Country Diary: Regoice to hear increased sound of bird song

And the spring arose on the garden fair,

Stone cottages on Burniston High Street.

Your Day Out: Wave of welcome in village of Burniston

Burniston is a village about four miles north of Scarborough. Anyone approaching this village along Scalby Road from Scarborough will see a wave of welcome from The Three Jolly Sailors. Yes, this short, country walk starts from this popular public house.

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Weekly Walk - round Hutton Buscel, snowdrops in St Matthews Church graveyard

Country Diary: ‘Fair Maids of February’ are welcome sight

O’erjoyed to see the flowers that truly bring

Cottages lend a homely feeling in the village of Silpho.

Your Day Out: Brisk country lane walk

Step outdoors, and enjoy a good, brisk walk around country lanes linking the villages of Suffield, Silpho and Hackness. It’s a five and a half mile circular, keeping your feet dry during wet, wintry conditions, and providing stunning scenery.

A song thrush uses a stone as an anvil to break through the snails shell.

Country Diary: Joy to hear the song thrush – a breath of spring

Like tiny snowflakes, dancing up and down on invisible threads, a swarm of winter gnats surprised us near Johnson’s Pond, Burniston Road. Look for such swarms in your garden during fine afternoons this winter. They resemble small crane-flies.

A procession heads towards Harpham well for the well dressing ceremony.

Your Day Out: Harpham village – full of history and traditions

Harpham is a delightful village about six miles north-east of Driffield. It’s tucked away about three quarters of a mile to the south of the A614 Bridlington to Driffield road and is easily by-passed, despite being a close neighbour of Burton Agnes, renowned for its stately home.

Male catkins of Hazel dangle on bare leafless twigs.

Country Diary: Awakening from winter’s deep sleep

The hazel blooms in threads of crimson hue,

St Michael and All Angels Church, Barton-le-Street. The church you see today was built in 1870-71, but is probably at least the third church on this ancient site.

Your Day Out: Rewarding experiences

Barton-le-Street is a little, picturesque village about 4.5 miles west of Malton along the B1257 between Malton and Hovingham. It lies on the slopes of the Howardian Hills, overlooking the Vale of Pickering. It’s a treasure easily by-passed, and especially noted for its awe-inspiring church of St Michael and All Angels. It has a fascinating history and contains a unique treasury of late Romanesque sculpture dating from the 1160s.

Barn owls mainly seek rats, mice and voles.

Country Diary: Ghostly white hunters in the night sky

How pleasant is it thus to think and roam

The ice house just off Wykeham Lane which was restored as a community project for the millennium.

Your Day Out: Pastoral views revealed

To the north of Wykeham and Ruston villages lies the extensive Wykeham Forest. Pretty country lanes head towards such forestry, and this easy walk with gentle gradients, can be enjoyed in all weathers.

Gorse still flowers even in the most severe winters.

Country Diary: Shrubs that will brighten a dreary cold winter’s day

When gorse is out of bloom, kissing is out of flower.

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Country Diary: The perils of facing up to a ‘busking’ swan

His breath like silver arrows pierced the air,

A view back along Wykeham Lane.

Your Day Out: Ever-changing scenery

Wykeham is a village about six miles south west of Scarborough along the A170 Scarborough to Pickering road. Now here’s a great walk for the new year, with mostly level ground and ever-changing scenery. Walk, cycle or motor along quiet rural lanes, and go slowly to see more wildlife.

A nuthatch was seen at the bird feeding tables in Forge Valley.

Country Diary: Attractive bird resembles the woodpecker

...fallen leaves,

St Nicholas Church, Grindale.

Your day out: Walk to hail the new year

Here’s another walk to hail the New Year 2017. When it’s wet, windy and weary weather, keep to pleasant country lanes uniting interesting villages.

The tiny church of St Leonard's, Speeton.

Your Day Out: Hard-working community

It’s many years since we were first introduced to Speeton. Our ascent from Speeton Sands up the lofty cliffs resulted in our discovering the tiny, ancient church of St Leonard’s.

Spindle tree revealing its shocking-pink berries.

Country Diary: Discovering a tree of beauty in Yedmandale

No mist, no wind, above, below,

The market cross in Hunmanby, the head of the cross fell in 1860 and destroyed nearby stocks.

Your Day Out: Highlights of historic Hunmanby

Hunmanby is a large, pleasant village just south of Filey, and two miles from the sea. It was once a market town, and part of the old market cross stands near the coaching inn, The White Swan. The name Hunmanby is Danish, said to mean, ‘The Farmstead of the Houndsmen’. Maybe hounds hunted the wolves which infested the Wolds! From Castle Hill, standing beside the headless market cross, imagine days when the market place bustled with activity. The head of the cross fell in 1860, and destroyed nearby stocks. Market fairs were held annually on May 6 and October 29. Close by stands the war memorial over-looking what was once the village green.


Country Diary: Subterranean streamlined earth mover

Bleak winter’s in the wood, The birds have flown,

St John the Baptist Church, Cayton, was built in the 12th century and the squat tower and chancel were added in the 15th century.

Your Day Out: Tour of Cayton’s gems

Cayton lies midway between Scarborough and Filey. It’s about a mile from the A165 coastal road at Cayton Bay. In the late 1830s Cayton had a closely knit community of just under 800 residents. What a contrast to 2016!

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