Snuggled in a remote valley in the middle of the Yorkshire Wolds, is the beautiful abandoned medieval village of Wharram Percy.
WHAT IS IT?
Wharram Percy is one of the largest and best-preserved of Britain’s 3,000 or so known deserted medieval villages. The village was continuously occupied for six centuries before it was abandoned soon after 1500.
Now, however, Wharram Percy is one of the most picturesque places you could pick to have a picnic!
WHERE IS IT?
If you’re arriving by car the address and postcode is:
Centenary Way, Wharram-le-Street, Malton, North Yorkshire, YO17 9TD
If you’re using public transport for your visit:
- Bus: 190
There is a car park at the top and some country lane parking available before you start the descent to Wharram Percy.
Dogs: Dogs on leads are welcomed and there is a poo bin in the car park at the top of the path down to Wharram Percy.
Prams: Due to the uneveness of the path, steps and numerous “kissing gates” to get down to Wharram Percy, I would advise you take a baby in sling or carrier instead if you can.
Also note that this route requires you to walk through a cattle field.
Once you’ve made it to this sign from the car park (about three quarters of a mile down hill) then you’ll see the gate into Wharram Percy itself.
Here there is a short treelined walk to the village buildings which remain. It’s perfect for listening out for birdsong and crickets!
Ahead you’ll spot the Farmhouse and yard. You can enter the grounds for a wander around the outside.
English Heritage have kindly provided information points for each feature that make great talking points for children.
From here you can explore the ruins of the village and roam at your own pace.
WHAT IS THERE TO DO?
As well as the farmhouse, there is a ruined medieval church to explore.
Make sure you take your camera to make use of the stunning church window frames for your children to pose in!
The church doesn’t have a roof and loose walling so make sure you keep your eye out for any falling debris especially after bad weather.
The boys loved pretending to be ghosts running around the church and peeking through windows and trying to scare each other!
And a trip to Wharram Percy HAS to include a little paddle too!
This fishpond has a paddle perfect edge but then does have a bit of a drop to a deeper depth, so be on guard with little ones.
Take a walk around the fish pond across the wooden bridge for a lovely view back onto the church and spend time playing pooh sticks.
Taking rubbings in the churchyard, play ball around the fishpond or take advantage of the valley’s breeze and bring a kite to enjoy in the wind. There’s loads of things you could do depending on how long you have to spend at Wharram Percy.
I found Wharram Percy to be really relaxing and spacious so perfect for during lockdown, even though there were other families there too.
WHAT ABOUT TOILETS?
There’s a toilet at the picnic area on the junction of the B1248 and B1251.
Alternatively, there are two public toilets in Norton-on-Derwent. One is in the Market Place and the other in Wentworth Street.
However, there are plenty of bushes to bob behind in Wharram Percy itself!
WHERE CAN I EAT?
I recommend picking a tree to sit beneath and enjoy a picnic. Remember to take all your litter home though as there aren’t any bins in the village itself.
Then after your visit, pop to the fish and chip shop in WetWang for a tasty supper and sit on the bench by the fishpond there to enjoy.
Deep Blue, Main Street, Wetwang, Driffield YO25 9XJ