to see a map of the start location.)
OS Landranger No. 100, 101, 106
Take the A166 York to Bridlington Road, passing through the village of Fridaythorpe. Turn left onto the B1251 (scenic route) and drive two miles to the village of Fimber.
17 miles, 25k
On the whole too rough for skating, but OK for classic.
Steep downhills from Fimber into Burdale and into Thixendale valley.
Parking by the village pond in Fimber.
Pub and shop in Thixendale village.
Biker's Cafe in Fridaythorpe.
Plenty of picnic spots on route.
Park in Fimber and walk downhill a short distance into the dry valley of Burdale. From here roller ski along the valley bottom as far as the unique village of Thixendale, situated at the junction of several dry valleys.
Do not turn into the village, but rather ski straight on and eventually climb steeply out of the valley onto the Western edge of the Yorkshire Wolds.
Turn right and follow the edge for three miles, then turn right and right again before dropping down into Thixendale valley. Follow the valley bottom as far as the village of Thixendale, before returning by your original route to Fimber.
Highlights are steep sided valleys, scenery unique in Northern England. On clear days spectacular views from the edge of the Wolds across the Vale of York as far as the Pennines and North Yorkshire moors.
There is a wildlife art gallery at Fotherdale farm a mile outside Thixendale village. Tel 01759 36835 for opening hours.
Yorkshire Dales Cross Country Ski Club