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Yorkshire Wolds

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Introduction

The Yorkshire Wolds are a series of gently undulating hills and valleys which stretch in a broad arc from the west of Hull and Beverley up to the north of Bridlington in the East Riding of Yorkshire in the Yorkshire and the Humber region. The hills meet the sea in the north at Flamborough Head a designated Heritage Coast. The whole crescent of the Yorkshire Wolds is 126 kilometres in length so don't settle for a day trip, stay in the area and explore!

David Hockey has made his home in the Yorkshire Wolds and it has insired his work over the past few years - his Royal Academy exhibition in early 2012 features heavily the landscapes of the Yorkshire Wolds.

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Geography

The Wolds are a chalk escarpment and the landscape was effectively created in the Ice Age. The glaciers scoured out deep sharp sided valleys which cut across the gentle hills, they also deposited the boulder clay that makes up the plain of Holderness which lies between much of the Yorkshire Wolds and the coast.

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Cities

There are no cities in the Yorkshire Wolds - a wonderful rural setting with villages and market towns. Driffield is said to be the capital of the Yorkshire Wolds and the market town of Beverley on the edge of the Yorkshire Wolds is not to be missed. Beverley still retains it's charm as a busy market town and has a growing cafe culture. Bridlington is the main seaside resort.

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Sights and Activities

Glorious countryside - cycle routes, walking and horse riding for the more active. The area is rich with substantial houses and the stately homes of Burton Agnes and Sledmere should not be missed. There are wildlife reserves.

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Getting There

By Plane

The nearest airports are Humberside and Leeds Bradford International Aiport (LBA).

By Train

Trains to York, Beverley and Hull serve the area.

By Car

From the south up the A1 or M1 and turn off on the M18 joining the M62, you then join the southern most part of the Yorkshire Wolds and can explore up the area.

By Bus

To Hull, York or Beverley.

By Boat

Across the North Sea to Hull - daily ferries from the contintent.

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Getting Around

The ideal way to explore the area is by car. There is a rural bus service, but it's fairly limited.

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Eat

A wonderful range from simple cafe's to michelin starred restaurents.

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Drink

Village pubs across the area with wine bars and town pubs in Beverley, Driffield and Bridlington.

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Sleep

A huge range from simple B&B's to country house hotels, camping to high quality self catering holiday cottages.

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