Chalkland Way

Chalkland Way 1

Route: Chalkland Way Stage 1 – Pocklington to Bugthorpe

Area: East Yorkshire

Date of walk: 24th February 2019

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 10.4 miles

Ascent: 900 feet

Weather: sun and blue sky but very hazy

The Chalkland Way is a 40 mile long distance walk which explores the most northerly chalk outcrop in Britain, visiting the hills and valleys of the Yorkshire Wolds. The route was first established in 1994 by Ray Wallis, and is a worthy addition to the other long distance walks in the region – the Wolds Way, the Centenary Way, the Minster Way and the Wilberforce Way

When we completed the Wolds Way nearly three years ago, we’d chosen fine weather days and ticked off the various stages over a period of time. We decided to adopt the same tactic in tackling the Chalkland Way. A bright sunny morning beckoned, and so without ado we set off to the start point

As this is a linear walk, we left one car at our destination in Bugthorpe and drove in the other to the market town of Pocklington. We started the walk from Target Lane and climbed up Chapel Hill, passing by Kilnwick Percy Golf Club, to enter into Pocklington Wood. There would normally be good views back over the Vale of York from the top of the hill but, as would prove to be the case throughout the remainder of the walk, the long distance views were completely obscured by the thick haze

After walking through woodland and fields we arrived in the village of Great Givendale, which for us was the scenic highlight of the walk. The views along Given Dale were beautiful (if a little hazy), and tiny St Ethelburga’s Church was on its Sunday best, surrounded by carpets of snowdrops and aconites. After leaving the village we walked along the top of the wold, but again were disappointed that the normally huge views weren’t visible at all

We descended into the lovely village of Bishop Wilton, where we enjoyed some well earned refreshments at the Fleece Inn, before setting off on the final leg to Bugthorpe. This section of the walk took us mostly along quiet country lanes and through fields. The landscape was completely flat and we made quick progress. When we reached the busy A166 we fell into the trap of walking by the litter strewn roadside for a few unpleasant minutes. The path and the road are adjacent to each other, and the difference can’t be seen on a map. We rectified our oversight by committing a minor trespass along the side of a field (judging by the existence of a narrow path we weren’t the first to have erred in this way). For the benefit of anyone following this route, cross the A166 and join the path on the other side of the road

Peace was restored as we left the road behind us and walked across the fields back into Bugthorpe. Despite the hazy conditions, we’d enjoyed the walk, and look forward to the next stage of our journey along the Chalkland Way

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