Here's a new – and unusual – travel guide to that part of East Yorkshire known as the Yorkshire Wolds, a guide that pulls together the secrets of the Wold Newton Triangle – where fact is even weirder than fiction.
A travel guide to Yorkshire’s Weird Wolds: The Mysterious Wold Newton Triangle by Charles Christian is available on Amazon Kindle as an ebook.
Meet, amongst other oddities, werewolves, zombies, vampires, green skinned fairy folk, headless ghosts, screaming skulls, ancient warlords, miracle-working priests, very eccentric gentry, England’s oldest buildings, disappearing rivers, a good Queen and an avaricious Queen, a black skeleton, a Parkin-eating dragon, sea serpents, shape shifters, enchanted wells, giant monoliths and a grid of ley lines, as well as a surprising amounts of Quite Interesting Facts.
There is even Lawrence of Arabia in there and, for enthusiasts of American naval history, Captain John Paul Jones. And for sci-fi & fantasy fans, you'll also find the inspiration for some of Philip José Farmer's books.
Not quite what I expected but a good read to check out places of interest. Anyone exploring the Yorkshire Wolds (stimulated by this book) will experience a new and enigmatic atmosphere as well as secret special scenery and remote villages of character. Grandad, in his Austin 7 - EBT 93 - took us away at weekends in this chalkland and white coastal cliffs and so I took it all for granted. Especially the Gipsy Race stream, Flamborough, and Danes Dyke. Returning after nearly 40 years this book helped me realise how amazing my home county of Yorkshire is - especially the Wolds. Keep it secret. ...Amazon 4 Star review by J.R. Gibson, 18th September 2020
Excellent book filled with stories of interest
I have never set foot in the Wold Newton area, live on the other side of the country and know no one from there. Despite this I read the entire book with enthusiasm, often referring to Wikipedia to learn more.
Mr Christian is a first rate author, and the locality has a great deal of interest. It is far more local history and folklore than ghosts and unlike the Bermuda Triangle lacking in disappearances; but it is filled with interest.
A fantastic guide to a fascinating corner of the South Riding. One day I will visit now! ...Amazon 5 Star review by C.J. Romer, 20th May 2019
Outstanding writer who perfectly captures the hidden worlds and forgotten corners of Britain ...Amazon 5 Star review by A. Flood ,1st June 2015.
Great work bringing local folklore to life ...Amazon 5 Star review by Mr J W Taylor, 16th June 2015.
Great ...Amazon 5 Star review by JoAnn Stuke Diethrich, 24 August 2015
I thought I knew this part of the Yorkshire coast reasonably well, until now. This guide has opened more than a few doors and revealed plenty of interesting facts, if myths and legends can be called that. Read this book in one day and most of the following night. Humorous and economical writing as well as being very informative. ...Amazon 5 Star review by A Harrell, 28 September 2015
Fascinating. Highlights and explains things you could pass every day and never see. ...Amazon 5 Star review by Ena Hoyle, 13 January 2016
Very informative book - well written ...Amazon 5 Star review by Y.E.Jennings, 22 February 2016
I absolutely loved this book. Highly recommended as both entertaining and informative. I have always loved the wolds area and now know a lot more about it. Thank you very much! ...Amazon 5 Star review by Juliet, 8 July 2016
A great short read. Loved the thoroughly absorbing stories and history of the area. A great driving-around guidebook. I loved the In-depth history and background stories (being a York ex-pat in Australia) - even the historically factual 'Battle of Flamborough Head'. Looking forward to a second volume! ...Amazon 4 Star review by C.D. Wilson, 25 October 2016
Genuinely Interesting. As a Lancastrian I wasn't sure that I would enjoy this book. It was amazing. Full of interesting snippets about Yorkshire I was carried away in a world of fact, myth and mystery. Totally absorbing. ...Amazon 5 Star review by ACL on 22 August 2017
How nice to meet somebody else who "gets" the appeal of the Wolds. A pleasing round-up of some well-known, and some much more obscure stories. The werewolf update was especially fun! ...Amazon 5 Star review by M on 9 December 2017