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.
Wharram-le-Street to Wharram Percy
Distance: 6 miles
Duration: 1¾ hours
Level of walk: Easy View Walks Key
Why you should do this walk…
If you want a gentle walk, in a very pretty, unspoilt area that affords panoramic views of the wonderful Wolds. The walk is in an unusually tranquil setting and allows you and your dog a lot of freedom to romp about.
What else you need to know
How to get there – take the B1248 from Malton or Wetwang to Wharram-le-Street
Suggested map – OS Explorer 300 Howardian Hills and Malton, Yorkshire Wolds North
Car park – small car park by the cross-roads in Wharram le Street, where the B1248 crosses the Birdsall to Duggleby road. Alternatively, for the shorter walk follow the signs from the B1248 to Wharram Percy car park.
Start – the crossroads car park (longer walk)in Wharram-le-Street, Wharram Percy car park (shorter walk)
Length/time – 6 miles, takes around 1 and ¾ hours. The shorter version from Wharram Percy car park (point 3 below) is around 2½ miles and should take no longer than 1½ hours
Terrain/difficulty – EASY, on the tarmac quiet road to the car park and clear gentle grassy paths, with two stiles. One grassy decent, and a gentle climb at the end.
Dog friendliness – once off the single track road, there are plenty of opportunities for good off lead romps on the grassy paths for well-behaved dogs. There is one stile at the start of the walk and a dog bin at Wharram-le-Street.
Food and drink – nearby dog-friendly pubs: Bay Horse at Burythorpe, Jolly Farmers at Leavening and Kingshead in Malton. Near-by dog-friendly cafes in Malton are: Hidden Monkey Tearooms, Yorkshire Tearooms and Café Irene. See Directories for details.
Public toilets – non along the walk
Other interesting info:
Wharram Percy is the most famous of Britain’s 3,000 deserted medieval villages. People lived in it from prehistoric times and the village flourished between the 12th and 14th centuries before it was abandoned in about 1500. It is now an English Heritage site with interpretation panels which tell its story.
- From the roadside car park on the B1248 by the crossroads, and following the sign for Birdsall, head along Station Road. At the end of a row of houses on the left, cross a stile in the Hawthorne hedge and follow the footpath sign for Wolds Way, Thixendale and Centenary Way. Continue on a wide track along the edge of a field, keeping the hedgerow to the left. Most dogs will be fine off the lead now.
- When the track meets a tarmac road, put your dog back on the lead and continue straight ahead along the road following signs for the Wolds Way and Centenary Way. Keep ahead past Bella farm on the right and a group of trees on the left.
- A little further along, also on the right is the Wharram Percy car park where the shorter version of the walk starts. Continue down the lane, or head right from the car park following a sign for Centenary Way. The view straight in front is of beautiful Fairy Dale!
- The lane bends to the right, then to the left where there is a metal gate and a track. Pass through the gate and head along the track/Centenary Way as it skirts the edge of woodland. At the end of the tree line, continue ahead along the grassy path at the left hand edge of a field where your dog will love romping through the long grass.
- Keep straight ahead, ignoring the path to the left for Centenary Way and eventually descend gently to a metal gate with a stile. Cross the stile – most small and medium sized dogs will easily slip under the gate, and turn immediately to the right along a wide lush grassy path, following a sign for Wharram Percy.
- Keeping a wire and post fence to the right and the edge of Deep Dale to the left, continue ahead along the path as the ruined church at Wharram Percy slowly comes into view. Just beyond a way-marked footpath post, the path bears left and drops downhill towards a pond and a kissing gate.
- Pass through the gate and keeping the pond to the left, go through another kissing gate to enter the churchyard. Walk to the left of the church then through a gap in a way-marked fence ahead towards a red bricked cottage. After going through another kissing gate to the left join a path running alongside a wooden fence. Continue uphill towards a way-marker post and bear right along a track towards a fence and a pair of wooden gates. Pass through the kissing gate on the left, and following signs for the Wolds Way cross over a footbridge and climb a flight of stone steps to a kissing gate.
- Keep ahead along the grassy path across a field towards another metal gate, with a wooden kissing gate to the left. Still following signs for the Wolds Way, continue along a grass-lined cutting slightly uphill, and through another kissing gate. Keep ahead, or pause to take-in the view of the Wolds behind, and head towards the tree line. The path leads into the Wharram Percy car park where the shorter walk ends.
- If heading back to Wharram-le-Street, pass through the car park and turn left along the tarmac road traversed earlier. Where the road bends right, keep ahead along the track by the edge of the field, cross the stile on to Station Road and head back to the car park by the crossroads.