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An icy day on the Yorkshire Wolds near Wetwang
An icy day on the Yorkshire Wolds near Wetwang

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Route No. 454 - Saturday 4 February 2012
Wetwang, Thorn Dale, Green Lane,
Wetwang Grange circuit - 10km
Yorkshire Wolds . . .

Route map from Ordnance Survey Open Space service.

Map: OS Explorer 294 Market Weighton & Yorkshire Wolds Central
and OS Explorer 300 Howardian Hills & Malton


Setting off along the main street through Wetwang
Setting off along the main street through Wetwang

The village church in Wetwang
The village church in Wetwang

Today the walk was led by Peter, an experienced orienteer, so we are in safe hands! The route was just 10km today to allow everyone time to get home before the snow arrives. From the church we walked along the village street for about 150m and turned left along an alleyway and crossed the back lane to a path across the fields heading south. This is the route of the Chalklands Way.

The weather forecast indicated that the temperature wouldn't get much above freezing today and a substantial snow fall is expected to start late in the afternoon and continue overnight. This morning we met our usual group of friends by the church at map ref. SE932590 in the village of Wetwang on the Yorkshire Wolds for our regular monthly walk.

Leaving Wetwang along the Chalklands Way
Leaving Wetwang along the Chalklands Way

Leaving Wetwang along the Chalklands Way
Leaving Wetwang along the Chalklands Way

Heading for Thorn Dale on the Chalklands Way
Heading for Thorn Dale on the Chalklands Way

A very pleasant walk along Green Lane
A very pleasant walk along Green Lane

Approaching the B1248 along Green Lane
Approaching the B1248 along Green Lane

After about 1.2km we came to a track where the Chalklands Way turned right but we turned left to walk along the track, called Green Lane. It's a pleasant track between the trees across gently undulating farmland. We followed the track for a little over 1.5km to a road, the B1248 at map ref. SE946580.

The path turned round to the right (east) and came out on to a lane where we turned left. After about 100m the lane turned sharp right. At the bend we continued straight on still following the Chalklands Way route. The path here in in a shallow valley called Thorn Dale.

A very pleasant walk along Green Lane
A very pleasant walk along Green Lane

A very pleasant walk along Green Lane
A very pleasant walk along Green Lane

A very pleasant walk along Green Lane
A very pleasant walk along Green Lane

A very pleasant walk along Green Lane between the trees across gently undulating farmland
A very pleasant walk along Green Lane between the trees across gently undulating farmland

We crossed the B1248 and walked along a lane opposite for about 1km
We crossed the B1248 and walked along a lane opposite for about 1km

Left trun at a finger post through a gap in the hedge
Left turn at a finger post through a gap in the hedge

We crossed the road and took the path opposite
We crossed the road and took the path opposite

We crossed the road and took the path opposite. At the start of this path there were a few trees giving some shelter from the wind where we stopped for a few minutes for our lunch break.

We crossed the road and walked along a lane opposite for about 1km. Here we turned left at a finger post sign, through a gap in the hedge. We followed a path along the edge of the fields for about 1.3km to the main road to Driffield, the A166.

Path over the fields to the main road to Driffield
Path over the fields to the main road to Driffield

We stopped for a few minutes for our lunch break
We stopped for a few minutes for our lunch break

After lunch we continued along the track across the fields
After lunch we continued along the track across the fields

Track leading to Wetwang Grange
Track leading to Wetwang Grange

Farm road leading to Wetwang Grange
Farm road leading to Wetwang Grange

We followed the path around Wetwang Grange and walked along the farm access road back towards Wetwang.

After lunch we continued along this track to a junction at map ref. SE955598. Here we turned left and walked along the track towards Wetwang Grange farm.

Track leading to Wetwang Grange
Track leading to Wetwang Grange

Track leading to Wetwang Grange
Track leading to Wetwang Grange

Wetwang Grange farm
Wetwang Grange farm

Path around Wetwang Grange
Path around Wetwang Grange

There was a pretty solid layer of ice all over it. It certainly felt to be freezing still in the wind.

As we followed the farm road back towards Wetwang there was a small pond by the roadside.

Texel ewes near Station Farm
Texel ewes near Station Farm

Frozen pond on the road side
Frozen pond on the road side

The farm road from Wetwang Grange
The farm road from Wetwang Grange

The path through a gap in the hedge
The path through a gap in the hedge

This led to a path which we followed along the edge of a ploughed field. Below us on our right there was a small quarry that seemed to be for gravel extraction.

After about 700m along the farm road from Wetwang Grange we turned left to cross a shallow valley. Part way up the far side of the valley we turned right on a path through a gap in the hedge.

 

We turned left to cross a shallow valley
We turned left to cross a shallow valley

The path along the edge of a ploughed field
The path along the edge of a ploughed field

Below us on our right there was a small quarry that seemed to be for gravel extraction
Below us on our right there was a small quarry that seemed to be for gravel extraction

Children's play area on the edge of Wetwang
Children's play area on the edge of Wetwang

The time was a little after 2 o'clock leaving us plenty of time to get home before the snow arrived.

The path led us to the edge of Wetwang and through a small park and children's play area. We followed the road back into the village and our cars parked near the church.

Ducks being fed from a parked car
Ducks being fed from a parked car

The church in Wetwang at the end of our walk
The church in Wetwang at the end of our walk