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17. A classic circular Wolds walk between the villages of Fridaythorpe and Huggate and their medieval churches - Walking in the East Riding of Yorkshire

June 2012: These pictures illustrate Walk 17 "Fridaythorpe and Huggate" from the pathfinder guide "Vale of York and the Yorkshire Wolds Walks" compiled by Brian Conduit - a good name for a rich source of walks!

The 6.5 mile walk starts from the church in Fridaythorpe village, just up from the village pub and pond. There is a good parking place across from the church. The small church of St Mary is worth a visit.

St Mary's Church, Fridaythorpe: The west tower is Norman and still retains a small Norman window, and other parts of the church date from the mid to late 12th century.

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St Mary's Church, Fridaythorpe: A lovely spot to attend Sunday services.

 

St Mary's Church, Fridaythorpe: The north arcade on the left dates from the 13th century.

 

St Mary's Church, Fridaythorpe: The typical elaborate orders of carving on the south doorway

 

St Mary's Church, Fridaythorpe:

 

St Mary's Church, Fridaythorpe: *

 

St Mary's Church, Fridaythorpe:

 

St Mary's Church, Fridaythorpe: An old Bell and medieval font.

 

St Mary's Church, Fridaythorpe: The finely carved wood of the front of the altar table.

 

St Mary's Church, Fridaythorpe: The finely carved oak panelling of the Reredos above the altar.

 

The village pond, a suitable sheltered spot for a picnic and watch the ducks!

 

The Farmers Arms pub in Fridaythorpe, also describing itself as a 'Motel and Restaurant'.

 

Looking south-east down Holm Dale, through which the Yorkshire Wolds Way winds.

 

Looking back north while climbing up above Fridaythorpe Village

 

Heading south-west across Huggate Wold to Wold House Farm in amongst the trees

 

Looking north-east down the track across Huggate Wold

 

Looking north-east down the track across Huggate Wold just before Huggate House Farm

 

The yard and outbuildings of Wold House Farm

 

The bronze statue of David Midgley who was foreman at Huggate Wold from 1952 to 1988 - a fine tribute no doubt to a good loyal worker, as we head initially

 

Heading down south-east by West Lands in the direction of Huggate

 

On this section you join the walking route known as the 'Chalkland Way'.

 

 

Looking north-east into Horse Dale

 

Further into Horse Dale.

 

 

Above Horse Dale before joining the Wolds Way and heading for Huggate Village.

 

The attractive house above Glebe Farm north-west of Huggate.

 

St Mary's Church, Huggate: By coincidence this small East Riding Norman medieval church is also dedicated to St Mary. The west tower dates from the 14th century with a recessed spire added later. The parapet of the tower has some quite elaborate decoration

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St Mary's Church, Huggate: The elaborate decoration at the top of the original medieval church tower.

 

St Mary's Church, Huggate: Looking east down the nave towards the curved Norman chancel arch and through to the altar and east window. A fine simple setting to attend a church service on Sunday - or any other day for that matter.

 

St Mary's Church, Huggate: Looking west down the nave to the pointed arches supporting the tower.

 

St Mary's Church, Huggate:

Left: Still a few traces of the rich carvings on the capitals of the pillars of the nave.

Right: The old medieval octagonal font.

 

St Mary's Church, Huggate: The fine east window of Victorian stained glass.

 

St Mary's Church, Huggate: Two styles of 'renewed' medieval window tracery.

 

Leaving the north end of Huggate village. There is a good pub at the south end of the village called the 'Wolds Inn' on the Driffield Road

 

Cow Dale - no cows, but plenty of sheep which made this area prosperous in medieval times.

 

 

Cow Dale

 

The well 'manicured' road up to Northfield House

 

Many a signpost signifies the Yorkshire Wolds Way - a fine footpath and public bridleway route.

 

Heading north-west towards Horse Dale and Holm Dale.

 

Horse Dale, no horses, but lots of sheep.

 

Looking down on the NE end of Horse Dale and on into Holm Dale.

 

Walking north-west through Holm Dale on the Yorkshire Wolds Way.

 

Looking down and across to Fridaythorpe village from near the junction of the Glebe Farm track with the Cowpasture Road track.

 

Back past the Farmers Arms.

 

Back to the village pond in Fridaythorpe.

 

And finally back to the car near St Mary's Church, Fridaythorpe

 

 

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