Today driving back to Bridlington I took a detour from the usual route. The last turn off before Garrowby Hill on the A166 is signposted for Bugthorpe.
The roads today were very icy so a steady journey was made. The first stop was just before Kirkby Underdale looking towards the village. This is one of the best views in the Yorkshire Wolds.
Another day I will drive from here to Uncleby and Hanging Grimston.
Carrying on through the village I stop and take in the view at Painthorpe Dale. This view is one of those that David Hockney found worthy of doing a painting called ‘Bugthorpe Valley‘ which he painted in 2005. This was a painting that was a part of the exhibition ‘A Bigger Picture’ at the Royal Academy in 2012.
A little further on the way to Thixendale in Fotherdale there is another artist called Robert Fuller who is a fantastic artist who is one of Britains foremost wildlife artists. The gallery is open all year round. More information can be found on the website here.
The village of Thixendale is just down the hill from the art gallery. On arrival there had been a light dusting of snow. Thixendale is a village at the bottom of a steep sided valley. The pub in Thixendale is called the Cross Keys which serves a variety of beers, food plus it has accommodation available. Further accommodation is available at Manor Farm Bed & Breakfast. Thixendale is a great area for walking. A short distance from Thixendale is an art work by the artist Chris Druy. The art work is called ‘Waves and Time‘, and is one of the artworks that has been commissioned for the Wolds Way long distance walk that passes through Thixendale.
Leaving Thixendale, around a mile out of the village you’ll find another location that David Hockney had visited. This time he painted ‘Three Trees near Thixendale‘ in 2007. This painting was also shown at the Royal Academy.
Continuing the journey we come across the village of Fimber which is home to the church, St Mary’s which was rebuilt in 1871. The church is one of those in the area that was built by Sir Tatton Sykes of Sledmere. One of St Mary’s most notable features is the stained glass windows.