East and North Yorkshire

Route: Fridaythorpe Circular

Area: East and North Yorkshire

Date of walk: 14th December 2016

Walkers: Andrew

Distance: 8.4 miles

Weather: Fog and mist most of the way, clearing towards the end

I parked in the village of Fridaythorpe near the village green and after walking north west for a short distance I left the road at an industrial grain mill to join the Yorkshire Wolds Way. I’d followed this path in April 2015 as one of the legs of the Wolds Way, a long distance walk which I can highly recommend (follow this link for stage 1 which in turn links to the other stages)

I walked across Brubber Dale and past Gill’s Farm to descend into Thixendale. This should have been the scenic highlight of the walk, but sadly the weather didn’t flatter the landscape at all. These rolling chalk wolds and their dry valleys need clear weather and good skies to be seen at their best, but today it was foggy and overcast, and frankly rather gloomy

After walking along Thixen Dale, Bradeham Dale and Wayrham Dale I climbed out of the valley and crossed the A166 to start the return leg to Fridaythorpe. This last section of the walk was along the top of the wolds and as I reached Wold House Farm there was an improvement in the weather as the sun finally managed to break through the murk

The last mile or so of the walk was a joy, and a welcome contrast to what had gone before. All too soon I arrived back in Fridaythorpe, wishing the walk had been a little longer. A visit to Robert Fuller’s wonderful gallery in Thixendale rounded off a day well spent

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