Climb a steep hill and find a sculpture at Wintringham

  • Climb a steep hill and find a sculpture at Wintringham
This includes one of the steepest parts of the trail but the climb is well worth it for panoramic views of the North York Moors and across the Vale of Pickering.

The Yorkshire Wolds Way climbs steeply after leaving Wintringham. Although not far to climb, the 60-metre rise over just 200 metres is a short sharp shock in an otherwise gently rolling landscape!

Don’t worry if you are a little out of breath when you reach the top. Take the chance to rest and enjoy the view whilst contemplating a sculpture by Jony Easterby. Entitled ‘Enclosure Rites’, it was the first piece of artwork to be commissioned as part of the WANDER project. Jony Easterby worked with archaeologists to research the cultural landscape and develop an artwork inspired by the ancient history of this special place. The creation of a pond and wildlife meadows as part of the artwork celebrates the rich and abundant wildlife of the Yorkshire Wolds. The sculpture is located within the Wolds Way Caravan and Camping site, which offers high quality accommodation and panoramic views across the Vale of Pickering. Experience this stunning artwork for yourself and discover how it inspires you to see the landscape in new ways.

Before taking a deep breath and making the steep climb, why not have a look at what Wintringham has to offer? The village features a magnificent church, Saint Peter’s – one of the most interesting churches along the trail and constructed from the same seam of Tadcaster limestone that was used to build York Minster Cathedral. Look out for the fascinating stained-glass windows and the curious instructions to bellringers written by the church clerk in 1723:

I pray you Gentlemen beware, And when you ring ye Bells take care, For he that Rings and breaks a stay, Must pay Sixpence without delay, And if you ring in Spurs or Hatt, You must likewise pay Sixpence for that.

Location map

© Crown copyright and database rights 2013. Ordnance Survey 100021930.
Wintringham Village
2.9 km (1.8 miles)
1½ hours
OS Map: 
OS 300