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Huggate and Dry Valleys

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Huggate and Dry Valleys
Author: Alan45, Published: 02 Aug 2017 Walk Rating:star1 Huggate and Dry Valleys Walking Guide star1 Huggate and Dry Valleys Walking Guide star1 Huggate and Dry Valleys Walking Guide star1 Huggate and Dry Valleys Walking Guide star1 Huggate and Dry Valleys Walking Guide
East Yorkshire, Huggate
Walk Type: Hills, valleys and dales
Huggate and Dry Valleys
Length: 6 miles,  Difficulty: boot Huggate and Dry Valleys Walking Guide boot Huggate and Dry Valleys Walking Guide boot Huggate and Dry Valleys Walking Guide
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A circular walk, of about 6 miles, from Huggate that passes through dry valleys created around 18,000 years ago at the end of the Ice Age. These valleys, known locally as dales, are one of the highlights of the Yorkshire Wolds and lie between largely arable fields. The first half of the walk follows the Yorkshire Wolds Way and passes the Huggate Poetry Bench, one of several art works created for the WANDER project.

There are some moderately steep descents and ascents into and out of the dales, and the paths are a mixture of field edges and tarmac drives. There are kissing gates and field gates on the route, but no stiles. One field is marked as a bull field and horses may be present in another (a road detour can avoid the horses). Allow three hours to enjoy the tranquility of the dales.

Huggate, which has post code YO42 1YH, lies on a minor road south of the A166 between Stamford Bridge (12 miles to the west) and Driffield (10 miles to the east). Turn north off the minor road into the village along Stocks Hill, continuing to Church Street, to find roadside parking. Care is needed to find safe parking, avoiding entrances along the narrow road, and respecting local notices requesting parking for residents only. A good spot may be found just before the right-hand turn towards the church.

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Walk Sections

Start to Horse Dale and Holm Dale
Start to Horse Dale and Holm Dale

Start point: 53.9872 lat, -0.6567 long
End point: 54.0015 lat, -0.6548 long

Take Church Street downhill, following the road as it bends to the right then uphill as the views open up on either side. To the right lies one of the dry valleys, but ignore the footpath into the valley and continue uphill as the road becomes a farm access road. At the top of the rise, where the road turns right to drop down to the farm, take the path to the left signposted Yorkshire Wolds Way. Follow the field edge, enjoying the views across the Wolds, to a wooden gate where an information board shows you are entering Horse Dale and Holm Dale. These dry valleys are one of the joys of this area and an unexpected feature in this gently rolling farmland.

Horse Dale and Holm Dale to Gates
Horse Dale and Holm Dale to Gates

Start point: 54.0015 lat, -0.6548 long
End point: 54.0145 lat, -0.6669 long

Once through the gate, turn diagonally right and take the path descending into the valley bottom, heading towards a copse of trees. Along this path are two wooden benches constructed as part of the WANDER project of art on the Yorkshire Wolds. They were designed and built by Angus Ross and inscribed with a poem by John Clark.

On reaching the bottom of the valley turn left, following the Yorkshire Wolds Way along a second valley. The valley floor rises gently, curving to the right, to reach metal and wooden gates beneath an impressive Horse Chestnut tree. Stop at the wooden gate but do not pass through.

Gates to Cross Track
Gates to Cross Track

Start point: 54.0145 lat, -0.6669 long
End point: 54.001 lat, -0.686 long

At the wooden gate (not passing through it), turn left and follow the field edge as it rises. Take time to enjoy the view back down the valley you have just walked along. Keep to the field edge as it drops down to a gate and kissing gate. Once through the kissing gate, the path enters farm land, with a hedge to the right and open field to the left. Follow this farm track ahead uphill, then bending left and then right, to pass between two fields towards farm buildings. Cross the farm yard ahead to reach yellow waymarkers and follow these, turning left to the farmhouse. At the house stop to view the bronze statue of a local man who worked here for 30 years. Turn right to take the farm access road until you reach a hedge crossing to the left and right. Here you turn left, following blue bridleway signs (hidden on the back of a low post with yellow footpath signs pointing ahead and back).

Cross Track to Wooden Gate
Cross Track to Wooden Gate

Start point: 54.001 lat, -0.686 long
End point: 53.9945 lat, -0.6743 long

Follow the field edge path with the hedge to your left. It falls gently, curving right, to reach a metal gate. A sign on the gate warns this is a 'Bull Field' (although there was no bull in residence when we walked). Once through the gate, turn diagonally right walking through a dip towards a fence at the bottom. A little to the left is a wooden gate. Pass through this and follow a path that ascends diagonally up the valley side. At the top, keep ahead for 100 yards or so, looking to the right for a wooden farm gate with a blue cap to one of the posts.

Wooden Gate to End
Wooden Gate to End

Start point: 53.9945 lat, -0.6743 long
End point: 53.9874 lat, -0.6567 long

Pass through this gate (image taken looking back) and follow the path ahead to reach a tarmac farm road. Follow this road to the left and, as you approach the house, take the clearly marked path to the right bypassing the buildings and regaining the road beyond. Walk downhill to the bottom, where a kissing gate on the right leads into a field. (There may be horses in the field, which could be avoided by continuing along the road to meet your original path instead). Cross diagonally through the field, heading in the direction of the church spire. A gate leads onto Church Street and back to your starting point.

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1 comments for "Huggate and Dry Valleys"

Really lovely walk, our 2 dogs were off lead most of the time, great lunch at the Wolds inn after.

By angrob on 03 Sep 2017

The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.

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