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Muddy track through the woods
Muddy track through the woods

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Route No. 163
Monday 16 January 2006
Wetwang circuit - 13km
Yorkshire Wolds . . .

Maps: OS Explorer 294 Market Weighton & Yorkshire Wolds Central at 1:25000
Route Map on 'Landranger' base from OS Open Space service

A flock of gulls was the onlt feature of this huge field
A flock of gulls was the onlt feature of this huge field

We followed the path across the fields for about 700m to a road and walked along the grass verge of the road for about 250m to map ref. SE 918597. Here we turned right on to a wide green road between the fields. We continued along this green road for about 4km to map ref. SE 949615 where we turned right on to a bridleway down the edge of a field. The fields here are huge and largely featureless. Not very pretty but good for industrial scale farming

This morning I met two friends in Wetwang on the Yorkshire Wolds. It's not a very pretty place and it was a dismal grey drizzly morning. The main road through the village was quite busy with heavy lorries. We headed west along the main road for about 300m and turned right down a lane at the end of the houses and after another 100m turned left on to a footpath at map ref. SE 928591.

Walking the wide green road north of Wetwang
Walking the wide green road north of Wetwang

Walking the wide green road north of Wetwang
Walking the wide green road north of Wetwang
The wide green road north of Wetwang
The wide green road north of Wetwang

Endless ploughed field
Endless ploughed field

A friendly greyhound came bounding across the field to be patted and a rider caught us up and complained that the dog was following her. She knew where it lived but was not keen to have it running round her horse all the time. The rider trotted off ahead of us shouting ineffectively at the dog to "Go home!" as they disappeared into the distance.

The weather had not improved and the track had been turned into a sea of mud by the huge machines needed to work these enormous fields. We continued to the main road (A166) at map ref. SE 953593. We crossed the road and continued along the bridleway on the other side for about 1.5km to a lane at map ref. SE 955580. Briefly the weather improved and we caught a glimpse of the sun.

Muddy track throught woods
Muddy track throught woods

A wolds farm on a low ridge
A wolds farm on a low ridge

We walked along the lane for about 150m and then turned right onto a path across the fields back to the village. From the edge of Wetwang we walked down a short cul-de-sac leading to an alleyway which brought us onto the main road just opposite a short service road where we had parked. The whole route had been about 13km and had taken us around 4 hours to walk including a couple of short refreshment stops.

At the lane we turned right and followed the lane to the B1248 at map ref. SE 946580. We crossed the road and continued on a track across the fields. We could see Wetwang now on a low ridge away to our right. The track became bordered with trees and we continued for about 2km from the road to map ref. SE 930571 where we turned right on to a track heading back towards Wetwang for about 1.3km to a lane at map ref. SE 927583.

Wooded track returning to Wetwang
Wooded track returning to Wetwang