Millington Pastures

Millington Pastures

Route: Millington Pastures

Area: East Yorkshire

Date of walk: 7th November 2020

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 3.7 miles

Ascent: 500 feet

Weather: Sunny

Millington Pastures is an area of scientific special interest and is a system of dry cast valleys in the East Yorkshire Wolds. The grassland slopes are grazed by sheep and highland cattle and are crossed by sheep tracks, ancient Roman roads and long distance paths 

We parked in the free car park at Millington Wood Nature Reserve. Instead of walking into Millington Wood (which is one of the few remaining wooded dales in the Wolds) we walked out of the car park and turned left onto the road. We then went through a gate on our left and climbed up the bridleway to the second gate. Instead of going through the gate, we turned right and followed the fence line along the edge of Millington Dale to Allison Nab.  The path is not shown on the OS maps as a public footpath. It’s faint and little used but, once located, navigation is straightforward and consists of keeping the fence on the left. There were lovely views down into Millington Dale as we followed the contour line around the top of the dale

We followed the path beside the fence down into Scoar Dale, turning right at the bottom and from there walked along the valley floor to join the quiet road along Millington Dale. We had some good sightings of buzzards and red kites in the skies above, circling the dales in search of prey. We followed the road for a short distance before turning off to join a chalk track which is part of the route of no less than three long distance walks – the Yorkshire Wolds Way, the Chalkland Way and the Minster Way

The path took us gently uphill, with more big views across the Wolds, heading briefly into Sylvan Dale before descending back into Millington Dale. At the foot of the dale we joined the road and this took us back to the start of an excellent short walk

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