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Walking up Welton Dale along the Wolds Way route
Walking up Welton Dale along the Wolds Way route

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Route No. 390 - Saturday 5 February 2011
Wolds Way, Welton, Welton Dale circuit - 13km
Yorkshire Wolds . . .

Route map from Ordnance Survey Open Space service.

Map: OS Explorer 293 Kingston upon Hull & Beverley at 1:25000


Leaving the tarmac lane for a muddy track near the start of the walk
Leaving the tarmac lane for a muddy track near the start of the walk

Stile into Long Plantation
Stile into Long Plantation

The weather forecast was awful, cold dull and rainy, but the rain did not come until they were well on their way home and it turned out to be a reasonable walking day. The lane is part of the Wolds Way and this continues towards Brantingham along a track where the lane makes a right angle bend. So from the parking area the group set off along the muddy track through some woodland towards Brantingham.

Today was the day of our monthly walk with a group of friends, but I'm hobbling round the house with two walking sticks after my knee operation. My friends have provided details of the route and copies of their photos so that I can add the route to the yorkshirewalks site. They all met on a lane about 2km above Brantingham at map ref. SE958303 where there is a wide area to park the cars at the start of a track where the lane makes a right angle bend.

Path through Long Plantation
Path through Long Plantation

View over The Humber from the edge of the Wolds above Brantingham
View over The Humber from the edge of the Wolds above Brantingham

Sign of spring - aconites coming into flower
Sign of spring - aconites coming into flower

Bark eaten away in the harsh cold of November & December last year
Bark eaten away in the harsh cold before Christmas

The A63 at Elloughton was close by and the traffic noise was quite intrusive. From there they continued along the road for about 1.5km to Welton, passing Elloughton United Reformed Church cemetery along the way.

About 1.5km from the start of the walk they turned left off the track to follow a path through the woods for almost 2km to a minor road in Elloughton Dale at map ref. SE949283.

Aconites and snow drops in flower
Aconites and snow drops in flower

Woodland path above Elloughton
Woodland path above Elloughton

Cemetery by the road near Elloughton
Cemetery by the road near Elloughton

St Helen's church by the duck pond in Welton
St Helen's church by the duck pond in Welton
The Green Dragon pub where Dick Turpin was arrested
The Green Dragon pub where Dick Turpin was arrested

Raikes Mausoleum
Raikes Mausoleum

Pond at Wauldby Manor Farm
Pond at Wauldby Manor Farm

It was built in 1818 for Sir Robert Raikes who moved to Welton House in 1805. The group sat on the steps of the mausoleum for their lunch. After the break they returned along the track and continued to map ref. SE969292 where they turned left towards Wauldby Manor Farm. The farm is in a very attractive setting with a small lake and the period outbuildings have been converted into up-market homes.

In Welton village they turned left at map ref. SE960274 to follow a path up Welton Dale. After about 2km they came to a 'T'-junction at the edge of the wood, map ref. SE966292. At the junction with the track they turned left along the edge of the wood for about 200m to see the Raikes Mausoleum about 50m off the track in the woods at map ref. SE965291. The mausoleum is a grade II listed building.

The ancient cattle well in Welton
The ancient cattle well in Welton

Walking up Welton Dale
Walking up Welton Dale

Tiny church by the pond at Wauldby Manor Farm
Tiny church by the pond at Wauldby Manor Farm

John, who led today's walk
John, who led today's walk

At Wauldby Manor Farm they turned right to follow the farm access road for about 1.5km to a lane at map ref. SE986296. Here they turned left to follow a track for about 400m down to Nut Wood. ( There's a nice little route round the wood on the walkingtheriding web site) At the junction in the track at the edge of Nut Wood they turned left to walk along the track for about 2km to a cross roads at map ref. SE963304. They continued across the cross roads and along the lane opposite for almost 500m back to the cars. The whole walk had been about 13km and it had taken around three and a half hours to walk including the lunch break at the mausoleum.

Towers of the Humber Bridge  seen from the access road to Wauldby Manor farm
Towers of the Humber Bridge seen from the access road to Wauldby Manor Farm

Background Notes:
This walk is in the southern end of Yorkshire Wolds not too far from the Humber Bridge. We start from a little parking area on one of the alternative routes of the Wolds Way above the village of Brantingham. The Wolds Way starts near the Humber Bridge and makes its way to the village of Welton where there are alternative routes, that come together again at Brantingham. The first part of our walk follows the Wolds Way route through some very pleasant woodland gradually descending from the top of the wolds with good views out across the Humber to Lincolnshire on the far bank. The path skirts round the edge of Brantingham and joins a road as it crosses the bottom of Elloughton Dale. We then continue on the Wolds Way on a path past Elloughton United Reformed Church cemetery in some pretty woodland. After a kilometer from the cemetary we reach the village of Welton. It's worth while turning into the village here. There is St. Helen's church next to a wide stream and an old duck pond that together form a moat around the church. With a large weeping willow by the pond it makes a very pretty scene. Opposite the church there's a good information board by the village hall with little anecdotes about the village and its people. Just below the church there is the Green Dragon pub. In the late 1730's, a horse thief called John Palmer once stopped here. He was not a man to be crossed and he soon got into a fierce argument with the locals and he ended up shooting a prize cockerel. The man was eventually arrested and whilst he was in custody it was discovered that John Palmer was an alias and his real name was Dick Turpin. He was tried at York assizes, for horse theft and duly hanged. We leave Welton along the alternative Wolds Way route up Welton Dale. Near the edge of the village there is an ancient spring and drinking trough in a gateway on the roadside with a plaque noting that there is a public right to drink from the spring and water your cattle there. As we leave the village, on the right, there is an old corn mill, built in the late 1700's, that has now been incorporated into a large residential property. Just beyond the mill are the old mill ponds that ensured there was always enough water to drive the 35 foot diameter mill wheel. Unfortunately this huge wheel itself is long gone. It's a pleasant path up Welton Dale through pasture land with woods on the left of the path. Near the top of the dale the path goes through the woods and off to the left about 150m into the wood there is a mausoleum. It's not easy to find amongst the foliage and the easiest way is probably from a concrete farm access road just to the north of the mausoleum, where there is a well worn path. The mausoleum was built by Robert Raikes in 1818 in a neo-classical style. He was the local land owner and a banker in Hull. It's quite an impressive circular building with a domed roof in a lovely quiet setting in the woods. From the mausoleum we follow the Wolds Way past Wauldby Manor. There's a pretty pond in the manor grounds with a small attractive chapel beside the pond and its willow trees. At Wauldby Manor we leave the Wolds Way briefly to make a loop out to Little Wauldby Farm. Along the track to this farm there is a view out to the Humber with the towers of the Humber suspension bridge clearly visible. We complete our circular walk back along the Wolds Way to the little parking area and the end of our walk for this week.

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