Chalkland Way

Chalkland Way 5

Route: Chalkland Way Stage 5 – Huggate to Pocklington

Area: East Yorkshire

Date of walk: 15th August 2019 

Walkers: Andrew 

Distance: 10.9 miles

Ascent: 1,100 feet

Weather: Cloudy with a few sunny patches and some light rain

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. Today’s walk was the last leg and would mark the end of a wonderful journey

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
  • Stage 4 –  Wetwang to Huggate – 6.7 miles

I started the walk from the same place I’d ended Stage 4 – the Wolds Inn at Huggate (which caters very well for hungry and thirsty walkers). After walking through the village I joined the Yorkshire Wolds Way, which shares its route with the Chalkland Way for much of the walk. After climbing up to Waterman Hole at the top of the wold I descended into Tun Dale and Frendal Dale. I’d been looking forward to this section, but the weather was dull and overcast and didn’t show these lovely dales in their best light. I climbed out of Frendal Dale, following a path shared by yet another long distance Wolds walk, the Minster Way. A steep down and up brought me to one of the scenic highlights of the walk, the lovely path above Millington, from which there are huge views out across the Vale of York. By a stroke of good fortune the weather was on my side along this section and there were patches of sunshine in contrast to the overcast conditions earlier

The path gradually descended from the wold to lead into Pocklington, often described as the ‘Gateway to the Wolds’ – several long distance paths make this town their starting point. On reaching Pocklington I headed to the town centre, where the efficient services of Gilly’s Taxis met me and took me back to my car in Huggate

I enjoy long distance walks such as this – there’s a sense of being on a journey, and a feeling of real satisfaction on reaching the end. Thanks to the founder Ray Wallis for engineering such a great walk

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