estuary at Hessle 20 miles from Kipling House Barn then climbs gently onto the top of the Wolds and finishes on the dramatic headland of Filey Brigg (30 miles away). The woods in the picturesque village of Millington are great for exploring and Geocaching in Londesborough is fun for all the family.

Food and drink lovers can visit the Yorkshire Wolds Cookery School which offers a class for all the family, chocolate making in Pocklington, alcohol tours at Wold Top Brewery and Little Wold Vineyard plus a gin distilling experience at Hotham's Gin School in Hull.

For lovers of historic houses and gardens, Sledmere House and Burton Agnes Hall are a treat and art lovers can follow the trail of David Hockney’s art locations from 'Bigger Trees near Warter' to 'Late Spring Tunnel May' near Kilham.

For the kids, award winning William's Den is a large indoor and outdoor playground made of natural materials and can be found near North Cave. Tie this trip in with a half-day alpaca trekking at Ings Park Alpacas and a lunch stop at Drewton's Cafe and Farm Shop.

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Places to Visit

Places to eat and food and drink producers in the Yorkshire Wolds

There are hundreds of fabulous places to eat and local food and drink producers in the Yorkshire Wolds. Here are just a few of our favourites:

Star Inn, Sancton

Ramblers Rest, Millington

Fiddle Drill, Goodmanham

The Wolds Inn, Huggate

Wold Top Brewery, Wold Newton

Side Oven Bakery, Foston on the Wolds

Little Wold Vineyard

Butterflies Chocolates


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