Start / End: South Cave
Distance: 2.8 miles
Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Map: OS 294
A short walk two parts - Loop One explores Little Wold Plantation and finds one of the lovely hand-carved poetry benches. Loop Two goes into Great Wold Plantation and is a nice addition if you want to stretch your legs further.
1. Take the Beverley road from the centre of South Cave and park on the left-hand side of the road as you get to the village sign. Walk back toward the village and you will see a signpost on your left and the Yorkshire Wolds Way (+Newbold 5 miles) footpath on your right. Follow the path uphill as the views of the Wolds open up and note the Little Wolds vineyard on your left.
2. At the top of the path turn right and follow the Wolds Way into Little Wold Plantation. Keep to the lower path and in a short distance you will reach the secret poetry bench.
The bench was designed and built by Angus Ross and features the first part of the poem by John Wedgwood Clarke -
We shed them one by one, by shattered field and barley seas, until the way is open for echoes of us made strange by wind, deserted barn, the shifting trade of shadows on the Humbri, Humbre, Humber, our mouths to springs that speak in tongues of thirst. - John Wedgwood Clark
3. Rest for a while at the bench (particularly with a poorly ankle and having fallen over again trying to take a photo of Bill) and then carry on up the path. Follow the path the almost the end of the wood, looking out for the views to your right over the Humber Estuary which are revealed as you walk along.
4. As you near the end of the plantation and just after a plaque in the memory of Alix Draper - 'A Bright spirit and lover of nature' turn up left and then follow the top path around the wood to the other end (always taking the higher path). At the other end, turn left after enjoying the view from the edge of the wood and follow the path back down to where you came in and then turn right and left again onto the Yorkshire Wolds Way.
Now follow your original route back down the hill to the village sign (1.).
You can finish here if you have had enough or continue on the second loop.
Starting From: HU15 2BB / What3Words - fries.season.flotation
5. Cross the road (dogs on leads) and take the Yorkshire Wolds Way up Steep Hill to where it bends right at another Wolds Way signpost. Carry on straight (do not turn right on the farm road) and continue your climb through the wood.
6. Walk through the wood (Great Wold Plantation) and out the other side where on the day of my walk in August there was a beautiful borage field field and bee hives.
7. Just before the start of another strip of woodland turn right along the farm path still following the Yorkshire Wold Way. (if you turn left here you will come to the attractively called Sweatty Hill!). The farm track heads round the bottom of Great Wold farmland and then bends to the right and through Mount Airy Farm (do not turn left just before the farm on another branch of the Wolds Way). You are now on the farm road back to where you started, so just follow it down and round and you will come back to Beverley Road.
If you want to explore this area further Little Wolds Vineyard has bookable tasting tours and the Cellar Door Shop (currently open Friday and Sunday 11am - 4pm - but check the website link below beforehand). Plus you won't be able to take your dog(s) I'm guessing!
There is also the Fox and Coney pub (very dog friendly) in South Cave as well as several others that you might want to check out. Plus Drewtons Farm Shop, which can be found on your way out of the village on the Market Weighton road, where you can get a bite to eat at the tearooms or take some locally grown produce home with you for tea.
The Poetry Bench at South Cave - Loop One