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Pocklington and West Wolds Area Walks

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N9 - Kirby Underdale - Thixendale
Walk Name
Kirby Underdale - Thixendale
Take a truly enjoyable stroll in an undiscovered part of rural England.  Visit two delightful villages and secluded dales to enjoy stunning countryside views.
Circular Walk
Walk Type
  • Wolds Walks
Ordnance Survey Explorer Map
Car Parking Facility
Roadside parking in Kirby Underdale and Thixendale
Shop in Kirby Underdale, plus a shop, cafe and pub in Thixendale
Public Conveniences
The Square in Stamford Bridge
Distance (Miles)
Distance (Kilometres)
  • From Kirby Underdale, follow the road and then the path around the church, noting the tombstones of the Halifax family in the churchyard.  You will soon reach Uncleby.  Follow the minor road and then a track. 
  • Take the way-marked paths north of Woodley Farm up the fairly steep hill to the old Roman road.  Follow a road and farm track again to the large complex of Thixendale Grange.  A further path will take you into Thixendale and then the village of the same name. 
  • In Thixendale you can enjoy refreshments at the small and friendly village inn.  The village is on the 'Wolds Way', a long-distance path from Hessle to Filey.  People from all over the country are now using the path to discover this picturesque and attractive part of rural England. 
  • From the village follow a road and then a section of the 'Wolds Way' through Thixendale (yes, there are two dales with the same name).  A row of sycamore trees runs along the bottom of this typical dry Wolds valley where sheep and skylarks will be your only company.  
  • Where the 'Wolds Way' turns left, turn right and follow a further dale and then a farm road up Painsthorpe Wold.  You will obtain fine views over the Vale of York, and of the Hambleton Hills to the north west.  Can you see the White Horse?
  • Make your way back to Kirby Underdale along a minor road and short field path (you will pass the small hamlet of Painsthorpe).
Start Point
Kirby Underdale, Thixendale or the old Roman road
End Point
Kirby Underdale, Thixendale or the old Roman road
Towns & Villages
Kirby Underdale, Painsthorpe and Thixendale
ParishKirby Underdale
Start Easting
Start Northing
End Easting
End Northing
Further Information
Features of Interest
-  Kirby Underdale is a totally unspoilt village and is one of many 'estate villages' owned by Lord Halifax of Garrowby Hall.  The small village shop is one of the typical shops on the Wolds, selling everything from stamps to sausages.  The largest house is the old rectory where, in 1834, Bishop Thirwall wrote his monumental history of Greece.  It is hard to imagine a nicer place to write and study. 
-  Thixendale is a very secluded and attractive little village, said to have taken its name from the fact that sixteen dales lead into it.  Another version states that the name comes from the old Scandinavian name Sigsten, and it was "Sigsten's Valley". 
Accessibility Information
This route:- 
-  contains some steep slopes. 
-  contains a mixture of stiles and gates. 
-  may involve walking through fields with livestock.