Swans Nest Cottage

Near Malton  North Yorkshire

Yorkshire Wolds

Once considered the Cinderella of Yorkshire's tourist spots, the Wolds are now catching up on their more glamorous sister regions - the Dales and the North Yorkshire Moors. The Wolds stretch across a vast, elevated plateau, running from the seaside resort of Filey in the east and dropping into the Vale of York to the west.


The extremes of the region offer some of the best views. On the east coast, Flamborough Head juts out dramatically into the North Sea, with waves crashing against wild rock formations. On the western edge of the Wolds, Garrowby Hill, which inspired David Hockney's colourful painting of the same name, has the highest viewpoint of the entire area.


On a clear day, you can enjoy spectacular panoramic views from Knapton Wold, extending eastwards to the coast, north to the Moors and as far as the Dales to the west.


The ruined village of Wharram Percy, uninhabited since the 1500s, is an atmospheric spot, which has also been the subject of detailed archaeological research by English Heritage.




Lost Village of Wharram Percy