Start / End: Field House Coffee Barn, Tibthorpe
Distance: 2.43 miles
Time: 1 hour
Map: OS 294
This is a great walk if you don't have long and just want to get out along a lovely stretch of countryside but then spend some time chatting with friends over a cup of coffee and slice of cake at Field House Coffee Barn.
1. Park up at Field House Coffee Barn, but if you are heading straight off please be sure to pop in to let them know and then, of course, call in for some refreshments once you get back! Head off behind the Coffee Barn along their permissive path and once you are through their gate turn left.
2. Follow the path around the field as it turns right at the corner and head on up to the Wolds Rangers Way at the top where there is a sign pointing back to the Coffee Shop. Turn left.
3. Follow the Wold Rangers Way along as it heads towards Deep Dale which you enter through a gate. Then just go straight ahead (there is another gate immediately on your right but DO NOT go through this - this is our longer Fieldhouse Square route if you fancy doing that at another time).
4. Walk ahead through Deep Dale until you get to the next gate. The Wold Rangers Way path continues straight ahead, but today just turn left before the gate and follow the path along the field edge with the hedge line on your right.
One of the most famous of the Wolds Rangers was Dog Geordie who trod the green lanes around the Wolds with his lurcher. Dog Geordie was the last of the male Wold Rangers, who lived this life through choice, choosing the freedom of the lanes and a warm loose box for shelter in summer and visiting the workhouses of Driffield, Malton and York for a bit of respite in the winter months. He was an accomplished countryman and would bring pheasant to the drumming up, the communal feast regularly enjoyed by the Rangers, without having fired a shot. Instead, he used a technique of coiling a horse hair covered in grain, which the hungry pheasant would approach and then find its long claws knotted up and trapped in the horse hair.
Other than during nine years from 1939 to 1948, when he joined up to fight in the Second World War, Dog Geordie lived in the Wolds until by 1987.
5. Follow the bridleway all the way back to the road and then turn left.
6. The fairly quiet road heads back to Field House Camping, where you turn in left at their sign and then take the fork right which goes back up to the Coffee Barn.
Now you can enjoy that cup of coffee and cake whilst overlooking the glorious views of the Wolds from their back door.
This walk can also be added to our other Field House Short Walk to make a walk of just over 5 miles. You just head the same way out of the Coffee Barn then turn either left or right to do the walk around to the road at either end, and then walk past the sign to the Camp Site on the road to pick up the other short walk and do it backwards!