This route follows public paths over land belonging to the Macdonald family.
The family's members have been instrumental in keeping open the ancient footpaths and bridleways in the area.
Your walk starts on South Side Lane. Follow the track around Zigzag plantation into the locally-named "Hilly Grass". On your left you will see Thorpe Hall, home of the Bosville Macdonald family for the past 200 years.
After passing through a gap in the trees you will see Wold Gate.
This road was once a prehistoric trade route, used later by the Romans to get from York to the coast.
Turn right at the road and follow it for ½ mile. Watch out for traffic - today's chariots are faster than those of the Romans! The next bridleway sign points to a wood.
Follow this back to South Side Lane where you began.
Rudston lies in the valley of the Gypsey Race and is well-known for two reasons:-
At 25½ feet high (with a lot more beneath the ground), the Rudston Monolith is said to be the tallest standing stone in Britain. The Monolith was erected by Neolithic or Bronze Age people probably for religious purposes. How they brought it to Rudston remains a mystery, as the nearest stone of the same type is at least 10 miles to the north.
Winifred Holtby, the author of the novel "South Riding", is buried in the churchyard alongside the graves of the Macdonalds of the Isles. "South Riding" tells the story of life in an agricultural community in the 1930s. It is set in Holderness and information about the novel, and the area, is widely available.
The map below shows the route for this walk however you can view or download the map as an A4 pdf file from the link below
Map and information courtesy of East Riding of Yorkshire County Council
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