Red kites floating high above, hares racing through farmland, barn owls silently flying over grassland – the rolling hills of the Yorkshire Wolds offers visitors brilliant views and spectacular wildlife to match.

About the Yorkshire Wolds

The rolling hills and dales of the Yorkshire Wolds are perfect for walkers and cyclists. Red kites have colonised the area and are the main attraction for wildlife watchers, alongside the chalk grasslands, resplendant with butterflies and wild flowers. You won't find any large nature reserves with visitor centres here, but the smaller nature reserves are certainly worth looking out for.

Best places to go

Staying in the Yorkshire Wolds? Try these nearby wildlife hotspots

  • YWT North Cave Wetlands, towards the south of the Yorkshire Wolds, is just a 20 minute drive from Pocklington. Visit for avocets, mega flocks of ducks and dragonflies and damselflies.
  • Tophill Low, east of the Yorkshire Wolds, is a 40 minute drive from Pocklington. Visit for otters, barn owls, gull roosts and winter ducks.
  • RSPB Bempton Cliffs is a 20 minute drive from Filey at the northern end of the Yorkshire Wolds. Visit for puffins and gannets.
  • Or take a look at the interactive map below - use the white 'list' icon in the left hand corner of the map to select what you are interested in. To full this map full screen click here.


Travelling times (by car)

From Hull: 1 hour to Thixendale

From York: 45 minutes to Thixendale

From Beverley: 45 minutes to Thixendale

From Bridlington: 45 minutes to Thixendale


Red kite © Chris Grady

Visit the Robert Fuller Gallery

Barn owl © Matt Roberts