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

033072a in B25 25/7 pics AH 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

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.

Take the A171 Scarborough to Whitby road, and just past the Scarborough Hospital, and prominent college is Lady Edith’s Drive.

Easy route Enjoy this grand five-mile route of easy walking with firm footpaths

Start from the junction of Lady Edith’s Drive with Scalby Road. Follow the tree-lined footpath with grassed verges along the drive. Beyond a school, you’ll see Throxenby Hall set in extensive grounds to your right. Take care as you negotiate bends, in case of speeding vehicles along here! Shortly, there before you lies Throxenby Mere!

Leave the road at this point. Sit and admire the view from the picnic site, and maybe feed any wildfowl. Walk towards the woodland, but bear right immediately to enjoy a secluded board-walk beside the mere away from the traffic. At its northern extremity, access Low Road near an island of trees, and cross with care into Red Scar Lane.

From the brow of the hill, magnificent views extend across the Sea Cut towards the hamlet of Scalby Nabs and Hay Brow. Continue down Red Scar Lane, with time to view scenery from a well-placed seat ahead. The undulating road passes the end of Red Scar Drive, before levelling as it approaches Moor Lane junction.

Turn left as indicated to Hackness. Walk along Hackness Road and cross Scalby Bridge spanning the Sea Cut. You may be lucky enough to glimpse a darting kingfisher. Follow the railed ditch, pass a tall monkey puzzle tree and take the wooden footbridge over the beck. [If a tall pink-purple flower is in bloom, it’s Himalayan balsam, or policeman’s helmet. It has a sweet fragrance and helmet-like flower.] Just upstream, reach the stone bridge and village green.

Turn right up Church Hill, passing the old school dated AD 1861. It’s now Scalby Church Rooms. Just beyond, elevated from the road, in St Laurence’s Church – the oldest building in Scalby. A picturesque lychgate provides access to the churchyard.

From the vicarage is a fine avenue of lime trees named the 12 apostles. Pass the end of Low Street, and sheltered by beech hedging is a resting place beneath a sycamore tree beside a fountain. This was erected by parishioners of Scalby to commemorate the diamond jubilee of Queen Victoria on June 20, 1897. Keep straight ahead at cross-roads. The Nag’s Head to your right is the oldest pub in the village. To your left is the Yew Tree Cafe. Well recommended for refreshment! Across the road at public toilets, along with The Plough, The Gatehouse, and Scalby Stores along High Street.

Approaching Scalby Road, pause beside Yew Tree Court. Built in 1742 this gracious building is dominated by six tall yew trees to each side of an impressed gateway. Notice the windows in the gateway? Food used to be passed through these to nuns travelling from Bridlington Priory to Whitby Abbey.

Cross Scalby Road with care, and proceed along Station Road. Keep to the footpath alongside the tennis courts. Beyond beech hedging and post box, turn first right down Chichester Close. Flats are to either side, but at the far end, a public footpath leads behind a bungalow and between railed barriers onto a railway path. Follow this cinder track through a housing development beneath a bridge, past a golf course and under a road bridge.

From the road bridge at Cross Lane, a good track continues. It skirts garden boundary fences and soon passes school playing fields to your left, and football fields off right. Allotments are later viewed to the far right.

Beyond the field boundary, turn right beside railings for about 12 paces, and turn left onto the broad railway track. Elevated flats to your right overlook the cemetery.

Pass under the road bridge ahead and turn immediately right past a small recreation area into Woodland Ravine. Remain on the attractive tree-lined walk frequented by grey squirrels. Reaching Scalby Road, turn right across an island of trees. Pass in front of the previous St Catherine’s Hospice onto the quieter section of Scalby Road, which returns you to your starting point.

Distance: 5 miles. Terrain, very good throughout.

Refreshment: Nag’s Head and Yew Tree Cafe etc in Scalby village.

Public toilets: Opposite Yew Tree Cafe in Scalby’s High Street.

Access: By private or public transport along Scalby Road. Bus numbers: 15, 115, 93A.

Library Reference: Past copies of walks’ booklets, ‘Walkabout’ and ‘Rural Rambles’, may be used for reference. At the far end of The Scarborough Room – right hand-side, in an A5 box.

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