Brantingham walk, Swin Dale


Route: North Newbald to Brantingham (High Hunsley Circuit stage 3)

Area: East Yorkshire

Date of walk: 14th March 2021

Walkers: Andrew, Gilly and James

Distance: 8.4 miles

Ascent: 1,100 feet

Weather: Sunshine and blue skies at first, but then clouding over with some light rain

Today’s walk would take us on stage 3 of the High Hunsley Circuit. 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 Brantingham, where there is parking at the village hall and the Triton Inn, and drove in the other to our start point, North Newbald

There is free parking in a field to the east of the village at the entrance to Swin Dale. We set off along Swin Dale, a classic dry chalk valley of the Yorkshire Wolds. The rolling landscape was shown at its best with sunshine and big skies, though sadly this wasn’t to last. At the end of the dale we climbed up to High Hunsley, the high point of the walk at 160 metres. From here we descended into East Dale, a wooded valley, where we followed the route of the Yorkshire Wolds Way, another long distance route which we’d completed nearly 5 years ago

At the end of East Dale there followed a series of ups and downs as we followed the undulating course of the Wolds Way. By now the weather had deteriorated, and the previously good light was replaced with flat white skies which did the scenery no favours at all. Eventually we arrived at journey’s end, the attractive village of Brantingham, where the Triton Inn is pleased to welcome thirsty walkers

Stage 1 – Skidby to Bishop Burton – 5.9 miles

Stage 2 – Bishop Burton to North Newbald – 8.2 miles

Stage 4 – Brantingham to Skidby – 7.5 miles

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