The East Yorkshire walk with stunning views and gingerbread men

In the centre of Holderness is the unassuming village of Burton Pidsea dotted with picturesque cottages which just seem to merge from the surrounding farm land.

This is a gentle walk along the endlessly flat plains of Holderness with fields of crops punctuated by imposing wind turbines.

Weaving through the village lanes, you can admire the pretty homes as you walk along before heading on to bridleways which take you deep into the surrounding countryside.

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This walk would be particularly nice in summer but I found myself embarking on the three-mile stroll on a rather dank and murky day.

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Starting from near the Nancy Inn, named after a famous East Yorkshire racehorse from the mid-1800s, you head down St Peter’s Walk.

You will pass the imposing St Peter and St Paul’s Church which provides a good photo opportunity.

You will suddenly find yourself entering a residential cul de sac but do not fear, you haven’t taken a wrong turn.

A walk round the Holderness village of Burton Pidsea
A walk round the Holderness village of Burton Pidsea

Just as you walk through the entrance there is a lovely little walkway immediately to your right which takes you past the domineering Chatts House.

This takes you on to Carr Road and, at this time of year, you can catch a glimpse of the wonderful gingerbread men Christmas decorations leading up the driveway of Chatts house.

Carry on down and you will pass the large Manor Farm which is a reminder that Burton Pidsea, for all its tranquil feel, is still very much a thriving farming area.

A walk round the Holderness village of Burton Pidsea
A walk round the Holderness village of Burton Pidsea

The beauty of this lane is that there are no hedgerows on the right closing you in. It means you can admire the wide vistas and horizon across the fields, well, you can when it is not so misty.

At one point a line of trees suddenly appear and round a corner some delightful cottages.

Another strange feature is that the roadside is well-kept, almost manicured, before merging into the rustic fields which struck me as a quirky feature.

Eventually, the road becomes a dirt track and just past Elmtree Farm , as the track turns left you will see a bridleway on your right.

A walk round the Holderness village of Burton Pidsea
A walk round the Holderness village of Burton Pidsea

Take the bridleway and you will head through the path through the fields.

Be warned, at this time of year when it is cold and wet, it can get very muddy and boggy in place.

The walk is short enough that you can wear wellies, which is what I did, although walking boots would be okay. But leave the trainers behind.

I was struck by just how many birds there were. It seemed they were out in force desperately trying to fatten up before their long migrations south.

A walk round the Holderness village of Burton Pidsea
A walk round the Holderness village of Burton Pidsea

After around a kilometre you will come to a path on your right heading north.

This will take you back up to where you started and you will see Manor farm again a bit further away.

It is particularly boggy in parts on this section of the walk so be warned. This is why it would perhaps be better in the dry months of summer.

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It will bring you back onto Carr Road close to where you started and you can easily retrace your steps.

Getting there: From Hull, get on to Hedon Road and continue right to the end and then at Hedon go up St Augustine’s Gate and turn right at Magdelan Lane and onto the B1362. Turn off at Daisy Hill Road and then Fieldend Lane which takes you to Burton Pidsea. There are alternative routes through Preston and Bilton.

Parking: there is on street parking but please park responsibly. There is also a car park at the Nancy Inn if you plan on popping in for a drink or bite to eat once it is allowed to reopen.

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