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.
Distance: 4½ miles
Duration: 1½ hours
Level of walk: Easy View Walks Key
This relatively flat walk through through arable fields is quite and peaceful – good if you have nervous dogs and don’t want to encounter too many other dogs or walkers. The paths are clear and your well-behaved pooch should be able to enjoy a lovely romp on this walk.This walk has been very kindly suggested to dogwalksyorkshire by David.What else you need to knowHow to get there – Wetwang is situated at the crossroads of the A166 York to Bridlington, and the B1248 Malton to Beverley roads. The village is six miles to the west of Driffield.Suggested map – OS Explorer 294, Market Weighton & Yorkshire Wolds CentralCar park – on the B1248 road, just south of Wetwang in the Beverley directionStart – roadside car park on the B1248 just south of Wetwang
Length/time – 5 miles, takes around 1½ hours
Terrain/difficulty – EASY, a pretty walk through woodland, open fields and grassland which changes with the seasons. There is a small amount of road walking, along quiet lanes and roads.
Dog friendliness – no stiles or gates encountered
Food and drink – to be confirmed
Public toilets – none
Other interesting info
Wetwang is located at a crossroads which may explain how the village got its Viking name of Vertvanger, meaning ‘meeting place’ or ‘place of justice’. The first documentary evidence of a settlement here occurs in the Domesday Book of 1086 although evidence of earlier occupation has been found. The late Yorkshire broadcaster Richard Whitely was Mayor of Wetwang for many years.
- Leaving Wetwang on the B1248 heading south towards Beverley, after about 1 mile there is a left turn towards some farm buildings – with a sign for Cadger Castle. Opposite this turn, on the right hand side, is a pull-in area (with room for a good number of cars), where parking and unloading of dogs can be done safely. This is where the walk starts.
- Heading away from the main road, follow Green Lane westwards and slightly uphill through the trees. The path is enclosed, but not claustrophobic and offers panoramic views of Wetwang, looking to the right. Pass the bridleway sign to the left for Tibthorpe and then continue onwards at an unsigned junction of paths – ignore the path to the right for now, it is part of the route back from Wetwang.
- Keep ahead on the now greener path, as it heads slightly downhill with fields on both sides. Follow the next bridleway sign to the right along a wide track, initially with a hawthorne hedge to the right. Continue down into Thorndale, before meeting Thorndale Lane, near a public bridleway sign on the West side of Wetwang.
- Continue straight ahead along the lane for a short while, before following a public footpath sign to the right, along the edge of a field and with a hawthorne hedge to the left. At the end of the hedge, continue diagonally left across the field towards the end of another hedge, then continue across another field towards some houses to the right of a large barn. Aim for a wooden footpath sign in the hedge by the houses.
- Pass through the hedge – opposite Southfield Close, and (with your dog on a lead), turn right to follow the roadside path to the junction with Southfield Lane. Turn right again down the lane. The concrete road eventually turns into a grass track. Continue straight ahead until it meets Green Lane – traversed earlier in the walk. Turn left at this point and head along Green Lane back to the start of the walk by the B1248 road.
This walk is also available on the iFootpath website and App Wetwang Circular