Circular Hockney Trail Cycle Route along Woldgate

Introduction

This 26 mile route takes in much of the countryside which David Hockney used to create the artworks that have been shown at the Royal Academy. The route starts at Bridlington Old Town.



Route Map

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Conditions

Easy all the way with gentle inclines

Hazards and warnings

Some traffic on minor roads

Detailed description

The route begins in Bridlington Old Town, and continues towards Woldgate and onward to Kilham. Leave Langtoft and head towards Octon Cross Roads up the B1249. At the round about turn right and head towards Octon  along the B1253, and onwards to Burton Fleming which is in the bottom of the Great Wold Valley. From here the route goes to Grindale, then Boynton before returning to Bridlington Old Town.

Narrative

David Hockney is an artist who has displayed many artworks at the Royal Academy of the East Yorkshire countryside. One of the main roads which Hockney visited was Woldgate which is approximately 8 miles long. The route begins in Bridlington Old Town, and continues towards Woldgate and onward to Kilham. Woldgate was the theme for many of his Woldgate and ‘The Arrival of Spring’ series of paintings. Along the way there are many places that David Hockney sat and painted using his iPad, paints and charcoal the countryside of the Yorkshire Wolds. The route travels along the full length of Woldgate to Kilham where the artist spent a fair bit of time capturing various images. On the way out of Kilham on the way to  Langtoft the artist created ‘The Tunnel’ which is a farm track lined with trees on either side. Just before arriving in Langtoft Hockney created another painting called ‘Tracks Into Wheat Field Near Langtoft’ Leave Langtoft and head towards Octon Cross Roads up the B1249. At the round about turn left and head towards Thwing, and onwards to Burton Fleming which is in the bottom of the Great Wold Valley. From here the route goes to Grindale, then Boynton before returning to Bridlington Old Town.

On returning to Old Town you could visit a number of art galleries, antique shops and the award winning Georgian Tea Rooms. On Market Place is Gallery 49 which sells a number of limited edition Hockney prints.

In the local area there is also Sewerby Hall and Gardens, award winning seafront esplandes, Burton Agnes Hall and the Heritage Coast of Flamborough Head, plus many eating establishments including the fish and chip shop which was voted best in the UK, Fish and Chips at 149 on Marton Road.

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