Another walking trail in Britain was in the headlines last week after reaching a milestone. This time it was the Yorkshire Wolds Way celebrating its 40th anniversary. The occasion was marked by seven 30-person hiking parties that participated in a coordinated ramble across the entire trail. 

The mass walk was organised by members of the Ramblers Association and East Riding of Yorkshire Council. The 79-mile (127km) trail that stretches between the Humber Bridge and Filey Brigg, was split into seven equal sections for the event held on Sunday 2nd October.

A brief history of the Yorkshire Wolds Way

The hiking trail along the coast of Yorkshire in northeast England was originally proposed by East Yorkshire & Derwent Branch of the Ramblers Association in 1967. The trail was finally granted approval as a National Trail in 1982, by the then Countryside Commission, and was officially established as the Wolds Way.

In 2003, the trail was renamed the Yorkshire Wolds Way to reflect its geographical location and distinguish it from the UK’s other Wolds Way in neighbouring Lincolnshire. Recognised for its peace and tranquillity, the 79-mile path is regarded as one of the easiest and most tranquil walks in the UK. 

Every year, thousands of ramblers enjoy the beauty of abundant valleys, vast meadows and open seas taking in national landmarks including Wharram Percy, the finest remaining example of mediaeval England, the Humber Bridge, Londesborough Park and the jagged reef of Filey Brigg, used by the Romans for a signal station.

Walk This Way Art Exhibition 

The Yorkshire Wolds Way National Trail 40th anniversary celebrations will continue with the Walk this Way art exhibition featuring artwork from local artists, Ian and Stef Michell presenting their exquisite range of mixed media including print, abstract painting and digital art. Interested parties can visit the Walk this Way art exhibition at Bridlington Spa between the 6th of September to 31st of October 2022 and the Beverley Art Gallery between 21st of January – 18th of March 2023. 

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