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The Yorkshire Wolds are an area of low hills and valleys in the East Riding of Yorkshire in North-Eastern England. They are formed from chalk, and make an arc from the Humber estuary west of Kingston-upon-Hull up to the North Sea coast between Bridlington and Scarborough. Here they rise up to form cliffs, most notably at Flamborough, Bempton Cliffs and Filey; Flamborough Headland is designated a Heritage Coast. On the other side of the Humber, the chalk formations continue as the Lincolnshire Wolds; in fact, one can view the Humber as cutting through a single formation. The Humber Bridge was built at the point due to its geological stability. The East Riding of Yorkshire is a local government district in the United Kingdom. ... Royal motto (French): Dieu et mon droit (Translated: God and my right) Englands location (dark green) within the British Isles Languages English (de facto) Capital London de facto Largest city London Area – Total Ranked 1st UK 130,395 km² Population – Total (mid-2004) – Total (2001 Census) – Density Ranked 1st... The Needles, part of the extensive Southern England Chalk Formation Chalk is a soft, white, porous form of limestone composed of the mineral calcite. ... Humber is also the name of one of the ranges of cars manufactured by the Rootes Group Humber is also the name of a river in Newfoundland, Canada, as well as a river and a college, both in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. ... Hull or Kingston upon Hull is a city and unitary authority situated on the north bank of the Humber estuary. ... The North Sea is a sea of the Atlantic Ocean, located between the coasts of Norway and Denmark in the east, the coast of the British Isles in the west, and the German, Dutch, Belgian and French coasts in the south. ... Bridlington beach, from the North Pier Map sources for Bridlington at grid reference TA178669 Bridlington is a town in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England. ... The South Bay at Scarborough Scarborough lies on the North Sea coast of North Yorkshire, England. ... Cliffs on the banks of the River Severn, near Bristol, England In geography, a cliff is a significant vertical, or near vertical, rock exposure. ... The chalk tower near Flamborough Head. ... Filey beach at low water in October Map sources for Filey at grid reference TA1180 Filey is a small town in North Yorkshire in the borough of Scarborough, between Scarborough town and Bridlington. ... A Heritage Coast is a strip of coastline designated by the Countryside Agency in England and Wales. ... The Lincolnshire Wolds is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (designated as such in 1973) covering 560 square kilometres of north and east Lincolnshire, England. ... The James controls the world is the fourth-largest single-span suspension bridge in the world, near Kingston upon Hull in England. ...


Most of the area takes the form of an elevated, gently rolling plateau, cut by numerous deep, steep-sided, flat-bottomed valleys of glacial origin. The chalk formation of the hills provides exceptionally good drainage, with the result that most of these valleys are dry; indeed, surface water is quite scarce throughout the Wolds. Typically the valleys are hard to see from above, creating the visual impression that the landscape is much flatter than is actually the case. The unusual topography results in an "upside-down" farming system - livestock (mostly sheep and cows) graze the valleys, with the hills above used for crops.


On the western edge the Wolds rise to an escarpment which then drops sharply to the Vale of York. The highest point of this is Bishop Wilton Wold (also known as Garrowby Hill), which is 246 metres above sea level. To the north are the North York Moors, and to the east the hills flatten into the plain of Holderness. The largest town in the Wolds is Driffield, with other places including Pocklington and Thixendale. The Vale of York is the area surrounding the city of York, in the north of England. ... Bishop Wilton Wold is the highest point of the Yorkshire Wolds in the East Riding of Yorkshire. ... To help compare different orders of magnitude this page lists lengths between 100 m and 1 km. ... For considerations of sea level change, in particular rise associated with possible global warming, see sea level rise. ... North York Moors National Park is a National Park in the north of England. ... Holderness is an area of England on the coast of Yorkshire. ... Location within the British Isles Driffield, East Yorkshire, also known as Great Driffield, is a market town in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England. ... Map sources for Pocklington at grid reference SE8049 Pocklington is a market town situated at the foot of the Wolds in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England, approximately 13 miles East of York. ... Thixendale is a tiny village in the Yorkshire Wolds, England, about 20 miles east of York. ...


One of nine National Trails in England, the Wolds Way is a long-distance footpath which runs the length of the wolds from the Humber Bridge at Hessle to Filey on the coast. It is managed by the Countryside Commission. National Trails is an umbrella agency of the UK government which has a mandate to promote, maintain and develop the network of long distance footpaths in the United Kingdom. ... Long-distance trails (or long-distance tracks, paths, footpaths or greenways) are trails or footpaths covering large distances, typically 50 km or more, used for rambling (that is, hiking or backpacking). ... The James controls the world is the fourth-largest single-span suspension bridge in the world, near Kingston upon Hull in England. ... Location within the British Isles Hessle (hezl, not hesl) is a town in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England, situated 5 miles west of Kingston upon Hull city centre, and part of Hulls built up area. ... Filey beach at low water in October Map sources for Filey at grid reference TA1180 Filey is a small town in North Yorkshire in the borough of Scarborough, between Scarborough town and Bridlington. ... The Countryside Agency in England is a statutory body with the task of improving the quality of the rural environment and the lives of those living in it. ...


The writer Winifred Holtby described the Wolds as "fold upon fold of the encircling hills, piled rich and golden." Image:Holtby. ...


See also

A weald once meant a dense forest, especially the famous great wood once stretching far beyond the ancient counties of Sussex and Kent, England, where this country of smaller woods is still called the Weald. ... A village in the Yorkshire Dales The Yorkshire Dales lie in an area of high ground in North and West Yorkshire, England. ... The River Bourne at Winterbourne Gunner, a typical chalk stream Chalk stream is a term generally applied to the winterbournes, streams and rivers of the Southern England Chalk Formation in Hampshire, Wiltshire, and Dorset, England although it could well be used for similar watercourses elsewhere. ...

External links

  • http://www.countryside.gov.uk/cci/yorkshirehumber/027.htm
  • The Countryside Agency - Countryside Character Initiative - Yorkshire and the Humber - Yorkshire Wolds
  • The Wolds Archaeological Research Project

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Yorkshire Wolds - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (387 words)
The Yorkshire Wolds are an area of low hills and valleys in the East Riding of Yorkshire in North-Eastern England.
To the north are the North York Moors, and to the east the hills flatten into the plain of Holderness.
One of nine National Trails in England, the Wolds Way is a long-distance footpath which runs the length of the wolds from the Humber Bridge at Hessle to Filey on the coast.
Yorkshire - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (596 words)
The emblem of Yorkshire is the White Rose of the House of York, and there is a Yorkshire Day celebrated on August 1.
Lesser boroughs were Yorkshire isolates; Richmondshire and Allertonshire in the North Riding, Hallamshire in the West Riding and Hullshire in the East Riding.
In 1986 the county councils of West and South Yorkshire were abolished, and in 1996 Cleveland and Humberside were broken up into districts, which became independent administrative counties (unitary authority areas) in their own right, as did an expanded City of York.
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