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Beverley launch for Wolds book

Councillor Caroline Fox, chairman of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, with co-authors of ‘The Yorkshire Wolds – a journey of discovery’, Fleur and Colin Speakman, at the book’s civic launch at The Treasure House, Beverley.

A new book highlighting the beauty of the Yorkshire Wolds has been launched at Beverley Treasure House.

‘The Yorkshire Wolds – a journey of discovery’ has been written by experienced travel writers Fleur and Colin Speakman. The Wolds are famous for inspiring the works of internationally-renowned artist David Hockney but are also considered to be a hidden gem with their amazing natural beauty, picturesque countryside, unspoiled market towns and a stunning coastline offering something for everyone.

The book was launched at an event hosted by the new chairman of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, Councillor Caroline Fox (see May 9th news story, East Riding Council has new chairman). With a foreword by Sir Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, the book is a practical guide on how to explore the area, by train, bus, bike, horseback or on foot and offers many suggestions on how to reach those special places that will make a visit to the Yorkshire Wolds such a memorable experience.

Councillor Fox said: “The council is pleased to be launching this exciting new book which helps paint such a vivid picture of one of the most unique parts of the UK. As well as promoting the tourism offer of the area to audiences locally, nationally and internationally, it also acts as a perfect travel companion for those who have decided to visit the Yorkshire Wolds.”

As well as providing an insight into the area’s rich heritage, it also provides information about towns such as Beverley and Pocklington and also takes an in-depth look at Hull as the UK City of Culture for 2017.

Colin Speakman, co-author of the book and director of publisher Gritstone Writers’ Co-operative, said: “The landscape of rolling chalk hills, dry grassy valleys, scattered woodland, dramatic coastline and ancient tracks that so inspired David Hockney, has been described as a little bit of southern England in the North as its character has much in common with the Wiltshire or South Downs.  But this landscape and its communities are very much a special and distinctive part of Yorkshire.”

The book costs £15  and is available from The Treasure House, Beverley  Tourist Information Centre, The Monks Walk Inn, Beverley,  and several local bookshops,  or online at