Yorkshire Wolds Walk
The deserted village of Wharram St Percy
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Walk Route Description
This short North Yorkshire walk explores the countryside to the south of the deserted village of Wharram Percy including scenic Deep Dale. The Yorkshire Wolds provide some excellent walking with wide ranging views, steep sided valleys and quiet well-signed paths. The highlight of this walk is the deserted village of Wharram St. Percy with its ruined parish church dominating the scene. Maintained by English Heritage, information boards describe how this once thriving community gradually fell from favour.
The walk starts from the small EH car park (Grid ref. SE866644). Exit the car park onto the lane and turn right (south), following the Centenary Way. The road turns right and then immediately left where you take the Centenary Way on your right. Following the track west ignore the first signed bridleway on your left and continue for about 800 metres to reach the rim on Deep Dale, which is on your right (grid ref. SE858631).
Turn right off the track here following the signed path (Yorkshire Wolds Way) north along the edge of Deep Dale, which drops steeply down to your left. After a further 800 metres the path descends into the Dale with an excellent view of the deserted village dominated by the ruined church. Information boards offer a detailed history of the village and its demise. After exploring the church continue north along a track to reach a junction (grid ref. SE860645). Turn right here following the Centenary Way uphill to reach the car park used at the start of the walk.
Other walks nearby
Walk 3515 Deepdale and the deserted village of Wharram St. Percy - easy - 5.0 miles/8.1 km
Walk 3434 North Grimston, Birdsall & Wharram Percy - moderate - 12.1 miles/19.7 km
Walk 2703 Circular from Thixendale through Kirby Underdale - easy/mod - 8.5 miles/13.8 km
Walk 2655 Wayram To Fridaythorpe Circular - easy/mod - 7.5 miles/12.2 km
Walk 2906 Circular from Wayrham Through Painsthorpe - moderate - 8.5 miles/13.8 km
Walk 3349 Pasture Dale, Frendal Dale and Horsedale from Huggate - easy/mod - 9.1 miles/14.8 km
Walk 1779 Four Dales from Huggate - easy/mod - 9.0 miles/14.6 km
Walk 3740 Cowlam & Cottam Circular - easy/mod - 8.0 miles/13 km
Walk 3126 Kirkham Priory & Pretty Wood from Low Hutton - moderate - 11.0 miles/17.9 km
Walk 3127 Bishop Wilton from Millington - moderate - 13.4 miles/21.8 km
Recommended Books & eBooks
The Cleveland Way and the Yorkshire Wolds Way
A walking guidebook to the Cleveland Way and Yorkshire Wolds Way National Trails, plus the Tabular Hills Walk. Crossing the North York Moors National Park, coastal scenery and quiet countryside, the three routes can be joined to create an easy circular route of over 250 miles (400km). Includes a 1:25,000 scale OS map booklet of the Cleveland Way.
Trail and Fell Running in the Yorkshire Dales
Guidebook to 40 of the best trail and fell runs in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Ranging from 5 to 24 miles, the graded runs start from bases such as Ribblehead, Dent, Sedbergh, Malham and Grassington and take in the region's diverse delights, from castles and waterfalls to iconic mountains such as Whernside, Ingleborough and Pen Y Ghent.
Map and Compass
An instructive guidebook explaining map and compass techniques, to help readers enhance their outdoor experiences. Whether you are experienced in map-reading, or have never used a compass before, this guidebook will sharpen your skills and have you exploring new areas in no time. There are also tips for GPS and digital mapping technologies.