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Ride Yorkshire

Ride Yorkshire


Long stretches of glorious bridleway and quiet lanes with panoramic views of the Wolds including the famous Thixendale.

From Bishop Wilton the climb is steep with magnificent views behind. The route descends on a permissive track through fields into a magnificent valley to Kirby Underdale and on to Thixendale, a thriving country village and home to the wildlife artist Robert Fuller whose gallery is at Fotherdale, half a mile from Thixendale. On the route from Thixendale, the deserted medieval village of Wharram Percy can be seen and we then follow the lanes next to an old railway line towards Fimber and then towards Sledmere with its stately home and gardens.

Ride Yorkshire would be delighted to assist you with organising your visit on 01439 798108 or

Local Accommodation
High Belthorpe, Bishop Wilton YO42 1SB - 01759 368238. 1 mile from route.
Low Penhowe, Burythorpe YO17 9LU - 01653 658336. 4 miles from route.
Life Hill Farm, Sledmere YO25 3EY - 01377 236224. 1.45 miles from route.

Horse Route: Bishop Wilton > Kirby Underdale > Thixendale > Sledmere

Access: Suitable for horse and rider

Duration: 4 Hours

Miles: 16

Time/Effort 2 out of 5
Navigation 2 out of 5
Technicality 3 out of 5
OS map OS Landranger Series 106 - Southern Section / OS Explorer Map 300 - North Section
Toilets No public toilets en route
Refreshments Refreshments available in Thixendale at The Cross Keys and the Old Post Office. The Village Hall provides refreshments on Sundays.

Open all the time


Bishop Wilton,
East Yorkshire,
YO62 5LG



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Map reference: SE 797551  Lat: 53.98587 Long: -0.78509