A 3 mile circular walk around the wooded Pennine valley of Hardcastle Crags, near Hebden Bridge in West Yorkshire. Owned by the National Trust the valley comprises a beautiful shallow river, Hebden Water with steep wooded valley sides and you will have chance to discover lots of wildlife plus some industrial archaeology along the way. If you have children with you, you may wish to bring along crayons and paper as there are several engraved markers around the site, showing the various leaves and seeds in the woodland.
Millington and the Wolds
Distance: 6 miles
Duration: 2¼ hours
Level of walk: Medium View Walks Key
Why you should do this walk…
This walk has it all, a pretty village – with dogs allowed in the pub, a real feeling of wide open space and plenty of green paths, fields and lanes for romping through. A couple of steady climbs reward the walker with stunning views of the Yorkshire Wolds.
What else you need to know
How to get there – signposted from Pocklington on the A1079 York to Hull road, or approach from the A166 York to Bridlington road, following signs from the Fridaythorpe and Garrowby section.
Suggested map – OS Explorer 294 Market Weighton & Yorkshire Wolds Central
Car park – on the roadside in Millington village
Start – Millington near the Rambler’s Rest Tearooms
Length/time – 6 miles and 2 ¼ hours, including breaks for tea and taking in the views
Terrain/difficulty – MEDIUM – has some steady climbs and some road walking along lanes with wide grass verges. The vast majority of the walk is over wide, grassy paths.
Dog friendliness – good – the few stiles encountered have dog gates, while there are many opportunities for off-lead romping. There is some road walking (along quiet roads), but the grass verges make this pleasant. There are few encounters with cattle.
Food and drink – The Gait Inn and the Ramblers Rest tea rooms. The pub allows dogs in the bar and has a beer garden, while the tea rooms does not admit dogs it does have an outside eating area.
Public toilets – available to patrons of the pub and tea rooms.
Other interesting info:
Situated to the east of York and to the south of the North York Moors, these gently rolling chalk hills are home to the Wolds Way National Trail, Minster Way and the Centenary Way.
- Start in Millington village near the Rambler’s Rest, and walk up the road with the tea rooms to the right. As the road bends to the left, look out for a wooden signpost for Minster Way at the end of the lane joining the road from the right. Head along the lane then continue right, downhill onto a track to a waymarked gate ahead. Pass through the gate and continue ahead to another waymarked gate, leading to a narrow ‘duck boarded’ path with a hedge on the left hand side. Following another Minster Way sign, cross a stile with a dog gate then continue uphill using more ‘duck boards’ heading through the field towards a gate ahead – bearing slightly left.
- Take the path to the right of the gate and follow a waymarker post, heading uphill keeping the field perimeter fence to the left. Halfway up, cross a stile – or use the dog gate and continue uphill towards the tree line, with the farm buildings to the left. Don’t forget to stop and look back at the panoramic views of Millington and the surrounding area. Pass through the gate and turn left immediately following the Yorkshire Wolds Way sign along the edge of a field. By the farm buildings, bear right onto a track then take an immediate left following the hedge line into another field.
- Keeping the hedge to the right, continue ahead while enjoying the views of the Wolds to the left. The green path heads downhill and to the left, following the fence line to a kissing gate in the right hand corner of the field. Go through the gate and continue downhill past a little Hawthorne tree to the left. The path bends and is quite steep as it makes for the floor of Sylvan Dale. At the bottom, turn left and follow the wide grassy path – ideal for a romp! Pass through a kissing gate to the right, which leads along a narrow enclosed path over a wooden footbridge across the edge of a pond.
- Continue ahead across a quiet road then make for a waymarked gate in the hedge opposite. Pass through the gate and begin the steady climb uphill. Keep walking essentially ahead, through another gate along the edge of the field, with a wire and post fence to the right. Pass through a metal gate at the end of the field and continue along a waymarked Public Bridleway, which becomes a lane to the farm, Millington Heights passed to the right.
- At the end of the farm lane, turn left and head along the road – using the wide grass verges where possible. Look for a waymarked Public Bridleway sign on the right, and follow it through a gate, downhill along the edge of a field keeping the treeline to the left. At the bottom, turn left by a gate and continue along a track with the hedge line to the right.
- Keep ahead past the Little Givendale Farm buildings along the track, leading back to the road. Cross the road and continue along the lane – ‘The Balk’ back towards Millington. Cross another quiet road and walk the final ¼ mile back into the village.
This walk is also available on the iFootpath website and App Millington and the Wolds