Chalkland Way near Thixendale

Chalkland Way 3

Route: Chalkland Way Stage 3  – Thixendale to Wetwang

Area: East and North Yorkshire

Date of walk: 21st July 2019

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 9.8 miles

Ascent: 900 feet

Weather: Mixed cloud and sun

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, and in April we completed Stage 2, Bugthorpe to Thixendale (follow the links to see these)

As this is a linear walk, two cars were needed and after leaving one of them in Wetwang we drove in the other to Thixendale, parking opposite the village church. We climbed up Beamer Hill via a chalk path at the far end of the village. This is part of the Yorkshire Wolds Way, and the two long distance paths shared the same route for about 3 miles. It was a case of up hill and down dale as we followed the paths, which were mostly at high level. permitting lovely views down into some of the dales

We eventually arrived in the village of Fimber and after crossing the main road we followed the route diagonally across South Field. The farmer had sown his wheat crop over the right of way, and the path was extremely narrow. If it hadn’t been for the fact that a few other walkers had partially flattened the crop, we’d have been in doubts about the route. There were further doubts when access to Green Lane seemed to be hindered by brambles and nettles, but we managed to get through unscratched and unstung

The skies clouded over on this latter half of the walk, which was over more gently rolling landscape than the first half, and it’s fair to say that we found the former to be more enjoyable. On arriving at our destination, Wetwang, we walked along a lane at the back of the village, turning right at the end to complete this third stage of the Chalkland Way

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