North Newbald walk

North Newbald

Route: Bishop Burton to North Newbald (High Hunsley Circuit stage 2)

Area: East Yorkshire

Date of walk: 9th January 2021

Walkers: Andrew and  Gilly 

Distance: 8.2 miles

Ascent: 700 feet

Weather: Sunshine and blue skies, cold

A couple of days ago we’d walked from Skidby to Bishop Burton, stage 1 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 North Newbald and returned in the other to our start point, Bishop Burton

We parked by the smaller of the two ponds in the picturesque village and walked out of it to join a quiet lane heading due west over Bishop Burton Wold. At the end of the lane we continue heading west along a succession of paths and tracks. On reaching Hessleskew Lane our direction of travel changed, and we headed due south. This was the highest point of the walk, at a dizzying altitude of around 150 metres, or 500 feet. Nearby Sober Hill Wind Farm was clearly located here to take advantage of its lofty position on the top of Newbald Wold

We then descended gently from the wold, following a lovely path between hedgerows. On reaching the road, we left the official High Hunsley Circuit to walk back into North Newbald. I’d planned the route assuming that this would be the nearest place to park, but had forgotten about a parking area at the entrance into Swin Dale. Anyone following this walk is recommended to park there instead – the OS grid ref is SE926 373. This would reduce the length of the walk by 1 mile

We were in no hurry, and were perfectly content to stroll back along the lane into North Newbald to complete an enjoyable walk and stage 2 of the High Hunsley Circuit

Stage 1 – Skidby to Bishop Burton – 5.9 miles

Stage 3 – North Newbald to Brantingham – 8.4 miles

Stage 4 – Brantingham to Skidby – 7.5 miles

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