Walk the Yorkshire Wolds Way

Hessle

The best kept walkers' secret in the north of England? This 79-mile National Trail is an unsung gem, running from the Humber to Filey through the gently rolling chalk hills of the Yorkshire Wolds. It's Hockney Country – the artist is often out sketching and photographing in this beautiful part of the world – and the attractions en route are worthy of an Old Master. There are tranquil hidden valleys, wooded slopes, stunning escarpment views, ancient market towns and pretty-as-a-picture villages, with the route ending at the dramatic rocky headland of Filey Brigg. National Trails Officer for the Wolds Way, Malcolm Hodgson, recommends "the chance to walk along the bottom of the many dry valleys for that perfect bit of escapism" and, it's true, this is one of the least-walked of all the trails, meaning peace, tranquillity and solitutude in equal measure. It takes six days to do the full trail justice, though you can opt for some excellent short, circular day routes – there are plenty of ideas on the Top 10 Trail Experiences website. The Wolds way starts in Hessle, about half a mile east of the Humber Bridge (and trains get you to Hessle without any erm, hassle).