I picked John up at 15.30 on Saturday and drove to our new starting point in the pretty village of Welton. We have about 5 minutes less to travel than we did to Hessle to start leg 1, so in total the round trip should take us 10 minutes less this time. The Yorkshire Wolds Way arcs towards where we live, with the stretch between Millington and Fridaythorpe being only about 10-15 minutes’ drive away from base. For now though, and as will be with the later stages, we are having to make 45 minute drives out to the starting points; so every 5 minutes counts as it buys us that little extra time.
So here we are, Dale Road, Welton. Start no2. We ran uphill for 400 yards or so out of the village and past the beautiful Welton Spring on our right. The road became a trail, and led to a cottage in the woods. We ran over a culvert, the spring left of the track flowing down a small waterfall. We opened the gate and ran out north on the track.
The track here was reminiscent of the chalk valley sections we had tried out previously in the Fridaythorpe area. We had woods to our left, and a steep grassy and yellow heather laden bank to our right as we ran through up a slight incline. Eventually we arrived at another gate, exactly 1 mile in now, through the gate we continued on a narrower path through a wood, still up a slight incline. After another 3-400 yards or so, we arrived upon a cemented bridleway which ran west to east uphill and across our path.
The YWW sign pointed right (east) up the bridleway. After 200 yards or so, I spotted the YWW sign (John never) pointing left across a field (SC 1, JD 0), so we corrected ourselves and headed across back in the northerly direction. Past some dog walkers, and now with a big farm on our left. Here the track became more prominent as we were now among what appeared to be a network of bridleways snaking over the various hills. We we’re now also among a number of large wind turbines, surely doing their part in contributing to our renewable energy mix, as it always seems bloody windy round here.
After the odd twist and turn, we went down a steep decline and then John spotted the YWW sign pointing us west. I missed it this time (SC 1, JD 1). We turned left up a narrow track and through a half mile long wooded section, until we eventually hit a road T-Junction. Lambwell Hill ran south to north across our path, and Elloughton Dale straight ahead of us. We crossed over and ran up Elloughton Dale until it took a sharp left, at which point we left the road section to continue on the YWW trail.
This section was hard going, like most of the route thus far it seemed to be mostly uphill, and at this point the terrain (due to tractor tracks) was extremely bumpy and uneven. We continued in this direction and passed an YWW Acorn path marker saying 69 miles to Filey. That means that we are 10 miles from the start at Hessle (1/2 way into stage 2). The track then gave way to a road; Spout Hill.
At the summit of Spout Hill, I paused to take a picture of the Humber I could see in the distance, plus various roads and villages, as we we’re at the top of this sections hills. As we ran down, we spotted our first deer! Massive it was as well, more like a moose. The road was steep here, and we could see the start of the roof tops which must belong to Brantingham. All of a sudden a YWW sign pointed right, and John completely missed it. This was a particularly sneaky one, and it was really by chance that I noticed it. Nevertheless I take the lead in the YWW navigation stakes (SC 2, JD 1). This took us down a steeped fenced off path between two fields, so steep it was precarious to run down, down to a gate at the next road section; Dale Road.
Here the sign pointed right, not that John noticed, he just ambled across and then looked back at me confused. I showed him the sign (SC 3, JD 1). We headed past All Saints Church, Brantingham (A pretty church in a wonderful situation, founded in the 12th Century and lovingly restored by the Victorians in the late 19th century) on our right, then slightly up hill on the road into a private wood.
As the road bent right we saw the YWW sign again, and the track pointed us into the wood. The sign suggested that South Cave was 2 miles away, but we had now covered about 5 miles, and here was a layby where we could park next time. We decided to head back. Then we saw our second deer! This was up a hill in the wood at the opposite side of the road. I took a picture of it. John noted that these deer are darker in colour then the deer seen nearer home (again flexing his superior Askham Bryan College nurtured rural expertise, he thinks he’s like some kind of farmer Bear Grylls!).
Back then to the lung busting challenge of mounting Spout Hill, but after the exertion, we are rewarded with a mostly downhill trot back. It did get windy, and a little cold though on the way back. A good quick pace, only halted when John needed a slash. We retraced our steps, and cheerfully made it back to my car. A very nice, varied, and picturesque section complete. It really is a nice part of the countryside this way out, and until taking this on, neither of us would have ever knew.
We had parked outside an unusually white telephone box (a KC 6 telephone box), like off of the past, and we’re startled (then amused) when an old bloke suddenly lurched out of it! It actually had a fully operational pay phone inside it as well! In 2017!
Phone Boxes in the Hull area are unique in being coloured white, different from the usual red. This is because Hull had its own independent telephone company, KC Communications, founded in 1902. There you go!
We had our customary coffee from John’s flask and then headed off home.
Next time, as South Cave is only 2 miles from our next starting position, we hope to make it past there to a further point. North Newbald beckons, however this may be too far, so it could be an intersecting road that we aim for rather than a village per se; we’ll see.
Also, an admin catch up of the YWW Navigational Stakes referenced in brackets above; on Stage 1 we only went wrong the once, which was my fault, so I have to add 1 to John’s score, therefore following 2 stages its SC 3, JD 2.
Finally, the route this time took us on a bit of a dog leg, and our distance, as the crow flies, was probably only about 2 ½ miles, so we still have a good distance to drive out. Probably about the same to Brantingham as it was to Welton really, but after we get past South Cave next time, we should see more significant progress.
Stay tuned as the adventure continues, but for now…….That’s all folks!!