Hessle to South Cave Walk - April 15th

Posted 17/4/2018

On Sunday Dearne Valley Walking Group completed a 13.35 mile walk along a section of the Yorkshire Wolds Way from Hessle to South Cave. The Yorkshire Wolds Way is a 79 mile National Trail that runs from Hessle Haven, near the Humber Bridge, and wends its way inland past Market Weighton and over the Yorkshire Wolds as it makes its way to the East Coast at Filey Brigg.

After meeting at South Cave our group condensed into four cars and made our way to the start point at Hessle Haven. From hear we walked along the northern bank of the Humber, passing under the still impressive Humber Bridge taking the path which doubles up as the Trans Pennine Trail which we followed as far as North Ferriby.

At North Ferriby we opted to take the ‘Low Water Route’ along the beach to Red Cliff to where the Yorkshire Wolds Way splits from the Trans Pennine Trail and makes it way north, past the western edge of North Ferriby and over the main A63.

Here our path took us through Terrace Plantation and across a road adjacent to a large quarry before we ascended gently through more woodland as we skirted Bow Plantation to reach another road. On turning left onto this road we followed it into the picturesque village of Welton where we enjoyed a well earned lunch break, along with appropriate liquid refreshment in the Green Dragon Inn, which is famous for being the place where the highwayman Dick Turpin was arrested in 1738.

After leaving Welton we made our way northwards through Welton Dale and past Wauldby Dam and on to a gentle climb to Turtle Hill. Our route then took us westwards along a more than generously muddy track before we joined the road towards Brantingham just beyond the entrance to Wold View Farm.

However, before reaching the village of Brantingham our route saw us veer off the road to take a path on the right just beyond Wandhills Plantation which saw us drop down to the rather isolated Brantingham Church. At the end of this path we turned right onto a road for short spell of road walking before taking a path on the left as we reached Ellerker North Wold.

The path here climbed quite steeply before dropping down to Woodale Farm where our route took us right to the edge of Woo Dale where we endured a quite steep climb up Woodale Plantation. After pausing briefly for our group to regather itself we proceeded to Mount Airy Farm, at which point the forecast rain started to appear. Thankfully it didn’t last long and, as we dropped down the aptly named ‘Steep Hill track to Great Wold Plantation and then down to Beverley Road the rain stopped giving us time to dry out as we made our way back to the remainder of the cars in South Cave.

After retrieving the rest of the cars from Hessle we met back up at the Bear Inn for a richly deserved post walk drink.

Well done to the 15 people who completed this walk, especially having to endure 2 steep hills nearly 12 miles into the walk. A great walk in largely great weather conditions with just the short rain shower towards the end which failed to spoil the experience.