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Thixendale & Kirby Underdale Walk

Author - Donald Morton

Length - 8.5 miles / 13.8 km

Ascent - 1100 feet / 333 metres

Grade - easy/mod

Start - OS grid reference SE843611
Lat 54.038998 + Long -0.71424252
Postcode YO17 9TG (approx. location only)

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, steep-sided 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.

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.

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.)

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.

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.

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