Ramblers gathered this week to celebrate the 25th anniversary of one of England’s lesser-known national trails.
The Yorkshire Wolds Way runs for 79 miles (127km) from the north shore of the Humber at Hessle to Filey Brigg on the North Yorkshire Coast. It was opened in 1982, having first been mooted in the 1960s.
Members of the Ramblers’ Association (RA), including chairman Kate Ashbrook, gathered at Fridaythrope, the site of the official opening ceremony, where a cake was cut to mark the silver anniversary.
Ms Ashbrook said: “It's great to be celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Wolds Way, but make no mistake: getting the Wolds Way on the map was no pushover. We faced huge difficulties, not least opposition from landowners.”
Among the people celebrating were Helen Eastwood who, as an eight-year old, cut the tape at the RA’s alternative opening ceremony in 1982 and former rights-of-way officers Allan Neasham and Ian Ingles, who got the route walkable. The two men helped cut the Wolds Way cake.
Ramblers also walked part of the route before sharing a bottle of bubbly on access land at Nettle Dale.