Chalkland Way

Chalkland Way 4

Route: Chalkland Way Stage 4 – Wetwang to Huggate

Area: East Yorkshire

Date of walk: 4th August 2019 

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 6.7 miles

Ascent: 600 feet

Weather: Sunny and warm

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

Click on the links to the other stages walked so far:

  • Stage 1  – Pocklington to Bugthorpe – 10.4 miles
  • Stage 2  – Bugthorpe to Thixendale – 8.1 miles
  • Stage 3 – Thixendale to Wetwang – 9.8 miles

As this is a linear walk, two cars were needed and after leaving one of them in Huggate we drove in the other to Wetwang. This penultimate stage of the walk got off to an inauspicious start. The Chalkland Way starts at the southern edge of the village, and although the route is clearly waymarked the path itself was nowhere to be seen.  The local farmer had indiscriminately sown his rapeseed crop over it and the field was an impenetrable jungle. After consulting the OS map we found an alternative route out of Wetwang, along a lane and track known as Southfield Well Balk. This only added a short distance to our total, but we entertained uncharitable thoughts about the farmer nonetheless. It’s likely that this issue only exists in the weeks before harvest time when the crop is fully grown, so others following this route may not experience the same problem

There were good views back to Wetwang as we made progress along the fields at the top of the wold, although it has to be said that the landscape lacked variety. Interest was added by the thousands of butterflies we saw along the way, especially painted ladies

After crossing the road near Foxcovert Farm there was a welcome change in the terrain as we descended into Shortlands Dale, the first of a series of dry chalk valleys. We followed the Chalklands Way along the valley floors before climbing up to the road just north of Huggate. It was a pleasant walk in this gently rolling countryside and we look forward to the next and final stage of the walk, from Huggate to Pocklington

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