Bishop Wilton Wold
Garrowby Hill tumulus.jpg
The summit
Highest point
Elevation246 m (807 ft)[1]
Prominencec. 203 m
ListingMarilyn, County Top
Coordinates54°00′06″N 0°45′02″W / 54.00163°N 0.75049°W / 54.00163; -0.75049Coordinates: 54°00′06″N 0°45′02″W / 54.00163°N 0.75049°W / 54.00163; -0.75049
Bishop Wilton Wold is located in East Riding of Yorkshire
Bishop Wilton Wold
Bishop Wilton Wold
Bishop Wilton Wold in the East Riding of Yorkshire
LocationYorkshire Wolds, England
OS gridSE820569
Topo mapOS Landranger 106

Bishop Wilton Wold is the highest point of the Yorkshire Wolds in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England. The summit, known as Garrowby Hill, lies about five miles (eight kilometres) north of Pocklington.

As with most of the wolds, it is wide, flat and agricultural in nature. The A166 road passes right by the top. However it is a Marilyn (having topographic prominence of at least 150 m or 492 ft 2 in). There is a trig point, two covered reservoirs and an aerial.

The British artist David Hockney painted the view from the summit in 1998.

Halifax bomber crash 1944

Halifax bomber OO-R of 1663 HCU
Halifax bomber OO-R of 1663 HCU

Around 10 am on 7 February 1944[2] a Halifax MkV DK192 (OO-N) from 1663 HCU based at RAF Rufforth[3] crashed on Garrowby Hill.[4]

As well as the 7 aircrew who were on a training flight, a passing lorry driver was also killed. There is a memorial in a layby on the A166 at Garrowby Hill

Memorial to the men killed in 1944
Memorial to the men killed in 1944

David Hockney

Yorkshire-born artist David Hockney produced a painting of Garrowby Hill in 1998.


  1. ^ Bathurst, David (2012). Walking the county high points of England. Chichester: Summersdale. pp. 69–75. ISBN 978-1-84-953239-6.
  2. ^ "York Stories - Memorials: lost crews of World War Two". Retrieved 27 July 2010.
  3. ^ "Royal Air Force - RAF History Bomber Command". Archived from the original on 23 January 2010. Retrieved 27 July 2010.
  4. ^ "Yorkshire Aircraft- accidents". Retrieved 27 July 2010.