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Looking back over Pocklington from the edge of the Wolds
Looking back over Pocklington from the edge of the Wolds

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Route No. 386 - Friday 21 January 2011
Pocklington, Great Givendale church,
Millington, Kilnwick Percy circuit - 16km
Yorkshire Wolds . . .

Route map from Ordnance Survey Open Space service.

Map: OS explorer 294 Market Weighton & Yorkshire Wolds Central

This walk was contributed By Pete Crosby of Dunnington & is taken from the OS Explore web site


Looking back over Pocklington
Looking back over Pocklington

Then we turned left up Denison Road and easily found the lane on the right leading up to Chapel Hill. From here there is an excellent view back across Pocklington and looking north towards the first half of our route.

We started our walk today from the bus station in Pocklington on a cold morning with frost still on the ground. We worked our way through the streets on the B1246 for about 0.6km.

Phone mast above Pocklington by the Chalkland Way
Phone mast above Pocklington by the Chalkland Way


Looking North over Pocklington Beck from the Chalkland Way by the phone mast

The path through Pocklington Wood
The path through Pocklington Wood

Wind turbine off Woodhouse Lane near Pocklington Beck
Wind turbine off Woodhouse Lane near Pocklington Beck

From there we dropped down through the wood to Woodhouse Lane and a farm with the most unusual sight of a fighter jet plane in its yard.

Passing the telephone masts we entered the first part of Pocklington Wood and then onto the edge of Kilnwick Percy Golf club.

Kilnwick Percy golf course seen from the edge of Pocklington Wood
Kilnwick Percy golf course from the edge of Pocklington Wood

 A jet aircraft parked in a farm yard off Woodhouse Lane near Pocklington Beck
A jet aircraft parked in a farm yard

Approaching Grimthorpe Wood along the Chalkland Way
Approaching Grimthorpe Wood along the Chalkland Way

Stile where the Chalkland Way enters Grimthorpe Wood
Stile where the Chalkland Way enters Grimthorpe Wood

The Chalkland Way along the edge of the Wolds
The Chalkland Way along the edge of the Wolds

At the road we turned right for a 100metres before heading across fields to Grimthorpe Wood. We continued to follow part of the Chalkland Way, keeping an eye out for Red kites which we had seen in the area on a previous visit, until we arrived at Great Givendale

The path through Grimthorpe Wood
The path through Grimthorpe Wood

St Ethalburgas church in Great Givendale
St. Ethelburgas church in Great Givendale

Red bark of the dogwood between the ponds in Given Dale below the church
Red bark of the dogwood between the ponds in Given Dale below the church

St Ethalburgas church in Great Givendale
St. Ethelburgas church in Great Givendale

Inside St Ethalburgas church in Great Givendale
Inside St. Ethelburgas church in Great Givendale

The snowdrops were just beginning to emerge but it will be a week or two before they and the winter aconites are out fully.

In Great Givendale we took lunch in the sunshine on the seats at the lovely little St. Ethelburgas church.

St Ethalburgas church in Great Givendale
St. Ethelburgas church in Great Givendale

Looking down Given Dale from St Ethalburgas churchyard
Looking down Given Dale from St. Ethelburgas churchyard

The steep climb out of Whitekeld Dale towards Little Givendale farm
Steep climb out of Whitekeld Dale to Little Givendale fm

Track approaching the crossing of Millington Beck
Track approaching the crossing of Millington Beck

We chose to continue as we planned to take a tea stop later in the walk. Not long after entering the village a left turn took us down a track past the old mill to cross Millington beck and then begin the quite steep climb up to the hilltop at Warren farm and turn right keeping on the Minster Way to Warrendale Plantation.

We continued now onto the Minster Way through Givendale to the footbridge on Whitekeld beck. From the footbridge we climbed out past Little Givendale Farm passing more emerging snowdrops in the hedge bottoms. At the road we continue across and down into the village of Millington. There is a tea room in the village (open daily except Tue & Wed).

Snowdrops in the hedge bottom near Little Givendale Farm
Snowdrops in the hedge bottom near Little Givendale Farm

Fallen tree across Millington Beck
Fallen tree across Millington Beck

Looking back over Millington at the top of the climb
Looking back over Millington at the top of the climb

Clock tower at Kilnwick Percy Hall
Clock tower at Kilnwick Percy Hall

St. Helen's church at Kilnwick Percy
St. Helen's church at Kilnwick Percy

The main drive from Kilnwick Percy Hall
The main drive from Kilnwick Percy Hall

After 100 meters we turned left over a stile for our second time on the Kilnwick Percy golf course. This time we walked across the course following the Chalkland Way route and observed the power station at Drax in the distance with the plumes of steam developing into clouds, and finally back to Chapel Hill and through the streets of Pocklington to catch our bus home - Pete Crosby

We followed the path on the edge of the plantation and down to the road and kept straight on to Kilnwick Percy. Here we took the left turn after Home farm into the grounds of Kilnwick Percy Hall. The hall is now a Buddhist centre and a cafe (open daily except Mon,Tues) with a lake in the park and the Norman style church of St. Helen. After tea and cake and a stroll around the grounds we left by the main drive then turned right at the road.

The "World Peace Cafe" at Kilnwick Percy Hall
The "World Peace Cafe" at Kilnwick Percy Hall

Buddist Centre at Kilnwick Percy Hall
Buddhist Centre at Kilnwick Percy Hall

Looking South from the Chalkland Way to the plumes of steam from Drax power station
Looking South to the plumes of steam from Drax power station

Access road from Kilnwick Percy Hall
Access road from Kilnwick Percy Hall