19 August 2010
The most northerly chalk hills in Great Britain, this area lies in the south-eastern area of Ryedale. The Wolds are characterised by gently rolling hills, not greater than 800 feet in height, and dry valleys. Large arable fields dominate the tops, whilst smaller pastures are common in the valleys. On a clear day, the Wold tops give spectacular views of the Vale of Pickering and the moors, and to York. Great burial mounds dating back to the Neolithic, Bronze and Iron Age are common in this area, the largest being at Duggleby. The lost village of Wharram Percy, an English Heritage site, can be found here. Deserted by about 1500, all that remains is the ruined Church. Excavations have revealed the site of cottages, the earliest dating back to the 13th century, with the archaeological finds on view at Malton Museum. The beauty of the Yorkshire Wolds can be explored by walking the Wolds Way, a 79-mile National Trail, or one of the shorter circular walks, which start at various points along this Trail.
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For more information on the Yorkshire Wolds, visit the official National Trail Yorkshire Wolds website.