Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Friday Afternoon - Bishop Wilton

Bishop Wilton is a small village at the foot of the Yorkshire Wolds, very close to Garrowby Hill on the A166 from York to Bridlington. The forecast was not brilliant, but if we didn't have too far to travel we had a chance of completing a walk before the forecast rain reached East Yorkshire. I found an attactive looking walk on the East Riding Council's website. A gentle climb out of Bishop Wilton on to the escarpment walking north to Kirby Underdale then back along the fields under the Wolds. We started in sunshine and as we climbed the wold there were lots of butterflies which were mainly too quick for me.

Views down into the Vale of York from the escarpment above Bishop Wilton

 There were more wild flowers than I expected including this large patch of Harebells
Small Totoiseshell on Wild Carrot
Ringlet on Ragwort with a soldier beetle
 Small Skipper on Meadow Thistle
 Green-veined White
But there were good numbers of the Marbled White, something of a speciality on the Yorkshire Wolds. It is said to be found on south facing slopes of flowery meadows, which describes this site well. There were loads of Meadow Brown butterflies as well.
We continued on to Kirby Underdale a pretty brick built village which is apparently listed in Domeday and still has a village pump although I doubt it works.

The path back along the bottom of the hill was not very pleasant being between a new wire fence and an ovegrown hedge, this being late July there was also a very unhealthy growth of nettles to cope with. We opted to finish walking on the road in what was now a gloomy evening.

Yellow-hammer on the hedge.


  1. Looks a lovely walk and nice photos of the butterflies, would love to have seen the Marbled White, need to remember this for next year and have a trip out of West Yorkshire...
    Amanda xx