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The Yorkshire Wolds
The Yorkshire Wolds are the most northerly chalk hills in Great Britain, deposited over a period of 30 million years, more than 65 million years ago, forming a crescent from the Humber Estuary to Flamborough Head. The area lies in the south-eastern area of Ryedale.
The Yorkshire Wolds are characterised by steep-sided dry valleys incised into a rolling plateau of highly permeable chalk, titled to the south-east to form escarpments above the vales of York and Pickering.
With gently rolling hills, not greater than 800 feet in height, dry valleys and large arable fields dominate the tops, whilst smaller pastures are common in the valleys. On a clear day, the Wold tops give spectacular views of the Vale of Pickering, the North York Moors and to York.
Great burial mounds dating back to the Neolithic, Bronze and Iron Age are common in this area, the largest being at Duggleby. The lost village of Wharram Percy, an English Heritage site, can be found here. Deserted by about 1500, all that remains is the ruined Church. Excavations have revealed the site of cottages, the earliest dating back to the 13th century. The beauty of the Yorkshire Wolds can be explored by walking the Wolds Way, a 79-mile National Trail, or one of the shorter circular walks, which start at various points along this Trail.
The Great Wold Valley Heritage Trail is is new trail of nine interpretation boards over 11.5 miles from Wharram-le-Street to Foxholes in the beautiful Yorkshire Wolds.
Visit Hull and East Yorkshire produce a handy publication called Yorkshire Wolds & Beyond which features information on market towns and villages, stately homes and attractions, activities including the Yorkshire Wolds Way and Wolds Cycle Route as well as a diary of events.
For more information on the Yorkshire Wolds, visit the Visit Hull and East Yorkshire website and the official National Trail Yorkshire Wolds website.