We quite often go to Millington Wood. It’s one of our favourite places to walk as not only is it a beautiful spot, but it is also within easy reach of a good Sunday lunch. I have to be honest my motivation for walking is often driven by some form of reward at the end of it, preferably something that involves nice food and a nice drink.
Millington Wood is in East Yorkshire, 4 miles east of Pocklington. It is Council run and according to the blurb, it is a 52 acre ancient ash wood set within a Yorkshire Wolds valley. Botanically, Millington Wood is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and is one of the richest woodlands in the East Riding. It was designated a Local Nature Reserve in 1991. They have a wood kiln in the middle of the wood, where they make the timber they have cut into charcoal which is quite interesting and there are bird and bat boxes on a lot of the trees.
It is good in all seasons as the path along the bottom has been made into a chalk path which means it doesn’t get too muddy - I am not a fan of muddy walks, I don’t mind a bit of mud, but I don’t care for the mud caked up the legs and on the trousers type of walk or in The Child’s Case, mud caked all over type of walk, as this can thwart my lunch eating plan as it then requires changing clothes in a freezing car park. You can also walk up the steps around the top of the wood on a circular walk and this is particularly pleasant in the spring when the flowers are coming out. In the winter there is lots of opportunity to build dens, investigate the mossy logs and generally furtle about.
Now onto the lunch – our favourite place for Sunday lunch is the Wold’s Inn in Huggate. A few miles away from Millington Wood, it is nice and cosy inside with a log burner. The food always arrives quickly and is delicious – we normally have the roast beef which comes with Yorkshire puddings, roast potatoes, mashed potatoes and a selection of vegetables. The Child loves it which always makes me happy that he has had a good hearty lunch. The Dog loves it as she gets the left overs. The Child also particularly likes the chocolate sponge and chocolate custard for pudding. So much so that I have been inspired to look up how to make chocolate sponge pudding (my cookery lessons at school are a very distant memory). It actually looks quite easy! Who knew…I might even give home made chocolate custard a whirl, let’s hope it doesn’t end up looking like lumpy sick a la the last time I tried to make custard (which was actually at school I think) but I do have the memory of using the sieve to get the lumps out, oh yes and then burning it. Actually I might just buy it…
Millington Wood gets a big tick from me, and a big tick from The Child ✔️✔️
Millington Wood: www2.eastriding.gov.uk/leisure/countryside-and-walks/places-to-visit/local-nature-reserves/find-your-nearest-local-nature-reserves/?entryid87=101276
The Wolds Inn: www.woldsinn.co.uk/