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From: Middleton Arms, North GrimstonTo: Wolds Inn, Huggate14.9 miles24 km636m ascent661m descent
ThumbnailIf you look at your map over breakfast, you'll notice a couple of tempting short cuts along roads to rejoin the Wolds Way, but the roads are busy and without footpaths. My advice is to retrace your steps and rejoin the Wolds Way, especially if you've a dog with you. When you reach the stream you may be able to follow it upstream to avoid climbing up and down again. When you regain the Wolds Way, climb steeply up to The Peak - a rather ambitious name for those who've been up on Kinder Scout in the Peak District! Cross the road and descend again to Wharram-le-Street, which is a lovely village but sadly has no shop, pub or refreshment opportunities. Turn right up the hill and follow the Wolds Way to the deserted ruined village of Wharram Percy with its impressive church. It's a nice place for lunch, then climb up Deep Dale (not to be confused with Preston's home ground), before following the Way west then south to the pretty village of Thixendale nestling deep in a valley. There's a pub here, the Cross Keys, although the opening times are erratic especially midweek, but they do have accommodation if open. Follow the road south west (NOT up the hill) before turning left into lovely Thixendale Wold countryside. At a crossroads of paths double back steeply uphill, then it's down and up to Fridaythorpe, which is pretty much the half-way point on the Wolds Way. Don't get excited by the tempting "PH" shown on maps - there was a pub here but (sadly a familiar story) it closed a few years ago. There is however a biker's café and a petrol station for provisions. Both are very helpful to walkers, and campers may be allowed at the café. Leave Fridaythorpe due south and descend a lovely dry valley, typical of the Wolds, before a steep climb and drop down to Huggate where the Wolds Inn is just off route up the hill in the village.
Bus LogoFridaythorpeBeer LogoCross Keys, Thixendale: Wolds Inn, Huggate
Train LogoMaltonBed LogoCross Keys, Thixendale: Wolds Inn, Huggate
Car LogoSettrington Beacon: B1253: Wharram le Street: Thixendale: Gill's Farm: FridaythorpeTent Logo
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