Bishop Burton

Bishop Burton

Route: Skidby to Bishop Burton (High Hunsley Circuit stage 1)

Area: East Yorkshire

Date of walk: 7th January 2021

Walkers: Andrew and  Gilly 

Distance: 5.9 miles

Ascent: 350 feet

Weather: Sunny, very cold

A good weather forecast enabled us to plan a walk today, one that we’ve not done before. We decided to follow the High Hunsley Circuit from Skidby to Bishop Burton. The route is a 25 mile circular walk devised by the late Dennis Parker, former Chairman of the Beverley Group of the Ramblers’ Association. Although it would be theoretically possible to complete the full walk in a day during the long days of summer, it’s usually broken down into stages. This means it becomes a series of linear walks, so that two cars or local transport are needed 

We left one car in the nearby village of Bishop Burton and returned in the other to our start point, Skidby. The village is well known locally for its impressive four-sailed mill standing on top of a hill. Unlike most surviving mills it still has all of its original outbuildings around the courtyard. The Museum of East Riding Rural Life is located here. We’d normally have started the walk here, but there was no point as the Museum is closed on account of the Covid virus, and the mill has had its wings clipped – the sails have been removed recently, presumably for maintenance

We left Skidby and headed across the fields towards Risby. An overnight frost meant that the otherwise muddy paths were as hard as rock. The path then took us through the lovely countryside of Risby Park and into the village of Walkington, the half way point of today’s route. Beyond Walkington we walked over Bishop Burton Wold and into the lovely village of Bishop Burton to complete an enjoyable walk and stage 1 of the High Hunsley Circuit

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