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A walk around Thixendale and the Robert Fuller Gallery

Visitors to my gallery often like to get out and enjoy the stunning scenery whilst they are here. Sometimes they head out to see if they can see the wild owls, foxes, badgers and birds whose portraits hang on my gallery walls. Why not follow their lead and make the most of your visit by packing your walking boots when you come so that you can also enjoy the Yorkshire Wolds?
Follow this link to download and print a guide to a short scenic route you can take directly from my gallery.
A visitor to my gallery has written an excellent review of a longer walk you can do around my gallery. If you are planning a visit and want to make a day of it I recommend reading his blog,which I have copied below. To link directly to his blog, Andrews Walks, and to see a map of the route please click on this link :



Route: Thixendale

Area: North Yorkshire

Date of walk: 2nd July 2017

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 8.8 miles

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…



A short time later, the start of today’s walk as we leave the village of Thixendale
We pass by St Mary’s Church
An essential component of a proper village – a red phone box


We follow the lane out of the village


Just after Manor Farm we turn off the lane to enter into Thixen Dale


Thixen Dale, a classic example of the dry valleys of the Yorkshire Wolds…

Looking back along the valley


Bonnie contemplates the way ahead


We climb out of the valley via Milham Dale


Beyond Thixendale Grange
Huge views over the Vale of York to our right from a short road section of the walk


We leave the road to descend in the direction of the Vale of York…

We pass by Waterloo Cottage on Uncleby Hill
The delightful unspoilt village of Kirby Underdale…

All Saints Church


Just after the village we leave the road to follow a path passing by Painsthorpe Hall


Looking back to Kirby Underdale
Looking back to Kirby Underdale


Walking along Painsthorpe Lane
Looking back
A view down into Painsthorpe Dale
Painsthorpe Wold



We follow a grassy shelf into Worm Dale


Worm Dale

At the end of the dale we turn left into Thixen Dale
A crossroads where we follow the path to the left along Thixen Dale

A heavenly stroll along Thixen Dale, where we spotted a hare, kestrel and buzzard

Climbing out of the dale towards the road
We turn right here, but will return to the gallery in the car to collect our painting
The road to Thixendale


Looking across the valley…
…and a final look back along it


Back home, we unwrap the painting – a great end to a great day




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