Where is Hockney Country ?

View Hockney Country – Yorkshire Wolds in a larger map

‘Hockney Country’ better known as the Yorkshire Wolds is one of the most beautiful parts of the UK countryside. It makes an ideal location for a holiday among the rolling hills and hidden dales that make up this part of East Riding of Yorkshire. With an area of around 420 square miles, the Yorkshire Wolds has many places to explore.

North Yorkshire may have the North Yorkshire Moors National Park and the Dales, but we have our own gem in the form of the Yorkshire Wolds and Heritage Coast. Among the valleys and hills nestle places of interest that the tourists have not found yet. There are market towns including Beverley, Market Weighton, Pocklington and Malton and the seaside resort of Bridlington where David Hockney currently resides.

The area has a good selection of restaurants offering fine dining with local produce and some Michelin Starred pubs. Accommodation wise there is a wide selection of family owned hotels and guest houses.

The Yorkshire Wolds are low lying hills composed of chalk in the counties of East Yorkshire and North Yorkshire in northern England. The Wolds begin on the banks of the River Humber near the Humber Bridge and widen out into a broad arc finally reaching the sea at Flamborough Head, north of Bridlington.

Cowlam Dale

Cowlam Dale

The most noticeable feature of the landscape is a lack of water courses. The valleys that can be seen were formed by the last ice age when there was a huge ice sheet covering much of Europe.

The highest part of the Yorkshire Wolds can be found at Garrowby Hill on the A166 Driffield to York road where they reach a height of 807 feet, or 246 metres.

The landscape while appearing natural, is man made with carefully cultivated fields edged by neat hedgerows and managed woodland areas. The largest woodlands are to be found on the northern and western escarpments of the Yorkshire Wolds.

The Yorkshire Wolds offer an great opportunity for a walking or cycling holiday due to the fact that tourists have not really found the Wolds. The Yorkshire Dales and the Yorkshire Moors are far busier, which means that the Yorkshire Wolds have yet to be explored by many people.

The area where David Hockney created many of his works of art for the exhibition ‘A Bigger Picture’ at the Royal Academy are some of the most scenic parts of the Yorkshire Wolds and could easily take a full day to explore and look around taking in restaurants, pubs and cafes on the journey towards the coast along the Hockney Trail.

Pictures of Hockney Country, East Yorkshire

Getting there

First Hull Trains run between London and Hull, with prices from £10 one-way (standard). East Coast Trains run between London and York, with prices from £13 one-way (standard). East Yorkshire Motor Services run a rural bus service to many of the locations where Hockney has created his art.


The Pipe and Glass at South Dalton. Winners of the Michelin Pub of the year 2012.

Harden’s UK Restaurant Guide 2011:

“Wow… a country pub where the cooking is so beyond pub level you can’t believe it!”; James and Kate Mackenzie’s “lovely” converted inn is “well worth a special trip”, thanks to its “friendly, chatty staff” and “sublime” food that’s the result of “lots of skill and imagination”


Blacksmiths Cottage Bed & Breakfast
Driffield  Road, Kilham, YO25 4SN
01262 420822

Life Hill Farm
Life Hill Farm, Sledmere, Driffield, East Yorkshire, Y025 3EY
01377 236224

Field House Farm and High Barn Cottages
Jewison Lane, Sewerby, Bridlington, East Yorkshire, England, YO16 6YG
01262 674932

Kilham Hall Country House
Driffield Road, Kilham, Driffied, YO25 4SP
01262 420 466

The Wold Cottage
Wold Newton, Driffield, East Yorkshire, YO25 3HL
01262 470696

Ashfield Farm Bed & Breakfast
Mr & Mrs Kay West
Canal Head Pocklington East Yorkshire YO42 1NW
01759 305238

Beckside Cottage Bed & Breakfast
Anne Sumpner
8-10 Main Street, Bishop Wilton York East Yorkshire YO42 1RX
01759 368617/07905 992927

Feathers Hotel
Market Place Pocklington East Yorkshire YO42 2UN
01759 303155

Fimber Gate Bed & Breakfast
Sheelagh Lawrence
Beverley Road Fimber East Yorkshire YO25 3HG
01377 236042

Greenwick Farm Bed & Breakfast
Mrs Pearson
Greenwick Farm Huggate East Riding YO42 1YR
01377 288122

Jubilee House Bed & Breakfast
Mrs A. Greener | Main Street Goodmanham East Yorkshire YO43 3HX
01430 871502

Laburnum Cottage Bed & Breakfast
Mrs Maureen Dykes
Laburnum Cottage Millington East Yorkshire YO42 1TX
01759 303055

Life Hill Farm Bed & Breakfast
Mr and Mrs Andrew and Fay Grace
Sledmere Driffield E. Yorks YO25 3EY
01377 236224/07946 597155

Manor Farmhouse Bed & Breakfast
Mrs Susan & Richard Fulcher
Manor Farmhouse Foxholes North Yorks YO25 3QH
01262 470555

Manor House Farm Bed & Breakfast
Mrs S Frumin
The Green Huggate East Yorkshire YO42 1YA
01377 288368/07850 958267

Paws a While
Dogs are welcome by arrangement
Mr & Mrs Richard & Clare Roberts
Kilnwick Percy Pocklington East Yorks YO42 1UF
01759 301168

Pocklington Bed & Breakfast
Philippa Harrison
26 New Street Pocklington East Yorkshire YO42 2PZ
01759 307751

Ramblers Rest Bed and Breakfast
Main Street, Millington York North Yorkshire YO42 1TX
01759 303292

Robeanne House Bed and Breakfast
Mrs Jeanne Wilson
Towthorpe Lane Shiptonthorpe, Market Weighton East Yorkshire YO43 3PW
01430 873312

The Blue Bell Inn
Mr. Jarrod Fisher
Main Street Weaverthorpe North Yorkshire YO17 8EX
01944 738204

The Cross Keys Inn
Mr Steve Anstey
Thixendale Malton North Yorkshire YO17 9TG
01377 288272

The Old Mill Hotel
Mr Gary Nowel
Mill Lane Langtoft East Yorkshire YO25 3BQ
01377 267284

The Wolds Inn Inn
Mrs Jane Leaver
Driffield Road Huggate East Yorkshire YO42 1YH
01377 288217

The Wolds Retreat Bed & Breakfast
Kilnwick Percy Hall Pocklington E. Yorks YO42 1UF
0800 0283104/07821 169062

Towthorpe Grange Bed & Breakfast
Mrs Penelope Rowlands
Towthorpe Grange Londesborough East Yorkshire YO43 3LB
01430 873814


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