Route: Thixendale

Area: North Yorkshire

Date of walk: 2nd July 2017

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 8.8 miles

Ascent: 1,000 feet

Weather: Sunny

Some time ago I’d asked wildlife artist Robert Fuller to paint a red squirrel, based one one of my photos of our favourite animal. The great day duly arrived when the painting was ready for collection, and full of anticipation we set off for Thixendale, where Robert’s gallery is based. For anyone in the area, the gallery is well worth a visit. It’s full of interest, with displays of original paintings, prints, ideas for gifts, storyboards, live webcams trained on local wildlife and much more besides. All of these show Robert’s deep love for wildlife and the understanding he has for his subjects. Best of all, entrance to the gallery is free – though maybe not, as it’s impossible to resist buying something

The squirrel painting was duly unveiled and we weren’t disappointed, it was all we’d been hoping for and more

The Yorkshire Wolds is one of my favourite walking areas and Thixendale is set in the very heart of it, so this was a good opportunity to combine our visit to the gallery with a walk. Having conducted our business, which was a pleasure, we drove over to nearby Thixendale village and set off on the ‘Thixendale Round

Details of the walk are contained in the link so I won’t repeat these, save to say that it’s a delight every step of the way. There are a few short road sections, but we encountered little traffic and the surrounding countryside is beautiful throughout. The Wolds are best seen against a background of ‘big skies’ and we were lucky today as the weather suited the landscape perfectly

The photos which follow will tell the story of a walk in pristine English countryside…

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