From higher ground the Yorkshire Wolds appears to be a gently rolling landscape with expansive open views. Up close it looks quite different, with numerous steep-sided valleys criss-crossing the landscape and giving the area a unique character all of its own.
The dry valleys were created at the end of the last ice age, around 18,000 years ago, when the action of fast-running streams flowing over frozen ground carved out the valleys. The chalk on which the Yorkshire Wolds landscape has formed allows water to drain so efficiently that the valleys run dry. Discover these steep sided dry valleys on the Fridaythorpe circuit: a circular walk which follows the Yorkshire Wolds Way for some of the route.
The walk starts and ends in the village of Fridaythorpe, the mid-way point of the Yorkshire Wolds Way. Whilst in Fridaythorpe be sure to seek out the new WANDER artwork, disguised as a bus shelter, which provides a great place for walkers to have a rest and enjoy a picnic. The route also allows you to discover artwork by Chris Drury, called ‘Time and Flow’, again created as part of the WANDER project. This amazing artwork was inspired by the ice and water that shaped the landscape. It incorporates a dewpond and gentle grassy mounds representing lines of ancient waterways.