Just Beverley Issue 72 - Flipbook - Page 16
WALK THROUGH 2021
When you move naturally, as all other sentient
beings must, you experience more, and I know of
no better way to process the demands placed on
us by the pandemic.
Of course walking more is great for our physical
health too. I find if I do not regularly do at least
10,000 steps a day, the weight piles on; postChristmas I will probably be best doubling that!
Where should we go?
‘Ask any East Riding man (sic) where to find the
real Yorkshire and he will take you straight to the
Wolds.’ (Alfred J Brown)
Most lovers of the English countryside know and
love the two fantastic Yorkshire National Parks.
Neither takes too long to reach from our area for a
grand day walk. I have rambled all over them, from
the rugged peaks of our north west to the soaring
cliffs of our north east.
Here though, let’s focus on short walks that fall
within the boundaries of the East Riding. After all,
days spent here leave more time for walking and
less wasted getting there. Let me suggest brief
details on 4 local walks that encapsulate what is
It has been my great pleasure and privilege over
the past 4 years to share with you my walks
across our wonderful county, and these can all
be read at
As we head out of this most challenging of years,
I want to raise 4 W’s, each directed at why more
walking for health and pleasure should be a big
part of 2021 for most of us who are fortunate
enough to be able to do so.
colour - a kingfisher perched just 5 metres away
from me, well within camera range.
Only on foot are you likely to experience such
encounters, as I did during 2020 with soaring red
kites over Millington Dale, a bobbing deer near
Thearne, a startled hare at Huggate, and three
graceful cormorants drying their wings at Danes
Dyke. These moments enrich in ways which are
hard to fully understand, yet almost certainly link
to our being part of, not, apart from, nature.
. Wauldby circular
. Danes Dyke/South Landing return
. Londesborough Discovery
. Driffield explorer
Just north of the lovely village of Welton, is a
fascinating place; a much shrunken hamlet
with farm, chapel, pond and little else, but it is
surrounded by glorious Wolds scenery.
A walk down the dry valley towards Riplingham
and back along the ridge path is a joy at any
time of the year. One frosty February day was
Using examples from countryside, coast, village
and town strolls around the East Riding, let us
Why - we should walk more.
Where - we might best go.
When - we should go.
What - clothing and equipment we need.
Why should we walk more?
‘I think if I could not walk far, I should just explode’
One cold, yet dazzling January morning along
Beverley Beck illustrates well why walking more
is so beneficial. When time is scarce, I much enjoy
the walk from the beck head, past the moored
keels out to the River Hull, returning on the
On this occasion, the pastures of Figham were
sodden, the low sun reflected on the water and lit
up the glorious Minster in a familiar way, then, the
totally unexpected thrill, a flash of electric blue.
It’s hard to believe the exotic rush of speed and
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