Country Diary: Flowering ivy has abundant store of nectar

Autumn’s early morning nip in the air often heralds bright sunlight, illuminating the season’s mellow tints and remaining fruits. Shiny black sloes remain abundant on thorny blackthorn bushes. For those making sloe gin in time for Christmas, it should be made now, although I’m sure many will have been awaiting a frost to benefit the berries.

A warm welcome awaits in the village of Muston.

Your Day Out: A meander round Muston

Autumn is the perfect season for exploring some of our lovely local villages. Following a chilly morning, when the sun breaks through to highlight the ever-changing leaf colouration, it’s a time of rejoicing. Gone are the holiday-makers of summertime. Now one can really see the scenery and special features devoid of any distractions.

Jew's ear

Country Diary: Edible fungus highly prized in Far East

At the closing of September, a highlight was the annual, ‘All Muck and Magic Gardens Awards’, at Scarborough’s Spa. Michael was overjoyed to receive a top ‘gold’ award for Montrosa’s Residential Home, and a silver cup (along with Ken Gill), as champion gardeners.

Small bridge over the beck in the village of Ruston.

Your Day Out: Three-village discovery

Combine the attractions of three lovely villages when you enjoy this delightful walk devised for all to appreciate. Following mainly country lanes, or the options of public footpaths, it’s ideal for walking in all weathers.

Scarlet pimpernel

Country diary: Humble beauty of the scarlet pimpernel

September – my birthday month, usually sets me aglow like the season. Our glorious sunflowers, planted late in the year have risen to 8ft tall. What joy they bring to passers-by. Beneath them, red-orange and yellow nasturtiums tumble in natural array. The humble wayside flowers of scarlet pimpernel sprawl over the border’s edge.

Richard Priestley

Yorkshire sailor to replicate historic voyage of Christopher Columbus

A brave sailor is organising a series of live music fundraisers as he prepares to cast off on the same perilous route taken by Christopher Columbus more than 500 years ago.

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The old school on Carr Lane, Scalby, now known as The Church Rooms and used as a social centre.

Your Day Out:

Some of the most wonderful walks are inaccessible to those without private transport, alas. However, this short route from Scalby village gives those travelling by bus a glimpse into paradise. You may even be tempted beyond. It’s one of our favourite cross-country walks to a pretty hamlet, a bridleway to Keld Runnels, with sparkling waters racing towards the valley and distant Sea Cut, and amazing views.

Picture of the Week: After the storm – Cow Bar, Staithes

Picture of the Week: After the storm – Cow Bar, Staithes

Our popular weekly feature spotlights pictures taken by camera club members in Ryedale.

Rowan berries are delicious cooked with apples.

Country diary: The fruits of autumn are in abundance

The season of mists and mellow fruitfulness has arrived in splendour. Siberian crab apples hang in profusion and scintillating colour beside Hackness Road near the Rosette Inn just north of Scarborough.

The walk from Burniston starts at the Three Jolly Sailors public house.

Your Day Out: Jolly old Burniston stroll

This beautiful, varied route has remarkable views throughout and presents easy walking for all to enjoy.

Parasol mushroom

Country diary: Foraging for delights of the countryside

Having happily munched our way through all Michael’s home-grown vegetables – 
potatoes; runner beans; broad beans; cucumber, and a donated marrow, only tomatoes remained. Our thoughts immediately turned to foraging! What memorable moments we’ve spent, along with our terrier Tigga, seeking the delights of the countryside.

The Hayburn Wyke Hotel, the starting point of the walk and a great place for refreshment after the two and a half mile stroll.

Enjoy an idyllic stroll

This lovely, short walk is both interesting and varied. Although the first mile is level and direct, the return route via woodland and stream-side may prove tricky after rainfall, or to anyone unsteady on their feet, with some steep sections to negotiate.

Garton Church. Picture: Pam Stanforth.

Your Day Out: Discovering Ebbertson

Travelling along the B1249 via Staxton, Foxholes and Langtoft towards Driffield, it’s hard to imagine as you follow signs to Little Driffield and Garton-on-the-Wolds, the hidden beauty of villages.

Crane fly or daddy long legs are now tapping on windows.

Country Diary: A nip in the air as autumn approaches

I need no reminder that mid-September marks my birthday. The signs are there in the countryside! A nip in the air, and low, dazzling sunlight on early morning trots with Tigga. Leaf litter and erupting fungi; autumn tints and aromas; the harvest spider’s arrival, and the haunting call of geese flying in ‘V’ formation overhead mean it’s goodbye to summer!

Your Day Out: Discovering Ebberston

Your Day Out: Discovering Ebberston

Ebberston is a small village on the eastern boundary of Ryedale and in the Vale of Pickering. Its main street runs directly north to south, and consists mostly of stone-built properties with red pantiled roofs, though some are brick-built with slate roofs.

Burnby Hall Gardens

Your Day Out: Breathtakingly beautiful

Market towns are always packed full of tradition and heritage, and Pocklington seems to be one of Yorkshire’s best-kept secrets.

The old railway station in Robin Hoods Bay is the start of the final leg of the rail trail.

Your Day Out: Rail trail destination is in sight

Robin Hood’s Bay is about 15¼ miles along the disused rail-track from Scarborough. Only 6½ miles of walking to your destination of Whitby! Whilst many walkers will find this an easy target, others may prefer to divide it into two small sections, ie 3¼ miles to Hawsker, and the final 3¼ miles from Hawsker to Whitby on another occasion.

Remains of the old alum works at Ravenscar.

Your Day Out: Scenic route down to Bay

If you’ve followed the rail trail from Scarborough towards Whitby, you’ll find Ravenscar marks the half-way point. The latter half I’ve divided into just two sections, but these may be sub-divided for easier walking distances.

The village pond at Newton-on-Rawcliffe

Weekend Walk: Newton Dale & Levisham

The view over Newton Dale is one of the finest in the North York Moors, and it comes to life in specular fashion whenever a steam train on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway is passing through.

Anthony Dowson  28, Moorland Beat Keeper for the Thimbleby estate, near Northallerton, is pictured counting grouse on the moor with his dog Millie.
Picture: James Hardisty.

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It keeps thousands of people in jobs, ensures Yorkshire’s moorland stays diverse with wildlife and contributes more than £2bn to the national economy.

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