Route: Thixendale

Area: East Yorkshire

Date of walk: 22nd February 2019

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 4.3 miles

Ascent: 500 feet

Weather: weak sunshine, rather hazy, warm

We parked near St Mary’s Church in the small village of Thixendale and headed west out of the village, turning off the road after a short distance to climb up a chalk track to Cow Wold. We were now on the  Yorkshire Wolds Way, retreading a path we’d followed nearly three years ago when walking this long distance route from Hessle to Filey. It was a case of up hill and down dale as we descended from the wold and then ascended Vessey Hill, but it was all easy going thanks to the gently rolling nature of the chalk landscape in these parts

It was a warm day, and there was a sense of spring in the air as we enjoyed some good wildlife sightings – a family of buzzards circling overhead, several hares racing around in the fields – and numerous skylarks, which provided musical accompaniment overhead for much of the walk

Beyond Vessey Hill we turned east to follow a path above Wharram Percy Farm. At this point the walk could be extended (by about three miles) to include a visit to the nearby site of the medieval village of Wharram Percy. We headed south instead on the final leg of the walk, which took us back towards Thixendale along the Chalkland Way, a 40 mile long distance walk around the Yorkshire Wolds

It wasn’t until we arrived back at the outskirts of Thixendale that we met the only other walkers we’d seen during the course of this very enjoyable two hour ramble. We didn’t have time today, but anyone following this walk is recommended to visit the gallery of wildlife artist Robert Fuller, situated just outside the village

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