Walking the Route of the Hockney Trail


The route follows many of the locations where the artist David Hockney created many of his art works for the show ‘A Bigger Picture’ at the Royal Academy. Throughout the route, footpaths are used as much as possible with some sections on minor roads. The actual locations of the paintings can be found with grid references at www.yocc.co.uk. The walk finishes at Bridlington Harbour.


66 km / 41 miles


Usually very good due to the free draining chalky soil.

Hazards and warnings

Not too many hazards. Be aware of farm animals in some of the Yorkshire Wolds dry valleys.

Detailed description

The route which is around 41 miles in length begins at a location that David Hockney created the huge painting ‘Bigger Trees near Warter’, from here the route continues on to Warter, Millington, Huggate, Thixendale, Sledmere, Langtoft, Kilham and finally ends in Bridlington at the Harbour. Just before arriving in Bridlington, the route follows Woldgate from Kilham. Many of the paintings, including the series titled ‘The Arrival of Spring’ were created along this minor road. Taking in some of the best scenery that the Yorkshire Wolds has to offer, it follows some of the long distance routes across the Wolds which include the Wolds Way. For locations of where the paintings were created please visit www.yocc.co.uk for map references and postcodes.


Inspired by the popular vehicle route visiting the locations where David Hockney created paintings for the Royal Academy show ‘A Bigger Picture’ the route was fine for cyclists and cars, but anyone who wanted to really appreciate the Yorkshire Wolds up close needs to walk many of the footpaths that criss cross the the area. Walking the route, you will see some of the best scenery that the Wolds have to offer. While a lot shorter than the Wolds Way, this shows some of the best features of the Wolds including rolling hills, hidden dry valleys and pretty villages.

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