The market town of Pocklington lies at the foot of the Yorkshire Wolds, in the East Riding of North Yorkshire. Wander into the town centre from your holiday cottage in Pocklington and you will discover rows of red pantile-roofed buildings and a tangle of cobbled alleyways. In the heart of the town, there is a marketplace where stalls selling local cheeses, freshly baked bread and handicrafts are set up every Tuesday. Looming over the town centre, All Saints Church, or ‘the cathedral of the Wolds’, is a remarkable building with unique pillar capitals and a carved Flemish triptych that dates back to the 16th century.
Nestled amidst the Yorkshire Wolds countryside in the village of Yapham, East Yorkshire, Mill Farm House is a large pet-friendly red brick farmhouse renovated to a good standard and traditional furnishings, boasting five bedrooms, including ground floor master with sitting room and en-suite shower.
Self-catering holidays in Pocklington would be incomplete without a stroll along the banks of the old canal which runs from the town into the surrounding countryside, twisting across seasonally flooded meadows known as ‘ings’. Once used to haul cargos of manure and coal into Pocklington, the canal is now a haven for dragonflies, otters and water voles. The eight-mile Pilgrimage of Grace climbs from the town into the Yorkshire Wolds, with views all the way to the Humber on a clear day.
A stroll from holiday cottages in Pocklington, Burnby Hall Gardens are famous for their display of 100 waterlilies – at their best in summer. Don’t miss the small museum on the grounds, housing an exhibition of memorabilia collected by a former owner of the house, Major Percy Stewart, on his adventures around the world in the early 20th century. A former Second World War airfield in Pocklington is now the home of the Wolds Gliding Club, where visitors can book a private flight for an exhilarating look at the town from above. There is plenty to do in Pocklington in the evening, with charming, old pubs and Pocklington Arts Centre, which hosts a busy programme of cinema and live shows.