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 Bishop Wilton, Yorkshire Wolds -  Sunday 25th October 2020.

 Bishop Wilton is a small delightful village in the East Riding of Yorkshire at the foot of Garrowby Hill on the edge of the Yorkshire Wolds.

Much of the area consists of wide, flat, agricultural land, but there are plenty of ups and downs to get the heart beating, with Garrowby Hill reaching over 800 feet above sea level. I well recall members of both the 'C' and 'B' parties complaining about some of the steep ascents and descents.

Although we have not been frequent visitors to the village - going there only once in the past 12 years in July 2016 - the area offers plenty of excellent walking for all our three groups. So perhaps it is a little surprising that we have not been there more often and particularly disappointing to be missing out on this occasion. Photo shows a 'little incline' at the start of the 'C' walk just to get the circulation going!!

On our last visit four years ago, all walks began at the Fleece Inn in the centre of the village. The landlady at the time very kindly provided morning refreshments for our 'C' group and made all of us very welcome when we returned from the walks at the end of the day.

A few additional points of interest  .....

There are two long distance footpaths in the area and all three of our groups walked along parts of them. The Chalkland Way is a 40 mile circular walk which covers the chalky hills and valleys of the western Yorkshire Wolds. This long distance walk takes in the villages of Bishop Wilton and Great Givendale. The Minster Way is another 50 mile walking route between Beverley Minster and York Minster which crosses the Wolds and occasionally merges with the Chalkland Way.

Sledmere House is claimed to be East Yorkshire's finest Georgian Country House. It is set in wonderful parkland designed by 'Capability Brown'. The present house was rebuilt after a fire in 1911.



Kirkham Priory is a ruined Augustinian Priory not too far away from Bishop Wilton. There are historical links with Rievaulx Abbey in North Yorkshire.


The stately home of Castle Howard is perhaps better known than either Sledmere House or Kirkam Priory. It is now the private residence of the Carlisle branch of the Howard family who have lived there for more than 300 years. It is built on the site of a former castle - hence it's name.



All three of these well known places are quite close to Bishop Wilton.



 From the Archives  .........  with thanks once again to Jean Jenkinson who took all these  photographs in July, 2016

Our two 'C' walk leaders

You were warned it  wasn't flat !!

  Angela enjoys the walk.

We came across this local farmer checking his stock !!

 Bob surges on.

Off we go after the lunch break

Martin looking relaxed, but actually concerned that Doreen could make a wrong turn !!

The race is on as the 'B' group overtake the 'C' party !!