Welton Dale & Elloughton Wold Circular, Yorkshire Wolds, East Yorkshire - Summary.
Distance: 4.5 miles / 7.25 kilometers
Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Map: OS Explorer 293 - Kingston Upon Hull and Beverley
This is a great 4.5 miles, half day walk that leaves the quaint village of Welton in a northerly direction along the Yorkshire Wolds Way as it follows a woodland trail through Welton Dale and passed the Welton Spring, then turns west to follow a country road for a short stretch around the egdes of the private Welton Dale Plantation, before entering the the woodland of the High Hunsley Circuit towards Elloughton Dale. Then entering the South Wold Plantation before turning south west. After a short distance, the trail leaves the woodland and joins a road for the last mile which leads back to Welton as it skirts the southern edge of Elloughton Wold with picturesque views of the River Humber.
Though the walk starts with a short stretch along a very quiet residential road at the start which has footpaths before entering the Welton Wold Estate. The walk is predominantly through woodland along grass tracks which can be very muddy in the wet months. There is a short stretch of road midway and the last mile is along a road. Care should be taken, but these roads are fairly quiet and there are plenty of safe verges to walk along.
The pathways through the woodland are well defined and carefully managed, though care should be taken to avoid the occasional nettle and bramble bush.
Dogs should be kept on a lead particularly through Welton Dale which is a great place to forage for conkers, and where pheasants and occasionally deer roam. The woodland is a haven for birdlife and grey squirrels. Dogs should be kept under control along the bridleways to prevent the worrying of horses and their riders.
There is limited roadside parking in the village along Cowgate and in front of the Green Dragon Pub near the Church of Saint Helen. There is alternative parking along Crossall Hill Lane and Stonepit Road (SE 962 274), which can also be an alternative start point.
Welton village is the home to the Church of Saint Helen, which is well worth a visit, with its pond with a number of benches to sit and say hello to the local ducks. The original church is thought to date from the reign of William Rufus 1067-1100, it was restored in 1862. The Green Dragon is an 18th century inn, where the infamous highwayman Dick Turpin was captured in 1739. The pub is good place to reflect on the walk and take in a wee snack and liquid refreshment, before heading home.