Your Day Out: Explore picturesque Sinnington

Take a break beside the River Seven and enjoy the views towards the village of Sinnington.
Take a break beside the River Seven and enjoy the views towards the village of Sinnington.

Sinnington is a village two or three miles west of Pickering just off the A170 Scarborough to Kirkbymoorside road. On the village green is a high maypole, and along the west side of the green flows the River Seven. Visit the church, with Saxon fragments in its walls; see the old tithe barn – now the Hall, and view the attractive village hall. Lovely walks abound in the area, and the inn provides welcome refreshment. From the stone bridge over the river, the village presents a most picturesque appearance.

Access, by private or public transport (bus no.128), is along the A170, turning off as signed to Sinnington. Immediately you enter, seek to the left walling, Sinnington pinfold dated c1700 and restored 1997.

We coincided our visit with the fading beauty of daffodils flanking river banks and green, whilst a blackbird midst a cherry tree greeted us with his beautiful flute-like song.

Elmsall House Farm, and The Poplars, along with stone cottages lined the street. The Fox and Hounds Country Inn on the right formed the hub of the community, with its Black Sheep Brewery and seating for alfresco dining.

The bus shelter and public telephone were well sited on the edge of the immaculate village green, behind which featured the Methodist Chapel, and nearby the Old Post Office.

A brief deviation left, over the stone bridge and river graced by weeping willows, presented a peaceful scene of handsome properties, and a beehive at Wyndings. Take a photo from the bridge before returning to the green, where once goats would graze.

Do you see the little ‘dry’ bridge, which seems to serve no useful purpose? It continues to arouse discussion as to its original purpose. One family was using it for their lunchtime picnic!

The 18th century road bridge spans the river, but the village was severed and by-passed by the building of the A170 road in the 1930s.

The maypole on the green had to be replaced because of rot. You’ll see it is surmounted by a weathervane in the form of a fox, for the hunt was reputed to be one of the oldest in the country.

Some old customs still exist, whilst other traditions fade with time. The mell supper, held in the autumn, was guaranteed to be much enjoyed by all who attended.

Wander beside the River Seven, here flowing from Rosedale into the plain. With its houses beside the long green, and the wooded hill behind, the villagers must be delighted that the new road has ensured the village retains its quiet way of life.

At the top of the green features a most attractive village hall. From the Bridge View go right up a narrow lane, as signed to The Hall and Church.

The ancient All Saints’ Church on the hilltop, is said to have been built by either the last of the Saxons or first of the Normans. It’s a compilation of styles, first built during the 12th century. Walk around the exterior, and you’ll discern many carved Saxon stones in its rough walls. We found the head of a Saxon cross with a crucifixion, and another with knotwork in the nave wall. An old coffin lid forms part of a window nearby. The chancel arch is part of the original church, and the blocked north doorway may be as old. Step inside to see the font, by the 12th century Normans, along with a piscina; the west doorway with a stoup beside it, and the south doorway over which a stone was carved with a horseman.

Leaving the church, take a look at the building close by, just across the road from the church. A tithe barn was built there, and is designated an ancient monument, being almost as old as the church. It was later used as a barn, and is now named The Hall. It has windows of the 13th and 15th centuries set in walls dating to about 1200, probably built by the canons of Guisborough who had a house here. Later, it was used as a private chapel by the Latimers. One Latimer fought at Falkirk, and one at Bannockburn. John was the second husband of Catherine Parr, before she became the last wife of Henry VIII - and his lucky widow!

Take a look at the old stable door. Just to the left grows a fine little fig tree with many figs maturing.

You’ll spot several intriguing bridleways and public footpaths to follow from Sinnington. Enjoy a good walk and complete your day with a meal or drink at the Fox and Hounds Country Inn, beside the village green.

Have a great day out, and scenic drive home, whether by your own transport, or by bus. If you have a bus pass, do use it to Sinnington village.

Distance: Just as long as you wish to make it.

Refreshment: The Fox and Hounds Inn, or take a picnic.

Transport: The no.128 Scarborough - Pickering- Kirkbymoorside bus service.