A bigger picture, David Hockney’s hugely successful 2012 exhibition at the Royal Academy has unveiled the “well-kept secret” of the Yorkshire Wolds to an international audience. But the forecast increased number of visitors won’t see some of the best kept secrets revealed on this annual 23-mile Challenge Walk.
Run in partnership with the East Yorkshire Group of the Long Distance Walkers’ Association; the Parish Church Council; two Country Estates (Birdsall and Sledmere) and local farmers, this mainly off-footpath route is based on the traditional village walk held, after haymaking, to give estate workers the bigger picture. The long distance route (the shorter village walk is still held on the same day) crosses the Deer Park on its circuit of the Sledmere Estate and adjoining Wolds hills and dales. The minimum kit required is: map (Explorer 300), compass, waterproofs, first aid kit and mug.
All entrants under the age of 18 (minimum age 12 years) must be accompanied by a responsible adult throughout the event. For conservation, land management and safety reasons, the access to private land on this walk is not allowed at any other time without permission.
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