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Planning for a National Trail....The Yorkshire Wolds Way - Part 1: Route & Accommodation
Seventeen years ago we set out to walk the Wolds Way.Starting from the Hessle Foreshore by the
Humber Bridge in East Yorkshire, this National Trail of 79 miles winds its way
through the Yorkshire Wolds, ending by the North Sea at Filey in North
We set out full of energy, expecting a long but comfortable
amble through the tranquil Yorkshire countryside.We thought we had prepared well, by walking
distances of up to 12 miles every Sunday leading up to our departure.And so, with a couple of borrowed rucksacks,
we struck out with confidence on a hot afternoon one Sunday in June 1997.However, we hadn't planned for a walk in a
heat wave which, after leaving the foreshore took us through woodlands dripping
with humidity, resulting in very sweaty feet and almost instant blisters.Our first day entailed a walk of only 12
miles but ended with very sore feet.By
the end of the third day it seemed as if we had blisters on top of blisters and
I simply couldn't continue.After 50 of
the 79 miles I was forced to quit.This
has haunted us ever since.
We set out to walk the Wolds Way - June 1997
We've discussed the possibility of completing the Wolds Way
many times over the ensuing years.And
although we've considered just starting from where we left off and walking the
final missing 29 miles, somehow this doesn't seem right.There's only one thing for it.We've got to begin again and walk the whole
trail from start to finish.
When deciding on a date, the Spring or the Autumn seemed
like the best options, not just because of the available daylight hours and the
possibility of better weather, but also because this fits in best with our work
commitments.Having selected a suitable week,
this just left us to decide how many days to devote to the challenge.Last time we thought we could complete the
walk in five days and booked accommodation for four nights along the
route.This left us with progressively
longer distances each day, culminating in a 20 mile slog on our fourth (and
last) day which, thanks to the blisters, I have never forgotten.With this in mind, I've decided that this
time we will take six days, with five nights' accommodation needed and each day
averaging no more than 14 miles.
So, how to start planning?My first stop was the excellent Yorkshire Wolds Way National Trail
website which has all sorts of helpful tools and resources, including a
downloadable accommodation guide.There's
also a really useful distance calculator which allows you to work out how far
it is between different points on the walk.With the aid of the distance calculator and the accommodation guide I
was able to work out my itinerary.However, this wasn't quite as easy as I thought it would be.Things have changed in the past 17 years and
some of the places we stayed at last time are now no longer in business.
Everyone has their own taste in ideal accommodation for this
type of adventure.Whilst some people might
like to camp or even sleep out under the stars, others will prefer a
comfortable bed and breakfast.We like
pubs!Usually such accommodation is
unpretentious, you can get a good choice for an evening meal and, most
importantly, you can unwind with a couple of pints of beer in the evening
without having to walk any further.We're
not especially keen on staying in guest houses, particularly the kind that are
quite clearly someone's home with a spare room to let.Don't get me wrong, we're not anti-social at
all, but the last thing we want after a long day's walk is to have to make
small talk with the family whose spare room we just happen to be renting for
the night.In a pub, somehow, you can just
blend in to the background.
The last time we attempted the Wolds Way we were able to
book into pubs for all four nights (although the last one had to be
cancelled).Seventeen years later and
several of the pubs along the way have closed their doors or no longer offer
accommodation, leaving us no alternative but to book into guest houses for the
first two nights.Thankfully though, both
of these establishments are more like small hotels than private homes.And at least this way we have the pubs to
look forward to!
With the itinerary settled and the accommodation selected,
that just left the small matter of booking rooms for each of the five
nights.I did this in one session and,
luckily, all of our choices were available.Given the apparent lack of choice of our favoured type of accommodation,
I'm not sure what I'd have done had the chain fallen apart.
The planned itinerary is as follows:
Foreshore to Brantingham - 10 miles
Day 2:Brantingham to Market Weighton -
Day 3:Market Weighton to Huggate - 14
Day 4:Huggate to North Grimston - 14
Day 5:North Grimston to Ganton - 15
Day 6:Ganton to Filey - 12 miles
Now everything is booked and the schedule planned, the next
stage of preparation is to work out what we need to take along and, most
importantly, to make sure we're physically prepared. I'll be providing updates in my blog over the coming months.
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