Visit these delightful woods in the Yorkshire Wolds on this short walk near Pocklington. The site consists of the best ancient ash woods in the Yorkshire Wolds. You can also enjoy carpets of bluebells, giant bellflowers and the scent of wild garlic. There's a nice surfaced walking trail running from the car park to a view point where you can admire a fine panoramic view across the treetops.
The Minster Way and the Yorkshire Wolds Way both run past the woods so you could pick up these long distance footpaths to extend your walk. You could then explore the lovely Sylvan Dale and Millington Dale which are right next to the woods. You could actually reach the woods by following the Wolds Way from Pocklington. National Cycle Network Route 164 also runs to the woods from Pocklington so it's easy to cycle there too. There's also a car park just off Wood Gate Road at the southern end of the site.
PostcodeYO42 1TZ - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Millington Woods Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Millington Woods Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Millington Woods OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Millington Woods Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Head into the little village of Millington and visit the charming Gait Inn for some refreshments after your walk. The pub has a delightful large garden area to relax in on warmer days. There's a good selection of drinks, a fine menu and a friendly atmosphere too. The pub also has an interesting history, dating from the 16th century. They provide accommodation in the shape of two pretty cottages so you can stay over if you need to. You can find the pub in the pretty little village with a postcode of YO42 1TY for your sat navs.
The woods are a lovely place for a dog walk and the Gait Inn mentioned above is also dog friendly.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
One nice idea is to follow the Wolds Way south from the woods and visit Londesborough Park. You can follow the waymarked trail all the way to the park where you'll find pretty streams, pockets of woodland and two small lakes.
Allerthorpe Woods are also located close to the site, and have some nice walking trails to try.
In Pocklington we recommend a visit to the very pretty Burnby Hall Gardens. It's a lovely place for an afternoon stroll with landscaped gardens and two lakes. The park is notable for over 100 types of water lilies displayed in the lakes where you can also feed the fish. There's also an ornamental bridge, a Victorian Garden, an Aviary Garden, a newly restored Edwardian Rock Garden, a Stumpery, and a Birch Walk, the latter being the most recent horticultural addition. You can find out about the history of the area in the Stewart Museum. It houses a fascinating collection of artefacts collected by Major Stewart on eight world tours that were undertaken between 1906 and 1926, several of which have been deemed by UNESCO as being of national and international importance. Afterwards visit the cafe where you can enjoy refreshments with a view. You can find the park in the town centre with a postcode of YO42 2QF for your sat navs.
Burnby Hall - Victorian Gardens and Dragonfly Pond
To Bishop Wilton Walk starts from the neighbouring village and visits the woods by following the Minster Way. The pretty village includes a Grade I listed medieval church and the highest point in the Wolds at the nearby Garrowby Hill.