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Walks: Ravenscar-Cider Track-War Dike Lane-Cleveland Way-Beast Cliff

Ravenscar is a small, popular village about 10 miles north-north-east of Scarborough. It stands 600ft above sea level, on the coast over-looking Robin Hood’s Bay. The Raven Hall Hotel possesses a fine golf course, and the scenery is stunning.

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Large hawker dragonfly

Country Diary: Insect glistens in sunlight like a sparkling gem

“Lost a screw?” we enquired of our cabinet-maker pal Martin, as he carefully swept amongst oak wood shavings. No, apparently he saw a grub in a tiny hole, and poked it out. Upon examination, it proved to be the larvae of a death-watch beetle! Woodworm does great damage tunnelling through household timbers. This species is larger that the furniture beetle, usually breeding in oak timbers, especially if damp. Its exit holes are three to four mm across. It’s well known for the tapping sound make by the adults before they emerge.

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Walks: Scarborough’s heritage leads the way

Walks: Scarborough’s heritage leads the way

Enjoy this wonderfully varied route, incorporating Scarborough’s heritage, history, a famous artist, Anne Bronte’s grave, sculptures, harbour and the market hall’s £2.7 million refurbishment.

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Giant wood wasp

Country Diary: Wood wasp is often mistaken for a hornet

Zooming into our lives recently, darted an awesome giant wood wasp, or greater horntail! Being one of our largest wasps, with black and yellow body and huge ovipositor, it may easily have been mistaken for a hornet. Although mainly found in woodlands, the insects often emerge from wood stacked in timber yards. Michael’s timber had just been collected from there.

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 Red Scar Lane resident Belinda Robson unhappy that SBC has cut down the wild flower verge that they said they would preserve.
 Mrs Robson's photo of the lane before the flowers were cut

Walks: Lady Edith’s Drive to Woodlands Ravine via Scalby and Railtrack

Just on the outskirts of Scarborough, enjoy this grand five-mile route of easy walking with firm footpaths, there’s plenty to enjoy in all weathers. The scenery, church, historic buildings, and a dismantled railtrack, all create interest. The lovely village of Scalby provides a midway resting place for welcome refreshment.

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Elephant hawk moth caterpillar.

Country Diary: Caterpillar resembles an elephant

“Have you lost a black ferret?” enquired a young lady, ascending the cliff from Cloughton Wyke. She had photographed one on the beach, peering from behind a rock. Being bred for catching rats and rabbits, it seemed quite capable of fending for itself.

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Raincliffe Woods and Throxenby Mere.

Walks: An uplifting short and easy route to enjoy

As more and more public footpaths become non negotiable, we’re attempting to revisit local sites, and encourage people to use short walking routes.

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Himalayan balsam

Country Diary: Handsome plant flourishes along river banks

Driving down Memory Lane, Michael reminisced his childhood days, brought up in lonely country villages south-west of Malton. Claxton, Bossall, Harton, and Barton-le-Willows, all held special memories, so interesting to recall. How scenes had changed! Some almost beyond recognition, yet so pretty and unspoilt. Some cottages and a pond had vanished; hedges and trees were much taller, a school was now a lovely private dwelling, and attractive bungalows had been built. Yet, by contrast, on the outskirts of Barton-le-Willows was a gypsy encampment. Along the grassed verge about half a dozen ponies grazed, and a couple of dogs sniffed around for food. Women were busy cooking over an open fire, enjoying the simple life.

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Aerial view of Oliver's Mount, Scarborough.

Walks: Scarborough Mere and Oliver’s Mount

We are in danger of losing our local public footpaths! Owing to lack of maintenance, countless footpaths are overgrown; stiles rotting away; old steps eroded or slipping, and any used by motorcycles deeply rutted and mud-filled!

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Flowering heather on the North York Moors.

Country Diary: Experience wild heather in all its glory

Here we go round the mulberry bush, the mulberry bush, the mulberry bush, we sang in the school playground, did you?

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Parasol mushroom  one of our best edible fungi.

Country Diary: Recent rainfall has resulted in appearance of fungi

Herring gulls are a menace – not kittiwakes, as some believe.

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Temple of the Four Winds at Castle Howard.

Walks: Coneysthorpe - Centenary Way - Castle Howard

This delightful walk of about six miles, departs from the small, picturesque village of Coneysthorpe, about five miles east of Malton, at the north entrance to Castle Howard park. It includes Castle Howard, noted for its magnificent location, and scenery of the Howardian Hills. The mansion of Castle Howard is well known to many – a superb early 18th century building designed by Sir John Vanbrugh. It contains interesting collections of furniture, porcelain, sculpture and paintings. Its 1,000-acre park has an ionic temple and statues, lakes and fountains, and is thickly wooded.

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Albino blackbird

Country Diary: A haven of beauty and tranquility

Hello again! Remember Little and Large, our Vapourer Moth caterpillars? They’re now enjoying life, happily munching hawthorn hedging, to complete their metamorphosis in natural surroundings.

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Walks: Lythe to Ugthorpe is a charming route

Walks: Lythe to Ugthorpe is a charming route

Ugthorpe is a small village situated on the edge of the North York Moors, eight miles west of Whitby. It is not on main tourist routes, and has retained its quietness and calm, which adds to its charm.

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Country Diary: Finding a new pet among the broad beans

We’ve recently acquired a new pet! It won’t cost much to feed, and Tigga certainly won’t be jealous. Whilst picking our broad beans, I noticed that several leaves had been eaten, but I thought no more about them, until two caterpillars were observed – little and large! We’ve kept the larger one as it’s more active.

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Walks: The pleasant village of Bulmer

Walks: The pleasant village of Bulmer

Bulmer is a village pleasantly situated on high ground. It’s about seven miles south-west of Malton, and 13 miles from York. Lying in wooded countryside, on a road running straight from Welburn, it’s only about two miles from the A64. This farming village, in the popular Howardian Hills, overlooks the Vale of York.

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Spoonbills have bred in Yorkshire for the first time in 400 years.

Country Diary: Rare species of bird nests at Fairburn Ings

It’s “The Good Life”. Tucking into our home-grown potatoes and beautiful broad beans grown in containers in our car park. Enjoying Digby’s cucumber, and Paula’s rosy-red rhubarb, summer’s a time of sharing one’s produce, and awaiting vegetables in season. June’s day of torrential rain provided a much-needed boost to gardens.

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Flamborough. Picture: Ian Day

Walks: Flamborough’s impressive headland

Flamborough village is only about three miles north east of Bridlington and has always seemed to me like a second home. With its remains of a castle, a medieval fortified manor house and quaint pubs, it alone has much to offer. However, take the B1255 North Marine Road out of the village to seek Flamborough’s coastline and impressive headland.

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Twinberry honeysuckle

Country Diary: Unusual bush bore berries like beads

Poppies and corn seem inseparable – their scarlet and dusty-yellow colours denoting high summer. The Romans depicted their crop goddess Ceres, with a bunch of corn and poppies in one hand, and a lighted torch in the other. This year, the Wolds reveal an increase in field poppies, and along the verges of country lanes.

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Pictured the 199 steps that lead up to St Marys Church and Whitby Abbey.

Walks: See the Whitby of Old

Whitby is situated at the mouth of the River Esk, facing due north across the sea with open moorland in all other directions. Whitby has been a historic religious centre, a shipbuilding, whaling and fishing port, and is now a popular holiday resort.

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