The History of the Yorkshire Wolds

The Yorkshire Wolds may initially appear to only be a very small half-moon shape of chalky countryside, but there is in fact so much more here than meets the eye.

This piece of glorious land stretched from the lovely Filey in the North offering miles and miles of white beaches to the pretty Humber Bridge in the south. Today the Yorkshire Wolds offers visitors the chance to explore a 79 mile stretch of National Trail which runs from East Riding of Yorkshire all the way through to Ryedale. The vast expanse of space entices travellers from all over the country to make the most of the wide open spaces- perfect for those seeking to escape the busy hubbub of everyday life.

If you are looking for an active day out during your holiday at Crows Nest, the Yorkshire Wolds is ideal. This part of the UK offers the wide open lands that so many people crave when they get their EHIC card and travel to parts of France and Germany. The great food, range of fun activities, impressive views and the chance to really get away from it all makes the Yorkshire Wolds an ideal place to share with your family and friends.

The landscape that you experience here in the present day is largely formed by past activities of man and has also been greatly influenced by geology over the past ten thousand years. While today The Wolds form a distinctively agricultural region, with isolated farms, shelter belts and farmland occupying the area, this was not always the case here.

If you study the background of the Yorkshire Wolds you will find that there is a great deal of evidence of Neolithic, Bronze Age, Iron Age and Romano-British areas distributed across the Wolds clearly. The landscape of the Yorkshire Wolds has, as a result, been left changes by our ancestors and their settlements. Medieval ground then went on to be removed after parliamentary action in the 18th and 19th centuries.

The reasoning behind why there is so much open space and limited build-up of urban areas in the Yorkshire Wolds is due to the fact that there was limited development in the region. Towns such as Market Weighton, Pocklington, Driffield and Bridlington remained as quaint market and service areas. To this day they remain mainly separated to other more built up areas, retaining their historic period origins. This is what makes the Yorkshire Wolds such a fantastic place to visit if you are fascinated with British history and want to know more about the origins of agriculture in the region.

If you pay a visit today you can instantly see the remains of the Yorkshire Wolds’ past come alive. From the areas grand and historic houses and garden to its stunning areas of natural beauty, there is plenty to keep everyone satisfied and entertained. While the Great British weather may be unpredictable, you are certain to have a great time here at the stunning Yorkshire Wolds.

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