Walks from Season Three - Huggate to Thixendale
A short walk along part of the 79 mile Yorkshire Wolds Way, from Huggate to Thixendale - proving there's great little walks to be done along the epic lengths of England and Wales' National Trails.
This is a linear walk - and be aware there isn't any public transport between Thixendale and Huggate, so please make your way back to Huggate by booking a taxi or by taking a walking buddy and leave a second car at Thixendale first. Or you could walk back, of course!
The Dry Valleys along this route
A walk from Huggate to Thixendale on the Yorkshire Wolds Way - Walks Around Britain Shorts
|6½ miles (10.4 km)|
|896 ft (273m) |
Level of difficulty
|Public footpaths and pavements|
|Grid SE 88164 55510|
|Keep on leads|
|Off-road in Huggate|
|No public transport available|
|In Fridaythorpe and Thixendale|
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- Start by parking considerately off road in the village of Huggate.
- With the church on the right of you and the road into Huggate behind, walk forwards - which is northerly - upon the road through the village.
- When the road turns to the right, the Yorkshire Wolds Way joins this road from the left - and you are now walking on the Yorkshir Wolds Way.
- In a short while, a junction in paths sees the Chalkland Way go to the right folk of the "Y" junction down Cow Dale, as the Yorkshire Wolds Way takes the left.
- The path heads through open fields here.
- At the next junction of paths, take the left hand route and head in a straight line to the far side of the field.
- Go through the gate, turn right, and follow the obvious worn path down the side of the dry valley called Horse Dale.
- Just as the path reaches the bottom of the valley, there's another junction - take the left fork to continue along the Yorkshire Wolds Way.
- Follow the path through Holm Dale and at the next junction of paths, take the right hand route.
- At the end of the valley, a lone tree on the right hand side indicates where the next gate is.
- After the gate, our path is crossed by a track at right-angles. Carry on straight ahead along a farm path.
- Soon, Glebe Farm is passed on the right.
- The path finishes as it joins the busy A166. Cross this road carefully, and turn right.
- Continue alongside the A166 Main Street until you reach "The Farmers Arms" pub, and turn left down Back Street.
- Follow the road, with the duck pond on your left, and stay on this road after it renames as Thixendale Road.
- At the next fork, Thixendale Road heads right, and the Yorkshire Wolds Way follows the track on the left. Take the left path to continue on the Way.
- Follow the path as it crosses fields and then decends down the side of West Dale.
- Here, the path rises again fairly steeply along Brubber Dale towards Gill's Farm.
- Cross the road called Huggate Hill and follow the path waymarked Thixendale 2 miles.
- Remember this section is a Bridleway and so there might be bikes or horses along the route.
- The path takes a left and then a right in order to decend to the bottom of Thixen Dale - another of the dry valleys.
- At the end of the valley, the Yorkshire Wolds Way turns left at the un-named road which heads in the opposite direction to the village of Painsthorpe.
- The road you previously crossed, Huggate Hill, joins on the right. Remain on this road signposted to Thixendale.
- At the next road junction, turn left into Thixendale village.
- Then, a right takes you to the end of this walk at The Cross Keys pub.
- As there isn't any public transport links between Thixendale and Huggate, you either need to walk back or phone for a taxi to return to you car.
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