To celebrate this landmark, the National Trails, Ramblers Association and East Riding of Yorkshire Council have teamed up to invite people to take part in a mass walking adventure on Sunday 2nd October to mark the big day.
Splitting the trail into seven equal parts, residents and visitors can walk a leg of the iconic trail in a combined effort to walk the full 79 miles in one day between Humber Bridge and Filey Brigg.
Led by experienced walk guides, each section will cover approximately 11 miles of the National Trail.
The National Trail winds through the quiet and gentle countryside.
From the shores of the mighty Humber Estuary, along wooded hillsides and through quiet dry valleys, the walk gently climbs the rolling hills of the chalky Yorkshire Wolds before descending the northern escarpment to the dramatic headland of Filey Briggs.
Everyone walking one of the seven stages will contribute to a mass effort to complete the entire 79 mile iconic trail in one day.
Cllr Jane Evison, portfolio holder for economic investment, growth and tourism at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “The Yorkshire Wolds Way is one of the much-loved and popular footpaths in the UK and it is fantastic to see the efforts being made to celebrate its 40 anniversary.
“There is still time for East Riding residents and visitors to the area to take part in the mass walk on Sunday, October 2 and I would encourage people to contact Beverley Tourist Information Center if they are interested.
“The walks vary in difficulty to ensure there are options for all different experienced walkers.”
Malcolm Hodgson, National Trails officer, added: “For 40 years, thousands of walkers have discovered the delights of the outstanding and tranquil landscape of the Yorkshire Wolds. Now there is an opportunity to follow in their footsteps and celebrate our wonderful National Trail. In addition, there will be a cake for each attendee as we say Happy Birthday and toast the next 40 years!”