Dry Valleys of Thixendale

  • Visit the ancient settlement at Wharram Percy
  • Thixendale is full of character
  • Good walking above the dry valleys

Thixendale is a little gem, tucked deep in one of the impressive chalk valleys which so characterise this part of the Yorkshire Wolds. The walk itself tends to stick to the higher chalk scarps rather than the valley floors thereby retaining the views and the easier walking.

I headed off to Deepdale to visit the ancient village of Wharram Percy with the remains of a still impressive church but it does mean repeating a section of the walk. It is even possible to walk beyond Wharram Percy and return via its namesake farm but I decided not too (only due to time constraints). Combining the excellent walking above the dry valleys with the idyllic village of Thixendale (and some nice warm weather) made this one of my most enjoyable walks of the year.

Recommend: The cows in Deep Dale are over friendly – say no more…

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. 300 Howardian Hills and Malton Buy Map
Start Point: 845611. Park near the pub and then walk past it on the the signposted path which carries along the side of the hill and parallel to the road.
Height to Climb: 186 ms (611 feet)
Terrain: The paths are clear and easy to follow, sticking as they do to the higher ground and always being part of one of the 'Ways' are well signposted
Eating & Drinking: Thixendale has a gem of a pub, the Cross Keys, and a small village shop and tea room, nice to sit out in when the weather is suitable
Similar Walks Nearby: Thorpe Bassett Wold nr Settrington
Dry Valleys of Medieval Cottam
Places to Stay:


Old Cobblers Cottage, North Dalton