Exercising during COVID-19
During the COVID-19 pandemic you should minimise time spent outside your home, but you can leave your home to exercise. This should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area.
There are lots of walks around Driffield with surrounding footpaths accessible from your door step (some are shown below). If you do travel to exercise it must be close to home – if you pass a suitable green-space on your way then your journey could be seen as recreational and not essential.
Government guidance on exercise can be found here
The landscape around Driffield is heaven for walkers: the gentle rolling hills of the Wolds provide mile upon mile of rural pathways winding their way past pretty villages (with plenty of country pubs and tea rooms along the way for refreshments!).
Walks around Driffield
Driffield town itself also provides plenty of opportunities for shorter walks, taking in the historic landmarks, the three becks (streams), and the pretty canal (a circular walk along Driffield Canal to Wansford). For a short informative walk around the town try the Driffield Town Trail
The town is also filled with interesting historical landmarks, including the 12th century All Saints Church, the imposing Bell Hotel, the former market site at Cross Hill where hundreds of farm workers used to gather for the annual hirings and the 200 year old Spread Eagle Inn which was reputedly built by the town’s witch Susannah Goor. The Masonic Hall was built in 1878 by renowned archaeologist John Mortimer, whose life in Driffield is celebrated in a fascinating walking trail around the town – you can view and download the Mortimer Trail
Tour The Town
Peep into the past and see what some parts of the town looked like in years gone by with the ‘What Was Here?‘ App.
Find it in ‘View trails’ on the App.
The Wold Rangers Way
Coming soon…. details of this exciting 43-mile circular walk from Driffield over the Yorkshire Wolds following in the footprints of the Wolds Rangers.
Welcome to Yorkshire ‘Walkshire’
Yorkshire is a destination known for some of the most beautiful countryside and coastal walks on the planet. The Welcome to Yorkshire campaign includes walks around towns & cities, in groups or for individuals, for families and colleagues as they demonstrate the physical and mental health benefits of walking as both a recreational activity and whilst at work.
Visit the Welcome to Yorkshire website for details of 365 curated walks throughout 2021
The Yorkshire Wolds Way (National Trail)
The Wolds Way is a beautiful 80 mile long footpath, stretching from Hessle on the banks of the Humber to Filey on the coast. The popular route passes through scenic grassy valleys and woodlands rich with wildlife, past ancient market towns and villages such as Market Weighton, Fridaythorpe, and Wintringham. The Yorkshire Wolds Way.
Unlock Secret Art along the Yorkshire Wolds Way, where poetry and paintings float in the landscape just waiting to be discovered. Inspiration to be had, quizzes to enjoy and badges to be won when you walk, explore and uncover Secret Art along the Yorkshire Wolds Way.
If you love the Wolds Way but you’re looking for a shorter walk in the same area, there are a great selection of shorter circular and linear walks around this National Trail.
Cleveland Way (National Trail)
A little further away but very accessible from Driffield and the Wolds is the Cleveland Way. This 109 mile (175km) National trail starts in the historic market town of Helmsley. The first part of the walk crosses the spectacular North York Moors National Park which boasts the beautiful scenery of the heather moorlands. Upon reaching the east coast at Saltburn-by-the-Sea, the second half of the route then follows the cliffs and coves of the North Yorkshire down to Filey.
More walks in the East Riding
East Riding of Yorkshire Council has produced several excellent walking guides covering Driffield and the Wolds which can be found here Walking The Riding
Some of our favourite walks…
Flamborough Head Circular
This is a 3.9 km circular walk around Flamborough Head (not far from Bridlington). This short walk offers wonderful scenic sea views and is ideal for all skill levels.
A circular walk of 8.7km from the Wolds village of Huggate which passes through the iconic dry valleys created around 18,000 years ago at the end of the Ice Age.
Before you set off…
What 3 Words
Before setting off on any outdoors adventure we recommend you download What 3 Words on to your smartphone. This useful App is now used by the Emergency Services and makes it easy to find places and prevents people from having to describe exactly where help is needed in an emergency.
Responsibilities for visitors to the countryside and those who manage the land can be found in the Countryside Code