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Well Dale - a typical wold valley cut into the flinty chalk
Well Dale - a typical wolds valley cut into the flinty chalk (taken from map ref. SE 860536)

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Route No 122 - Wednesday 5 January 2005
Huggate, Minster Way & Wolds Way circuit
Yorkshire Wolds

Map: OS Explorer 294 Market Weighton and Yorkshire Wolds Central at 1:25000
Route Map on 'Landranger' map base from OS Open Space service
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Start of the route - turn right opposite the ash tree
Start of the route - turn right opposite the ash tree

This morning we drove to map ref. SE 877544 about 0.5km to the south of Huggate in the Yorkshire Wolds. It was a cold windy day and rather overcast, but forecast to improve in the afternoon. We had parked in a lay-by formed by a large concrete apron, one of several along this road. Apparently they were part of a WII airfield that was never completed. We set off in a southerly direction for a couple of hundred metres and then turned right off the road onto the Minster Way - one of the long distance paths crossing the wolds. We continued along the Minster Way for about 3km to map ref. SE 849540 where is joins the Wolds Way in Nettle Dale. Here we turned right and took the path along Frendal Dale and up Tun Dale to the road at map ref. SE 856568. At the road we turned right again for about 150m and turned left in the farm road to Wold House Farm. On some grass beside the farm house is a lifesize bronze statue erected in recognition of a much valued farm worker on his retirement. We followed the path through the farm to join the Wolds Way at map ref. SE 874584. We turned right to follow the Wolds Way down a steepsided valley called Holm Dale, for about 1.5km to map ref. SE 884575.

Here we turned left off the Wolds Way over a stile along a footpath to map ref. SE 892573. At this point we turned left onto a public footpath that is not marked on the OS map yet. I think the path was created as a result of a diversion to take walkers away from Northfield House. The path took us to map ref. SE 895569 in Rabbit Dale. We walked along Rabbit Dale and through Cow Dale to the road at the edge of Huggate. We followed the road for just over a kilometer through Huggate and back to the car at our starting point. The whole route had been about 15km and had taken us about four and a quarter hours to walk including a short lunch stop. Looking over Millington Pasture from the Minster Way
Looking over Millington Pasture from the Minster Way
Highland Cattle in Millington Pasture
Highland Cattle in Millington Pasture
Highland Cattle in Millington Pasture
Highland Cattle in Millington Pasture
The burnt out stump of a fallen ash tree
The burnt out stump of a fallen ash tree

Climbing out of Tun Dale to the road
Climbing out of Tun Dale to the road

Coarse dry grass covers the valley sides
Coarse dry grass covers the valley sides

Bronze statue to a much valued farm worker, erected on his retirement
Bronze statue to a much valued farm worker,
erected on his retirement
Remains of a wood pidgeon in Tun Dale
Remains of a wood pidgeon in Tun Dale

Starting to drop down into Holm Dale
Starting to drop down into Holm Dale

Keasey Dale from the Minster Way
Keasey Dale from the Minster Way

Cattle grazing in Frendal Dale
Cattle grazing in Frendal Dale

Implement sheds on a Wolds Farm - farming on a grand scale
Implement sheds on a Wolds Farm - farming on a grand scale

Walking down Holm Dale
Walking down Holm Dale