Wold House / Wharram Percy / Burdale
|Features||Easy country walking, open views to Wharram Percy, back via quiet road along Burdale|
|Special Notes||Good in most weathers|
|Difficulty||Moderate. Some easy climbs|
The first part of the walk follows the Centenary way. This is well marked by yellow arrows. Start by going north-east, past the pub, over the stile (or gate for the less adventurous) into the field beside the cricket pitch.
Walk along the dale, gradually climbing up along the trodden path on to the ridge near the line of trees. Continue through over a double stile and cross the entry to the ‘6 Valleys’ cross country riding course. Climb the stile and ascend the slope to the left.
The route runs parallel to the dale, gently climbing to a gate, which you should pass through. Follow the farm track, turning left at the end (signed Centenary Way). Keep following this track round, past the deserted Wold House to a T junction with views across to Wharram Percy Farm. Turn right towards Deep Dale.
At the sign, turn left keeping along the dale towards Wharram Percy. Keep towards the hedge-line on your right until the church is just ahead, where the yellow arrows direct you down the slope towards the church (between the first and second pond). Cross into the Wharram Percy Reserve.
Wharram Percy is in a glorious location, and there is plenty of useful information around the site. Spend some time exploring.
Leave on the path beyond the Church and cross a stile at the end. Take the path opposite, rather than the larger left path, and after a while you will come through the car park and on to the quiet single-track road. Turn right. The road rises gradually for a while, before descending sharply past the old Quarry and its disused railway line and back into Burdale. Watch out for wildlife, including birds, hares and deer.
At the foot of the hill, turn right past the pond. 2 miles to go!
A gentle stroll along Burdale brings you at last back to the welcome of Thixendale and, if you time it right, the delights of the pub.