Yorkshire Wolds Walking and Outdoor Festival

The Yorkshire Wolds Walking and Outdoor Festival – walking, cycling, boating, running, canoeing, wildlife photography and even meditation… there’s certainly plenty going on if you want to get involved…

The fourth Yorkshire Wolds Walking and Outdoor Festival has just been launched, and will run from 13to 21 September, offering a whole range of ways for us to discover the beautiful countryside on our doorstep. The festival has come a long way since the initial pilot weekend in 2011 and has proved a big hit, both with local people and those coming from further afield. “At many of the events there has been a mixture of locals and visitors,” said Barbara Macniven from Visit Hull and East Yorkshire. “It gives local people a different perspective and offers the opportunity to rediscover your own area.”

Walking

Walking events include a chance to walk the Londesboro’ Loop (7 miles) with the Market Weighton Walkers are Welcome group, and a coastal walk (10 miles) from Danes Dyke with the Pocklington Ramblers. For those wanting something a little less challenging, try one of the Walking for Health walks, such as the 1.5 hour walk around Market Weighton and its rural surroundings, which finishes off in the church for tea, coffee and toast.  There are also wildlife walks and several history walks, including a Beckside Bumble led by historian Gordon Scaife, which explores the origins of the Beverley Beck.

Cycling

If you’ve been inspired by the Tour de France to get on your bike, the festival offers you the chance to do so, in conjunction with Sky Ride Local. A beginner’s ride at Sewerby and the seafront is just over 3.5 miles, almost flat and traffic free apart from the land train. If you’d like to be challenged, other rides include a 30-mile circular from Beverley, through scenic countryside and villages such as Cherry Burton, Middleton on the Wolds and Nunburnholme.

New This Year

An interesting new addition this year is a walk around one of East Yorkshire’s arable farms, which is also managed for wildlife. The informal tour is led by professional photographer Les Gibbon, and takes in the Foulness River where kingfishers and otters can be sighted. It includes a photography session in one of the wildlife hides, overlooking a pool visited by farmland song birds, game birds, buzzards and sparrow-hawks.
A couple of watery activities have also been added to this year’s brochure: try out canoeing in North Cave, or to take a self drive boat for a trip on the River Hull and Driffield Navigation.

Free downloadable brochures for the event are available at www.visithullandeastyorkshire.com.