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This wonderful scenic walk, which takes in Cracoe and Rylstone Fell, visiting the large obelisk First World War memorial and the Rylstone Cross starts at a parking area in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales village of Rylstone (9 miles north of Skipton).

Setting off from South Cave this easy to navigate walk utilises the Yorkshire Wolds Way (YWW) and provides a great insight and introduction to the long distance path and the wonderful countryside available within this area.

I'm really proud that Living North magazine contacted me recently to promote the fantastic pastime of Geocachingand my idea of Grid Hunts within their spring edition.

The Walking Cave Man in Pictures

Although I’d love to explore these wonderful places more frequently, I have always tried to capture the locations I’ve been to and experienced, by taking pictures to remind myself of the walks I’ve done, a lot of which I also use in my blog posts as visual aids for my route guides.   

The Walking Cave Man - three years on

The blog has now been up and running for three years and together with ‘The Walking Cave Man Activity blog’, which mainly concentrates on the fantastic outdoor actives of Geocaching and Grid Hunts, now attacks thousands of visitors a month.

Wild Boar Fell

Wild Boar Fell (so called at it is reputed to be the place where the last wild boar in England was shoot) is a fantastic walk on open access land on the southern edge of the Eden Valley, giving panoramic views of the Howgills, the Mallerstag Valley and stunning scenery over the Yorkshire Dales. 

Warter Wander

This sixteen mile Yorkshire Wolds circular walk takes in two of the area's two most picturesque villages in the East Riding, Warter and North Dalton. 

This pleasant 16.5 mile trail is perfect for walkers who wish to walk a flat route over agriculture land and experience panoramic views over this part of East Yorkshire. The walk starts in Burton Agnes (home to Burton Agnes Hall) where off street parking is available at the primary school, although alternative starting locations are possible, for example from at Kilham or Bracey Bridge picnic area.

Fridaythorpe Five Dales

For walkers who like walking through and above dales, this is the route for you. The Fridaythorpe Five Dales, as the name suggests, takes the hiker through five of the most stunning dales the East Riding has to offer, and also the chance to put foot into a number of others.

Sir Tatton's Trail

The Sir Tatton Sykes Monument dominates this part of the Yorkshire Wolds from it's lofty position high above Driffield. This circular walk varies in walking terrain, including dales, country paths and crossing agricultural land with a few steep ascents throughout the route.

Short Walk - Stamford Bridge Stomp

Taking in the Stamford Bridge viaduct, this easy seven mile route follows the River Derwent for the first half of the walk, returning via agricultural farm land and a minor road finishing by crossing the viaduct back to the start.

(Walk No. D4) Tibthorpe Trundle

This pleasant 12 mile walk across sweeping East Riding of Yorkshire countryside, taking in the charming village of Wetwang and depending upon the route, picturesque Tibthorpe.

A Weel Treat

The 'Weel Treat' is a pleasant five and a half mile walk, setting off from the small village of Weel, positioned just East of Beverley situated on the banks of the River Hull. The route is well posted by footpath arrows at strategic points and therefore not a difficult walk to navigate.

Millington Wood

The enchanting Millington Wood is positioned between the two picturesque Yorkshire Wolds villages of Huggate (4 miles) and Millington (3 miles) along the connecting road of Pocklington Lane

The Walking Cave Man's top ten East Riding of Yorkshire Walks

I love walking the East Riding and have enjoyed all of my walks, although there are some which I believe stand out from the others. I have therefore listed below my personal favourites; exploring different parts of the county which I believe opens up the wide variety of paths available to everyone.

Manifold Trail - Peak District

The Manifold trail is a fantastic picturesque 9 mile linear cycle ride/walk through the Manifold Valley, along the old disused Leek and Manifold Light Railway in the White Peak area of the Peak District.

This is a superb walk around the south wolds villages of South Cave and Everthorpe, taking in Little Wold Plantation and depending upon route, the dales of Drewton and Coomber and North Cave. The longer route totals 7.5 miles, the shorter route being 4.5 miles.

On what was a fine, warm, clear sunny day, the KC Walking Group set off from Pen-y-pass (after catching the park and ride from Gwastadnant), heading out with the goal of ascending Snowdon by following the well established Miners footpath returning via Pyg Path.

The Windmill Way

This 26 mile route is utilised by the 1st Skidby Scouts as a challenge event called ‘The Windmill Way”, however is a rewarding walk at any time, taking in six wonderful East Riding of Yorkshire villages, the rolling hills and dales of the Yorkshire Wolds and the magnificent Skidby Windmill.

Pocklington Canal

This walks starts from the car park close to the first of the beautifully restored locks at Canal Head just off the A1079 south of Pocklington. The full Pocklington Canal walk is 9.5 miles ending at Storwood, however this circular route takes in the villages of Sutton upon Derwent and Allerthorpe.

Golden Fleece 2013

With the great success of the first running last year, with well over 300 entrants, the South Cave Scouts group, in conjunction with the East Yorkshire Long Distance Walking Association, will be holding its second Golden Fleece challenge walking on the 2nd March 2013 with all proceeds going to the Scout Group.

A Risby Ramble

Although this flat six and a half mile walk can be started from a couple of locations along the route, I have chosen to set off from the charming East Yorkshire village of Walkington. The route utilises a number of well established public footpaths and longer distance walking routes (in particular the Beverley 20 and the High Hunsley Circuit) taking in the beautiful village of Skidby. 

North Newbald Circuit

This six mile walk gives the walker a superb opportunity to experience some of the Yorkshire Wolds dales passing through sweeping landscape and views over East Yorkshire. The walk is achievable for all walking abilities, with only a few steep ascents, however is a great morning/afternoon's excursion that all walkers will undoubtedly enjoy.

East Yorkshire Railway Walks - Part 1 of 3 (West)

This is part one of a series of three East Yorkshire railway walking posts. This first post focuses on the area west of Hull, with part two primarily looking at these types of walks in the Market Weighton, Wharram Percy and Stamford Bridge vicinity, with part three looking at Hull and the east coast region.

My 2012 Walking Highlights

This year I have been fortunate enough to have visited and walked a number of places and thought it would be an opportunity to review some of my favourite experiences of 2012, outside of East Yorkshire, and the posts that I've put together for each of these.

High Hunsley updated route description

Updated route description by the East Yorkshire Ramblers

The Walking Cave Man Way

I've put this route together using well established paths including The Hudson Way, High Hunsley Walk, Wilberforce Way, Yorkshire Wolds Way and the Beverley Twenty. The walk is not difficult and should be achievable by anyone with experience of walking twenty miles.

East Yorkshire Open Access Walks

This post details walks that are available throughout East Yorkshire which incorporates open access land - A useful leaflet has been produced by the East Riding of Yorkshire Council detailing routes can be downloaded from this post.

East Yorkshire LDWA Challenge Walks 2013

Details a list of all the East Yorkshire group's challenge walks for 2013, detailing event dates and links to information for each particular walk.

Beverley Twenty Back Nine!

Depending upon the variations of the route this is a seven to nine mile circular walk, taking in the historic market town of Beverley, Walkington, Bentley and the Beverley Westwood. The walk can be started from various locations along the route, although I have described the walk from the Beverley Minster, however just as easy to start from either Walkington or the Beverley Westwood.


A post explaining the phenomenon of Geocaching. This blog details how it works, how to get started and also how to join in the fun. It also gives advice on resorces on locating caches and how to set up some yourself.

Top Hill Low Nature Reserve

Walking Cave Man Short Walk series - A five mile walk in a relatively unknown and little walked area of East Yorkshire, four miles from Watton, which takes in two fascinating reservoirs, a water works and a nature reserve.


Walking Cave Man Short Walk series - This is a eight and a half mile walk visiting the wonderful village of Thixdendale and the interesting deserted medieval village of Wharram Percy, East Yorkshire.

A new alternative route from Pen-y-ghent

A new alternative route from Peny-y-ghent to Whernside for walkers following the Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge to combat badly-eroded paths, details a map and the new route.

Mount Airy - South Cave, East Yorkshire

Walking Cave Man Short Walk series - This is a smashing little three mile walk, suitable for all walking abilities, although not one for very small children, giving fantastic views over the picturesque village of South Cave, the Humber estuary and an unusual feature of a hill top airfield

The second Walking Cave Man Grid Hunt

The second Walking Cave Man Grid Hunt is now available - Check out the new 'South Cave Grid Hunt' which is a fantastic nine mile circular route starting close to South Cave church.

East Yorkshire Medium to Long Distant Walking Paths

East Yorkshire is awash with hundreds of public footpaths, forming fantastic walks around the county, however apart from the routes detailed on this blog there are many medium to long distance paths having been put together by various organisations/individuals, that either start or pass through the East Riding of Yorkshire.

Two new walks on The Walking Cave Man

Two brand new walks in East Yorkshire added to the Walking Cave Man blog - select the 'East Yorkshire page' or click on the icon. (Walk No. D2 - 13 Miles) Wetwag Wander and (Walk No. D3 - 18.5 Miles) North Dalton

The Walking Cave Man Grid Hunts

The Walking Cave Man Grid Hunts - A post explaining the exciting new walking activity. This blog details how it works, how to get started and also how to join in the fun. The blog has links to the hunts in the East Yorkshire area.

The Haunted Way

The Haunted Way is a novel written by a friend of mine, Neil Wesson, that incorporates an actual long distance walk of approximately 30 miles. The walk starts in Branholme, East Hull. Following the Pennine Trail out of Hull the route visits many picturesque East Yorkshire villages and the historic town of Beverely. The walk is completed by reaching the town of Brough.

East Yorkshire Woodlands

There are many wonderful places to walk within East Yorkshire, the Yorkshire Wolds spring to mind, however sometimes I feel that our woodlands do not get the attention that they really deserve. I therefore hope that the following blog post will bring the woodlands we are lucky to have in this county into the limelight.

Appletreewick, The Yorskhire Dales

Walking Cave Man Short Walk series - A fabulous five mile walk taking in Appletreewick, the Yorkshire Dales, including pictures of the walk.

The Monsal Trail

The Monsal Trail is a 16 mile round cycle ride or walk from Blackwell Mill, Wyedale to Bakewell within the Peak District followings the old Midland railway line.

Dove Dale

This is an easy but extremely picturesque circular walk along the Dove Dale valley, passing somefascinating sights such as the the Dove Dale stepping stone, caves, Lions Head Rock and the Tissington Spires

East Yorkshire Walking Festival 2012

A fantastic ‘Walking and Outdoor Festival’ was held in the Yorkshire Wolds last weekend (14th to the 23rd September 2012), in which over 25 different events were organised, showcasing the best the area has to offer in terms of wildlife and the countryside.

Ingleton Waterfalls

A fantastic walk around some of the most beautiful waterfalls in the Yorkshire Dales - The four mile routes takes between two to three hours to walk. A great walk for the family.

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