Wharram Percy

Wharram Percy

Route: Wharram Percy

Area: North Yorkshire

Date of walk: 11th March 2019

Walkers: Andrew 

Distance: 6.9 miles

Ascent: 600 feet

Weather: sunny, with a cold strong wind

Wharram Percy is among the biggest and best-preserved of the thousands of deserted medieval villages in Britain. The surrounding area is well served by a network of footpaths, giving various possible routes for a circular walk visiting this fascinating place

I parked in the nearby village of Wharram le Street, and after a short diversion to the lovely church of St Mary’s turned off the road to join the Yorkshire Wolds Way. It was a glorious morning, and the big skies enhanced the rolling chalk landscape. I followed a farm track across a field, and then joined a quiet country lane which passed by Bella Farm. Just beyond the farm the Centenary Way provides a shortcut to Wharram Percy, but the weather was far too good today and so I continued straight ahead

A little further on, another shortcut presented itself but again I declined the opportunity and departed from the Wolds Way to follow a public footpath along Raisthorpe Wold. There were some sweeping views over the surrounding countryside, and it was a worthwhile detour in weather like this. I rejoined the Wolds Way which took me above the rim of Deep Dale, a beautiful section of the walk. On rounding a corner St Martin’s Church came into view. This is the only building which still stands in Wharram Percy, and is set in a wonderful position at the foot of the dale and beyond an ancient millpond

I descended to the former village and wandered around the site for a while. There are various information boards which outline the locations of the former medieval houses, cottages and paddocks. Extensive research has been carried out here, and evidence of pre-historic and Roman occupation has been uncovered

Beyond Wharram Percy I followed a track to Station House and here forked off to the right to follow Station Road back into Wharram le Street to end a superb walk

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