Driffield to Bridlington

Route Details

  • From – To: Driffield to Bridlington
  • Distance: 20 miles.  Shorter ride: Nafferton to Harpham is 6 miles.
  • Terrain: Mainly on road
  • Access: Driffield, Nafferton and Bridlington Rail Stations
  • National Cycle Network: National Route 1

Route Description

This charming ride takes you from the market town of Driffield along quiet country lanes through the Wolds, ending at the seaside resort of Bridlington.

On the way you will pass picturesque villages with cafes and pubs and the Elizabethan stately home of Burton Agnes Hall, and past landscape that inspired David Hockney's Woldgate. 

Once in Bridlington you can continue your ride southwards along Bridlington’s North promenade, around the harbour onto South Promenade or northwards to Bempton village and RSPB Bempton Cliffs, taking in cliff top Sewreby Hall & Gardens. 

If attempting the route from Bridlington to Driffield, taking a well earned pint in The Bell is highly recommended.

For the shorter route, start at Nafferton station and cycle to Harpham and back, a lovely flat and quiet ride perfect for inexperienced cyclists and families.

Route Extension: This route forms part of the Yorkshire Wolds Cycle which takes in the beautiful rolling hills and dramatic coast of the Yorkshire Wolds and some of the region’s most fascinating historical landmarks. 

The long distance route travels from Beverley to Market Weighton and Pocklington, as far north as Malton, across to Bridlington in the east and then back through Driffield, passing through lots of East Riding towns and villages – great for refreshment stops. Beverley and Malton, both with train stations, make good start points.

Route Sections

1. Driffield to Burton Agnes

Exit Driffield Station, turn left along River Head, then left into Wansford Road, following signs for Way of the Roses and you quickly join quiet country lanes out of Driffield. Continue through the pretty villages of Nafferton and Harpham, both with great places to stop.

Cycle on to Burton Agnes. Just out of the village, a gate on the right marked “private” is the cyclist’s entrance to Burton Agnes Hall. You can pause for a break here and enjoy the Hall, gardens and café.

2. Burton Agnes to Driffield 

Continue up to the Roman Road of Woldgate, painted by David Hockney. You can take a short detour to the village of Rudston on the right to see Britain’s tallest prehistoric standing stone!

Cycle on to Bridlington and follow the Way of the Roses signs to Bridlington promenade and harbour.

Hop on a train back at Bridlington station or, if you’re feeling energetic, carry on a few miles and enjoy Bempton Cliffs RSPB reserve.


Download a free map of the route here.

Things to See and Do


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This area map shows the National Cycle Network and local routes in this area.

See some of the wonderful landscape that inspired David Hockney with a gently rolling route through the east Yorkshire Wolds.

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