Welton Wold & Welton Dale Circular, Yorkshire Wolds, East Yorkshire - Summary.
Distance: 3.5 miles / 5.6 kilometers
Time: 1 hours 20 minutes
Map: OS Explorer 293 - Kingston Upon Hull and Beverley
This 3 mile circular walk starts with a steady ascent which is not too strenuous up Chapel Hill and Crossall Hill Lane, and follows a woodland trail along the western edge of Welton Wold. At about the half way point with a view eastwards over Welton Wold, the Humber Bridge can be seen in the distance. The trail then returns along the Yorkshire Wolds Way through Welton Dale, passed the picturesque Welton Spring, and back in to Welton passing 'The Old Stables' where an ancient rights of use of the cattle well and overflow may still be exercised.
The walk is predominantly through woodland along grass tracks which can be very muddy in the wet months. The pathways are well defined and carefully managed, though care should be taken to avoid the occasional nettle and bramble bush. There are some short stretches along very quiet residential roads, most of which have footpaths.
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.
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.