GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Wilberforce Way

60 miles (97 km)

Follow the Wilberforce Way from Hull to York on this walk created in memory of Hull's most famous son, William Wilberforce the Slave abolitionist.
You start at the Deep Aquarium, on the River Humber in Hull and head north along the River Hull to Beverley, with its magnificent Minster.
You then head west along a dismantled railway to Market Weighton and Londesborough Park where there's lovely grounds and a lake to see. You then continue onto Pocklington, where Wilberforce went to school. A waterside section along the Pocklington canal then takes you to Elvington before the final section from Wheldrake to York. This section passes Wheldrake Woods and the University of York before joining the River Ouse and finishing at York Minster.
The walk is waymarked with a black and white disc.

Wilberforce Way OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Wilberforce Way Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


The Melbourne Arms is in a good spot roughly half way along the Pocklington canal. It's a nice place to stop for refreshments with cosyopen fires indoors and a garden area to relax in on finer days. You can access the pub just to the south of the historic Grade II listed Church Bridge in the village of Melbourne. Postcode is YO42 4QJ.
In the village of Wheldrake, near York, there's the Wenlock Arms to consider. The pub has an interesting history having been originally owned by Lord Wenlock when it provided a retreat for his tenants and workers within the area.They do very good food and also have a sunny beer garden if the weather is good. You can find them on Main Street at a postcode of YO19 6AA.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

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.
The Victorian garden, Burnby Hall, Pocklington - - 1364008 Dragon fly pond, Burnby Hall Gardens - - 1363933
Burnby Hall - Victorian Gardens and Dragonfly Pond


Wilberforce Monument, Hull - - 518980

Wilberforce Monument, Hull

The Wilberforce Way - - 828732

The Wilberforce Way, west-north-west ofThearne,East Riding of Yorkshire, England. The trail runs alongside the Beverley and Barmston Drain at this point, the view here is south.

Wilberforce Way, Figham Pasture (geograph 5098867)

Figham Pasture,Beverley

Wilberforce House Museum - - 239148

Wilberforce House Museum. Birthplace of William Wilberforce. This building on Hull High Street probably dates from the 1660s. The adjoining houses on the left are Georgian c1760.

Footbridge on the Wolds Way, Nunburnholme - - 120110

Footbridge on the Wolds Way, Nunburnholme

Wilberforce Way, Thearne - - 630075

Signpost at Thearne. The footpath here runs due north alongside the Beverley and Barmston Drain. The 35-mile walk was launched in May 2007 to commemorate the bi-centenary of the abolition of the Slave Trade Act. It links Hull, the birthplace of William Wilberforce, and Pocklington where he was educated.

Former York to Beverley Railway - - 1519286

FormerYorktoBeverleyRailway, south ofLeconfield

A entrance to Londesborough Park on Intake Hill (geograph 2137836)

A entrance to Londesborough Park on Intake Hill


GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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