Friday, 17 April 2015

Wolds Way Day 1

The Wolds Way

The Wolds Way is a National Trail in Yorkshire which picks up where the Cleveland Way ends at Filey and traverses through the Wolds towards Hessle ending beside the Humber Bridge.

Basic Facts:
Distance: 79 miles or 129 km
Officially opened: 2nd of October 1982
Located in North Yorkshire, England
Highest Point: Fridaythorpe 500 ft (152 m)
Lowest Point: Sea level
Trailer Markers: Acorn
Speed Record: The fastest official time to complete the route is held by Neil Ridsdale and Jim Rogers, who covered the full length from Filey to Hessle in 13 hours and 23 minutes on 9th August 2011.

Day 1
Filey >>
Wolds Way Caravan Site
Day 2
Wolds Way Caravan Site >>
Huggate Pub
Day 3
Huggate Pub >>
Robanne BnB
Day 4
Robanne BnB >>


Day 1 - 18.29 miles or 29.43 km
Filey >> Wolds Way Caravan Site

I wake up at 7am and dozed till 8ish. I know Tom won’t arrive till about half 8 and then he’s got to make his way to the campsite. We want to get a starting photo from the stone pillar which also marks the beginning of the Wolds Way. I get up and have frosted shreddies for breakfast, savouring the sugary, milky breakfast knowing I’ll be back to cereal bars for the next three mornings. Were quick to pack up and hang about waiting for Tom to join us.
Joe went in to return our key for the bathroom but the computer system had not register our payment from yesterday. Great start to the day. Joe comes back for our paperwork which the receptionist had printed out, we hadn’t checked it upon receiving and it too stated we had not paid yet.

“It’s not on the system” said the manager looking to us his eyes curious.

“But I did pay” Joe counters his voice sincere, “I used a 20 pound note and got change which I then used as as deposit on the bathroom key” the manager looks to us, his eyes going from Joe’s to mine and back again. He leaned back on his chair and ruffled his thin hair.
“Ok I believe you, I don’t know what happened to the system but I’ll take your word for it”

“Thank you! We did, honest” We smile relieved, thankful that he took our word on the unfortunate situation. I think Joe must have a very honest face, I remember  when a similar thing happen on a return train journey and he’d been given the wrong ticket; a return for the same day and amazingly the new conductor believe the error and let him continue on with the day return despite travelling a few days after the ticket was issued.
Then right on cue Tom arrives and we make our way back to the starting pillar, 400 meters back up the hill to get obligatory start photos. The sun is bright and were optimistic. Even though Joe and I completed our 110 mile Cleveland Way hike - Tom and I have to tackle and finish the Wolds Way especially after last years fail. We chatted animatedly walking through Filey. We said goodbye to Joe who headed to the bus station and we walk on, in the wrong direction….

The sun was shining and all was good as we bimbled along unaware that we were meant to have taken the first right not continue along. Luckily our small mistake is soon corrected and we retrace our steps and head into the wild. We see Joe waiting at the bus stop and are quite glad that he doesn’t spot us gingerly walk by opposite him. We had accidentally walked along the wrong trail but had only done so for a mile. Having corrected ourselves we walk on through Filey and out into the sunny sunshine which is smothering the countryside. 

Motoring along nicely we head up mini rolling hills and down the other side. Passing baaing sheep and bleating lambs who wobbling on new spring legs, their tails still attached. We stop for lunch at half 1 and have sandwiches. We sit in a shallow field avoiding the wind, watching the dark shapes of the clouds passing over the wheat fields. Along the route we find and pass by wooden, hand crafted acorns marking the way and distance between Filey and Hessle. It reads the distance between both; Filey 12 miles - Hessle 67 miles. We pressed on, as usual I was eager to make progress due to our high mileage aim of almost 19 miles - which was about 21 miles with the added hills and 2 miles of misadventure earlier.    

We had a fair way to go before we could rest for the day. I’d chosen a campsite making it easier on my brother who’d never done any long distance hiking or DOE and there happened to be one positioned nicely at about 20 miles. Walking on we rose above the Wolds and were able to survey the majority of the surrounding hills. We hike through Flixton Wold and Staxton Wold. We walked by pens of pigs, snorting and banging the metal sides squelching in the mud and nosing each other out the way. Then a golf course which we sit beside whilst eating clementines. Tom was beginning to feel fatigued so we eased the pace and climbed into a valley-ed wood called Knapton Wood. Pleasant cried and fleeted away flapping their wings furiously. Up we went on a gradual ascent, the time appearing to slow as we neared our camping site. 

Bit by bit we grew closer to the camping location and managed to arrive there the same time as another camper wanted a to pitch up. The campsite owner arrived and let us chill as he showed the first arrivees around. We got some more supplies for the evening and paid our £5 per person pitch. The campsite was luxurious; sporting a little tuck shop, a kitchen with radiator, hot drinks machine and microwave, bathrooms with showers and a bath! We pitch the tent and headed into the kitchen to heat up the beans. We spent the evening in there enjoying the novelty of sitting on chairs, then I head for a bath. It felt so good, I wash some clothes and acquired some hand soap from the bathroom. I fill the bath half way and sat comatose by the heat for 20mins, washing and stretching. 

Eventually I head out and get warm in my sleeping bag, pleased to not be moving and maintaining a toasty heat. I doze off as Tom heads in for a bath. I sleep until half 3 waking with a chill and lay awake for an hour more before moving and heading into the kitchen for a hot chocolate and to sit by the radiator. I turned it up to max and immediately feel warmer.

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