Chalkland Way

Chalkland Way 2

Route: Chalkland Way Stage 2 – Bugthorpe to Thixendale

Area: East and North Yorkshire

Date of walk: 12th April 2019

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 8.1 miles

Ascent: 1,000 feet

Weather: Mixed cloud and sun, quite cold

The Chalkland Way is a 40 mile long distance walk which explores the most northerly chalk outcrop in Britain, visiting the hills and valleys of the Yorkshire Wolds. The route was first established in 1994 by Ray Wallis, and is a worthy addition to the other long distance walks in the region – the Wolds Way, the Centenary Way, the Minster Way and the Wilberforce Way

We completed Stage 1 of the walk from Pocklington to Bugthorpe in February – click here for details – and ever since have been looking forward to an opportunity to complete the next leg. A window presented itself today and, since this is a linear walk, we had to use two cars, leaving one in Thixendale before driving to Bugthorpe for the start of the walk

After passing by St Andrew’s Church we walked out of the village along a quiet country lane and, just before the boundary between East and North Yorkshire, we joined a path across the fields. The way was lined with blackthorn hedges in full bloom, which enhanced the lovely rolling scenery. After passing by Lower and High Sleights Farms we descended into Deepdale and, after a short walk along the valley bottom, made the very steep ascent up its other side. This was the only place on the entire route when we encountered fellow walkers, and they were going in the opposite direction

The weather had clouded over earlier but by good fortune the skies cleared at the top of Deepdale, so that we were able to enjoy the huge views over the surrounding countryside in good light. We followed a succession of lanes and paths before descending into Milham Dale, which merges into Thixen Dale a little further on. Our good luck continued as this final section of the walk was completed in glorious weather with big skies which showed the landscape at its very best. It was a wonderful walk, and we look forward to Stage 3

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