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The Wold Rangers Way Walking Festival 2023

Organisers of the second World Rangers Way Walking Festival say preparations are on track to build on the success of last year’s event with a wide range of guided walks on offer to appeal to all ages and abilities.

This year’s festival will take place from 17th to 24th June and will feature 18 different walks ranging from three miles to 44 miles.

The festival aims to encourage people to get out walking and promote the health benefits of that while also boosting tourism and giving a welcome boost to shops and businesses. The World Rangers Way is a 44-mile circular walking trail launched in 2021, which starts and finishes in Driffield. It follows green lanes and bridlepaths through the beautiful countryside of the Yorkshire Wolds as walked by the Wold Rangers in years gone by.

As well as the main trail, taking in many Wolds villages from Garton-on-the-Wolds, Wetwang, Fimber, Fridaythorpe, Huggate, and Thixendale, there are also a number of shorter walks or ‘Trods’ named after some of the more well-known Rangers, with all routes following the public rights of way that were walked every day for over 200 years by this group.

Wold Rangers Way trustee Mark Blakeston said he is looking forward to the 2023 festival which will build on the success of the inaugural event. He said, “Tickets are going really well for all the walks. We have a range of different routes and events available to suit all abilities and interests. While the majority of the basic guided walks are free, there will be a small charge for some of the more specialized walks.”

“This year we have tried to incorporate more late afternoon and evening walks to give more people the opportunity to take part, and we have tried to tie in with local pubs to finish with a drink and something to eat. Following publicity about the festival in the Countryfile magazine and on Radio 5 Live, we have had interest from groups across the country, including from the Cornwall Ramblers who have spoken about bringing a group of 32 to Driffield and the Wolds for the festival.”

“It has always been our intention to boost the area as a walking destination and to help bring tourism to the town and surrounding villages. The festival will be centered around Driffield, with many walks starting and finishing in the town which provides great opportunities for local hotels, B&Bs, and businesses to get involved. It promises to be another cracking week with something for everyone.”

For more information about the Wold Rangers Way and to book tickets for the festival, please see the website https://woldrangersway.org


Walk 1 – Horse Hair Jack Trod with Lunch and Talk (9 miles).

Starts at 9.30 am from Market Place on Saturday 17th June. Cost £12.50.

The Horse Hair Jack Trod (path) is one of a series of Wold Ranger Way trails.

This guided walk is approximately nine miles long and is circular, taking place over a mixture of made-up footpaths, green lanes, and tracks.

This walk should take approximately three to four hours to complete depending on the walking pace of the group and the number of stops made.

After the walk, lunch will be served at Cass Hall in Driffield, and there will be a talk about the creation of the Wold Rangers Way walk and history of some of the characters.

Wold Rangers Way Walking Festival 2022

Walks 2 and 3 – Yorkshire Wolds Geocaching (3.5 miles easy).

Two events at 10 am and 11.30 am at Huggate on Sunday, 18th June. Cost £5 per family of up to 6 people.

Geocaching is an outdoor recreational activity, where participants use GPS equipment to find hidden containers called geocaches or caches at specific locations marked by coordinates. This geocache trail, through the beautiful village of Huggate and the surrounding dry dales, will see participants use the GPS units to find the hidden caches along the trail. It is described as a great family event and the perfect introduction to the Wold Rangers Way and Yorkshire Wolds Way. This Yorkshire Wolds Geocaching event is new to the Wold Rangers Way walking festival but is expected to become a firm family favourite. It showcases the very best of the Wolds landscape and big skies and gives family groups the opportunity to try geocaching in this beautiful landscape.

This event is approximately 3.5 miles and takes place over a mixture of tracks, green lanes, and footpaths. This self-led event should take approximately an hour-and-a-half to complete depending on the walking pace of the group and the number of stops made. All equipment will be provided. The cost is £5 per family to book and £20 cash deposit on the day. The recommended group size is a maximum of six with a minimum of one adult.

Wolds From Above – Huggate Summer 2022

Walk 4 – Berating the Bounds Boots and Beer Walk (6 miles easy).

Starts at 2pm from Market Place on Sunday 18th June.

Beating the Bounds is a tradition dating back to Anglo-Saxon times. It is thought to have derived from the Roman festival Terminalia, which was celebrated on 22nd February in honor of Terminus, the god of boundaries.

The purpose of beating the bounds was to share the knowledge of where the parish boundaries lay and to bless the crops and pray for protection of the parish in the coming year. The ceremony was usually performed during Rogationtide and concluded with a feast, which made it popular with local residents.

The custom involved a group of boys, led by parish clergy and officials, walking around the boundaries of their church parish and beating the boundary markers with sticks. Before the Reformation, these annual processions were considered important ceremonial affairs, and Lords of the Manor, their bailiffs, reeves, and stewards would also attend.

The boys beat the parish boundary markers (usually a gatepost, wall, tree, or boundary stone) with boughs of birch or willow. The reason for including the younger generation was to ensure that the witnesses to the boundaries survived for a long time.

In the days before maps and written title deeds, beating the bounds played an important practical purpose. Regularly checking the boundaries was also a way of maintaining their integrity and preventing encroachment by neighboring parishes; sometimes boundary markers would be mysteriously moved, or lines obscured.

This guided walk is approximately six miles long and is circular, taking place over a mixture of made-up footpaths and tracks that cross the parish boundary. This walk should take approximately three hours to complete, depending on the walking pace of the group. Following the walk, the group will head to a nearby pub for refreshments.

Wold Rangers Way Walking Festival


Walk 7 – Thixendale Figure of Eight (4 miles and 6 miles)

Starts at the village hall car park in Thixendale on Tuesday 20th June at 9 am.

This day of walking will give people the chance to explore the Wold Rangers Way and Yorkshire Wolds Way around Thixendale. Walkers will enjoy a figure of eight walk, through dry dales and country lanes, with the opportunity to enjoy their packed lunch at the village hall, where they can enjoy a cuppa, chat to Wold Rangers Way and Yorkshire Wolds Way staff, and maybe plan their next walk.

This guided walk is approximately 10 miles long and is a figure of eight style walk (two circular loops of approximately four miles and six miles each) taking place over a mixture of tracks, green lanes, and footpaths. The first loop will be completed in the morning, arriving back at Thixendale where the village hall will be open for walkers to eat their packed lunch. The afternoon will complete the second loop, finishing again in Thixendale.

Wold Rangers Way maps and other merchandise, as well as a range of other local walking maps, will be available at the village hall at lunchtime.

This walk should take approximately six-and-a-half hours to complete, depending on the walking pace of the group and the number of stops made

Walk 12 – The Wold Rangers Way Overnight (44 miles, challenging) Starts at 6 pm from Market Place on Wednesday 21st June. Cost £10.

This overnight walk covering the full 44 miles of the Wold Rangers Way on the longest day should take approximately between 14 and 18 hours to complete, depending on the conditions, walking pace of the group, and the number of stops made.

The £10 entry fee goes towards the event running costs, with any surplus going to the Wold Rangers Way Charity. A Just Giving page has been created where event participants are encouraged to raise sponsorship towards a chosen charity. This year, the charity is Prostate Cancer UK – a cause close to the heart of the organizers. Please share the link to obtain sponsorship and raise awareness: [Just Giving Page Link]

A free t-shirt is provided to each team member (sizing chart and order details will be provided nearer the event date).


Walk 16 – Yorkshire Wolds Geopark walk

(5 miles, easy) Starts at 11 am at Fridaythorpe on Friday 23rd June. Cost £6.13

This Yorkshire Wolds Geopark walk will give people the opportunity to learn all about the unique landscape, the geology, faults, dolines, dew ponds, and building stones of the Yorkshire Wolds. This circular walk will be educational as well as a fascinating walk amongst the dry dales around Fridaythorpe and showcases the very best of the Wolds landscape and big skies.

This guided walk is approximately five miles long and takes place over a mixture of tracks and footpaths. One of the most popular events in 2022, this walk should take approximately four to five hours to complete depending on the walking pace of the group and the number of stops made and questions asked.


Walk 18 – Garton and Sykes Churches (12 miles easy/moderate)

Starts at 9.30 am from Market Place on Saturday 24th June.

The Church of St Michael and all Angels, Garton on the Wolds, is a beautiful church of medieval origins that was built c.1132. Long connected to the Sykes family of Sledmere, Sir Tatton Sykes, 4th Baronet undertook a major reconstruction of the building in 1856 and 1857. Sykes’ son, the fifth baronet, employed George Edmund Street to design a series of murals for interior decoration, depicting a range of bible stories. The murals were restored between 1985 and 1991. The walk to the Church uses part of the Horse Hair Jack Trod.

This guided walk is approximately 12 miles and is circular, taking place over a mixture of made-up footpaths, green lanes, and tracks. This walk should take four or five hours to complete, depending on the walking pace of the group and the number of stops made.

Garton On the Wolds

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