North Grimston is the base for a walk over Thorpe Bassett Wold near Settrington. The wold stands proud in this part of the country with constantly changing views, excellent from the high points.
South east of Malton is a Thorpe Bassett Wold. The wold is usually accessed from the village of its name but I chose to include the twin villages of North Grimston and Settrington. All are lovely, each has an ancient history and a mention in the Domesday Book.
I headed off from North Grimston armed with a map and some time to explore the area. My purpose was to walk on Thorpe Bassett Wold.This is exactly the type of exploration walk which I enjoy. I spent an enjoyable three hours in the chalklands of Thorpe Bassett Wold. In particular the wonderful views north towards the North York Moors shimmering in the distance were memorable. Nearer the large town of Malton completed the scene.
Settrington I almost missed but it is definitely worth visiting for its immaculate line, pleasant church and interesting history. Settrington House was the home of the splendidly named Francis Bygod and an unsuccessful northern uprising against Henry VIII. The walk is always interesting as, with all walks in the area, it is an ever changing mix of high chalk escarpments, dense woodland and attractive little villages.
Have a look for signs of the dismantled railway that lies between North Dalton and Settrington, closed in 1950 but a sign of a thriving past.
The high chalk wolds of the area offer lanes and footpaths. Some of the footpaths are not easy to follow because they do not exist on the ground. This is the result of the unpopulated walking terrain that typifies much of the Yorkshire Wolds.
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