We parked at the car park at Millington Wood (worth exploring in it's own right - Millington Wood) and then headed north east down the road in to Millington Dale and after a short distance turned off the road, headed south east, crossed a small stream and in to Sylvan Dale. After only 100 metres or so we again turned north east and climbed the steep bank of the dale up to Wold Top.
|View from Chalkland Way|
The path we'd joined forms part of the Chalkland Way a 40 mile circular walk around this part of the Yorkshire Wolds starting and finishing in Pocklington. The path we followed went down then up the side of Nettle Dale before swinging round Jessop's Plantation which appeared to once have been the site of a settlement of some kind.
|View from Huggate Sheepwalk|
We then skirted the top of Pasture Dale on a path marked on the OS map as Huggate Sheepwalk.
|Red berry hedge|
At the end of the Sheepwalk we left behind the series of dales connected to Millington Dale for a while. Taking a footpath north we crossed the top of Huggate Pasture and then across York Lane. After a short walk down a tarmac road we turned sharp left and walked along a hedge laden with red berries. Our path then cut across the head of Horse Dale. When we reached the entrance road to Wold House Farm we turned south east down the road and came up to the back of a covered reservoir.
|Avenue of Trees|
After a short walk north east along the road we turned south west and headed down in to a wooded dale through an avenue of trees labelled as Great Plantation. The path then turned left and we headed south through a still wooded Tun Dale.
|Brooding sky in Frendal Dale|
As we came out of the wooded dale the landscape opened out and we found ourselves in Frendal Dale with a brooding sky overhead. We followed the dale until we joined the road that traverses Millington Dale. The wind was being funnelled by the Dale and was blowing directly in to our faces making progress back to the car hard work.
|Headwaters of Millington Beck|
We observed as we walked along the road that the springs were still gushing out water even though rainfall has recently been low and some winterbourne streams in the local area are dry.
We got back to the car after a good walk that had certainly helped us walk off our Christmas excess. The wind had definitely blown any cobwebs away.