Sometimes the best experiences arise out of completely unplanned and spontaneous decisions! On Tuesday this week I had to take a trip to the Yorkshire village of Thixendale. Robert Fuller, a superb wildlife artist, has his studio there, and I went to collect a print that he’d donated as a lot in a charity auction for our local doing rescue.
Thixendale is a short way from where I take Bruce for a run most days, so my plan was to head back that way once I’d collected the print. But I changed my mind purely on a whim. Driving out of Thixendale I saw road sign for the Village of Uncleby. I’ve never been there, so I thought I’d give it a go. The drive there was very picturesque, the road winds up and out of Thixendale, across the Yorkshire Wolds and the drops down into Uncleby. There isn’t actually a village there, it’s more a collection of farms, and I couldn’t find a parking spot.So I carried on for a mile or so until I reached the village of Kirby Underdale.
I love the Yorkshire Wolds: the landscape is beautiful and it doesn’t get as crowded as the North Yorkshire Moors. I thought I’d seen the best the Wolds has to offer, but Kirby Underdale and the surrounding countryside is a real gem. How I’ve managed to miss this place, which is only thirty miles from where I’ve lived for the past twenty two years is beyond me.
…and a Surprise
So out Bruce and I got, I slung my camera case over my shoulder, and away we went. The gallery below shows some of the best sights. I was just expecting to see some beautiful countryside and old buildings, but the churchyard held a real surprise! So, if you’re a history buff, there’s areminder of the dark days of the Second World War.
Gallery – Kirby Underdale
This small peaceful village nestles in a valley in the Yorkshire Wolds. It's a beautiful and secluded corner of North Yorkshire. In the two hours I spent there I only saw one car on the roads. It's great walking country.
The Yorkshire Wolds are often underrated in comparison to the the North Yorkshire Moors. But I think they are every bit as beautiful.
This is the view of the Wolds behind Kirby Underdale, as seen from the road leading from Hanging Grimston
Kirby Underdale is an estate village belonging to the Halifax Estates. This row of rather grand cottages lie on the edge of the village. The telephone box in the from garden of one of the cottages still works. Strange place to have a public phone!
Here's a sneaky picture of the Mansion House. I have a feeling that I would have been horsewhipped from the village for presuming to take this picture!
Kirby Underdale Church is a small, immaculate building. I wasn't able to go inside, but parts of it look medieval.
Edward Frederick Lindley Wood, 1st Earl of Haifax, was Foreign Secretary in Neville Chamberlain's Government in the 1930's. He was one of the main architects of the policy of appeasement that contributed to the outbreak of the Second World War. When Chamberlain resigned as Prime Minister in 1940, Halfax was a strong contender to replace him. In the end Churchill became leader. As a strong advocate of appeasement with Hitler, Halifax's approach to the war wol;d have been completely different to Churchill's. It's interesting to wonder how different the outcome might have been.
I found this crest of the Earls of Halifax on the Grave of the First Earl
The terrace to the right of the picture contans the graves of the Earls of Halifax and their Countesess.