Circular Walk from Thixendale through Kirby Underdale

A Thixendale walk posted on 04/07/16 by Walking Britain. Update : 04/08/16

This walk in the Yorkshire Wolds provides a mixture of walking through quiet secluded dales and across the wide open spaces of a limestone plateau with extensive views over the Vale of York. It starts and finishes in the village of Thixendale which has a pub and a small shop.

Technical sheet
Calculated time Calculated time: 4h25[?]
Distance Distance : 8.33mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 817ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 827ft
Highest point Highest point : 781ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 295ft
Average Difficulty : Average
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Thixendale
Starting point Starting point : N 54.03894° / W 0.71538°
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Description

(D/A) Park outside the church in Thixendale village (Not shown on OS Landranger 100 but at grid ref. SE843611). With the church on your left walk out of the village, passing the village shop on the right and the road to Uncleby. Look for a bridleway sign post on the left just before the road swings right. Follow this bridleway soon swinging further left (waymark) up Thixendale. Follow the valley bottom: where it divides take the right fork through a gate. Continue following the valley bottom and at the top reach Thixendale Grange. Go through a gate, turn left and follow the farm drive out to the road.

(1) Turn left along the road. Now to the right you can look over the Vale of York. Look out for a finger post on the left pointing right. Here turn right and follow the footpath down the field edge - hedge right - now facing over the Vale of York. At the end of the field turn left and continue to follow the field edge to a gate. Turn right through the gate and follow a line of hawthorns down to a gate and then still straight on to a second gate. Here turn left and then right to follow the field edge - hedge on left - still downhill to a cross path. Turn left through a gate and go over a field to join a farm track which is followed straight on to a road. (When you dip down to cross a small brook, this almost insignificant feature is the boundary between the ancient North and East Ridings and you have now passed from one to the other.)

(2) When you reach the road turn right and, at the next junction, left to go through the small village of Kirby Underdale. Follow this road through the village, mentioned in the Domesday Book, down past the church on the left, and then up through the hamlet of Painsthorpe to a T-junction. Turn left and again there are views over the Vale of York. Very soon turn right up the first farm track and follow this bridleway past Painsthorpe Wold Farm. Follow it round when it turns left but when it turns right leave it to go straight on through a hedge gap and then turn right (back into the North Riding) to follow the field edge - hedge on right. Look out for a gate in the hedge with waymarks.

(3) Go through this and turn left to go under a large tree where you should pick up a disused cart track and you leave the plateau, going down into Worndale on you left. Follow this little used dale along its floor until you go through a gate and come to a junction of dales. To the right is Bradeham Dale but you turn left to follow the Wolds Way along the floor of Grass Dale through a couple of gates straight on to a road. At the road turn right and, after passing two roads coming in from the right turn left back into Thixendale village(D/A).

Waypoints :
D/A : mi 0 - alt. mi 0
1 : mi 2.02 - alt. mi 2.02 - Turn left
2 : mi 3.62 - alt. mi 3.62 - Turn right
3 : mi 5.88 - alt. mi 5.88 - Go through the gate
D/A : mi 8.33 - alt. mi 8.33

Useful Information

The Yorkshire Wolds is one of those less frequented places which when found are truly rewarding. The Wolds is a chalk plateau crisscrossed by dales which on the western and northern sides are deep, steepsided and winding. They provide secret secluded places while the plateau provides a feeling of space and at the scarp edges wide views. This walk is a mixture, starting up Thixendale from the eponymous village, walking on the scarp edge overlooking the Vale of York and returning down some other delightful dales. Some of it is on roads, but they are very quiet, and it was our experience that the local drivers are very considerate of walkers.

Hikideas and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

Opinions and comments

Average

Global average : 5/5
Number of opinions : 2
Description quality : 5/5
Routemap quality : 5/5
Walk interest : 5/5


Moderator hiker
on Mon 27 Aug 2018 13:41:40 CEST

Many thanks for the feedback. Please feel free to share any photos you have of the walk


Walker
on Mon 27 Aug 2018 11:45:55 CEST

Global average : 5 / 5

Date of walk : 27/08/18
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

Lovely walk that started going up through the chalk valleys leading to stunning views of the York valley.
Highly recommend, not too difficult.


Walker
on Mon 21 May 2018 16:04:38 CEST

Global average : 5 / 5

Date of walk : 21/05/18
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

Loved this walk. Thankyou x

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