Fridaythorpe, The Wolds Way, East Yorkshire Summary.
Distance: 7.5 miles / 12 kilometers
Time: 3 hours 30 minutes
Map: OS Explorer OS 294 - Market Weighton & Yorkshire Wolds Central
This is an easy going fairly flat unchallenging walk tracing a trail through pasture land of various deep valleys and dales along the well drained chalk landscape of the Yorkshire Wolds. It is ideal for walking in any weather. There is plenty of accessibly free parking around the church and village pond - please park responsibly.
This walk starts in Fridaythorpe a medieval village which claims its fame as being the midpoint of the 80 miles Wolds Way. The village is where the Wolds Way was officially opened in October 1982. With the village pond on the left where there is a plaque commerating the Wolds Way 21st Anniversery. Head passed St Mary's Church with its Norman west tower, the remainder of the church dates from the mid-late 12 century. Head out of the village bearing left just before the ABN (UK) Feed factory, to follow a hedgerow before dropping down and cutting across West Dale to head up the valley of Brubber Dale where cattle can sometimes be found grazing.
After passing Gill's Farm, the trail drops down into Thixen Dale and continues passed the 'Waves and Time' (previously called 'Time and Flow') land sculpture which was commissioned by land artist Chris Drury in 2011 as part of “Wander – Art on the Yorkshire Wolds Way” initiated by the Visit Hull and East Yorkshire project. After leaving Bradeham Dale, the route enters a small woodland area of Wayrham Dale, where many hares can be seen rummaging around, and the only sound is of the birds chirping in the wood.
From the Wayrham Picnic site on the A166 the route follows an unclassified road. Before arriving at a cross roads, several Roman style bollards with Latin inscriptions can be found along the hedgerow on the left, at the entrances to the farm fields. After cutting through Wold House Farm the route then follows Huggate Wold to Glebe Farm and back to the start at Fridaythorpe.
The Farmers Arms Inn if open is well worth a stop to reflect on the walk over a local pint.