Skidby walk, High Hunsley Circuit


Route: Brantingham to Skidby (High Hunsley Circuit stage 4)

Area: East Yorkshire

Date of walk: 27th March 2021

Walkers: Andrew, Gilly and James

Distance: 7.5 miles

Ascent: 800 feet

Weather: Mixed sunshine and clouds

Today’s walk was the final leg of the High Hunsley Circuit. The route is a 30 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 near St Michael’s  Church in the village of Skidby, and drove in the other to our start point, Brantingham. Visitors are encouraged to park in the village hall car park, where a voluntary contribution of £2 is suggested. We walked out of the attractive village, passing by the village pond on the way, and climbed a steep lane known as Spout Hill. Some local schoolchildren were taking part in an organised race up and down the hill, and overtook us several times as we huffed and puffed our way up.

Near the top of South Wold we joined the Yorkshire Wolds Way and followed a path through mixed woodland. We descended into Elloughton Dale and followed the valley road for a short distance before climbing up through more woodland to Welton Top. After passing by the mausoleum we turned north towards Wauldby Manor Farm. The remainder of the walk from here was through open countryside, with big skies showing the rolling chalk landscape at its best – a good conclusion to an enjoyable circuit of these East Yorkshire wolds

Stage 1 – Skidby to Bishop Burton – 5.9 miles

Stage 2 – Bishop Burton to North Newbald – 8.2 miles

Stage 3 – North Newbald to Brantingham – 8.4 miles

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