Sunday, 24 April 2016

Thursday 21 April - Huggate to Thixendale - along The Yorkshire Wolds Way

Thursday dawned fine and sunny which made it a great day for getting out and walking on the Yorkshire Wolds. Along the field edges the first of the "arable weeds" are now in flower. So there was the blue of Germander Speedwell, the pink of Red Dead Nettle and golden green of Sun Spurge lining the path in some of the cultivated fields.

In the woods and hedges I saw Larch, this pink female flower will eventually become the cone
 I always assume this white blossom in the hedges is the Blackthorn, but when I look more closely I can't find the thorns and the leaves seem too far advanced so I am wondering if this is Bullace or Wild Plum.

 Gooseberry flowering in the hedgerows.

The dry valley of Horsedale, last year's dead grass is hiding the young green growth of this year but soon it will be truly green.

Fridaythorpe is a village I have only ever driven through on the main road going to Bridlington. The residents have a sense of humour with a weather forecasting stone, a special blue plaque and a super new bus stop for the 12 buses which stop here each week.

For me it is more importantly the half way point of the Wolds Way,

 and it has a lovely pond where I sat and ate lunch watching the ducks and ducklings and saw my first House Martin of the year.

As I was leaving I realised the shallows of the pond were bright orange and this was because there were hundreds of goldfish warming themselves in the shallows.

Fridaythorpe has a lovely church which was restored in the early 20th Century by Sir Tatton Sykes of Sledmere. The clock face dating from this restoration has the reminder "Time is short: Eternity is long" dated 1903.

The altar and most of the internal woodwork dates from this restoration, although the altar had previously been in Sledmere Church.
 The arch over the doorway is believed to be Norman and at least 900 years old.

Still and almost cloudless blue sky, quite unexpected for mid-April

More sheep, it was so warm that many of them were sheltering in the shade of the trees although there was still no leaves on these Ash trees the sheep are definitely congregating in the shadows of the branches.


 Later I walked under a tree with a female Kestrel in the top branches

Finally a reminder of my childhood, when the road signs were all rather different. One of the farmers has acquired an old sign and used it to warn drivers to be careful as they enter his property.


  1. What a wonderful and interesting post with some great photos - love the close-ups of the wild flowers :)

    Fridaythorpe looks a fascinating village to visit - love the sense of humour and the church. What an unusual clock and so enjoyed seeing the Norman arch :) You have made me want to go out church exploring again :)

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  2. Thank you Ragged Robin. It was a great surprise to get into the church but it is one of the "Sykes" Churches These are some twenty churches either built or restored by two Sir Tatton Sykes, father and son.
    There are 2 published tours for these churches and Frdaythorpe is one of 11 churches in the southern tour. According to the leaflet nine of these are open daily and the key for the other two is available.

    Yes, I also need to do some more church exploring. Good luck with your searches.

  3. A lovely walk through some of my favourite parts of the Yorkshire Wolds, the sense of space is wonderful up there on the high Wolds around Huggate, Fridaythorpe and Thixendale isn't it.

    You certainly had some beautiful weather for this stage of the walk and have some lovely photos to show for it. The church at Fridaythorpe is one of my favourites and it is good to see that is remains open.

    Good luck with next half of the Wolds Way :-)

    1. Thanks David, yes the weather certainly makes the walk. Despite living in York I really don't know The Wolds as a walking area at all. I have visited YWT reserves there but that's about 30 years ago. The walking is very different to what I am used to on the North York Moors and Howardian Hills. Certainly well worth doing.

  4. Nice day and nice walk, do like to see were you have been and what you have seen. Photos are lovely, masses of Goldfish in that pond. Great shot of the Kestrel.
    Amanda xx

    1. Thanks Amanda, yes lovely spring sunshine makes it all look great.