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
The Wold Rangers, a nomadic tribe of gentlefolk of yesteryear, trod the ancient green lanes and bridlepaths of the spectacular Yorkshire Wolds. Now you can take on the challenging 43 mile circular trail of The Wold Rangers Way or one of the shorter ‘Trods’ with Croom Mabel (2.5 miles), Horse Hair Jack (9 miles), Ginger Joe (13 miles), Dog Geordie (17 miles) or Mad Halifax (22 miles).
All Trods start and finish in Driffield, the Capital of the Wolds.
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.
Ten Top Trails
Here are 10 fantastic walks in the East Riding
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