Your Day Out, by Maureen Robinson
Scalby, just to the northern outskirts of Scarborough, along the A171 Scalby Road, provides an excellent starting point for this splendid walk or cycle ride of about 7.5 miles.
It’s easily accessible by public or private transport and is so easy to follow along well sign-posted country lanes. Feeling free to enjoy the route, take advantage of superlative views from the heights.
From the road junction, just beyond Scalby’s tennis courts, turn left off the A171 to enter the east side of Scalby village along the High Street. Halt here to contemplate its history.
Scalby is situated in a vale surrounded by ranges of majestic hills. “Under Queen Victoria’s reign this village flourished as the genteel suburb of Scarborough. Eminent men and women of the time resided or met here, not least JW Rowntree, the Quaker educationalist and cocoa magnate of York. Royalty was entertained at Scalby. Dr Barnado and Lord Baden-Powell were no strangers, and Atkinson Grimshaw painted Yew Court”. Don’t miss Yew Court as you enter High Street. It’s the village’s most notable building, built in 1742 for Captain Ians.
Yew Court has lofty yew trees cut into handsome forms which add to the appearance of this house. Notice the old part of the building facing the High Street. It has distinctive circular gate piers of dressed sandstone. Built at a cost of £60 around 1742 it was considered at that time to have ‘a simple entrance’.
Proceed along High Street passing Scalby Stores, The Plough and Village Stores to turn off right by the Yew Tree Restaurant and Scalby Methodist Hall. Attractive properties are admired as one strolls to a forking of ways. Here, keep left along North Street, with probably just the clip-clop of horses’ hooves to break the silence.
Reaching the ford and duck pond, turn left past Foulsyke Farm and keep ascending. [Beyond Barmoor House is a turning off left which could provide a shorter return route if need be.]
From this height are extensive views to the sea! Reaching cross-roads at Four Lane Ends, keep directly ahead as signed to Harwood Dale.
Fields and wooded hillsides surround you, as ascent is made to Low Moor Farm. About half a mile beyond is Lindhead Bridge, and a delightful wooded area named Lindhead Gorse.
At this junction turn right along Lindhead Road as signed to Burniston. From this pretty lane are glorious views into the valley watered by Lindhead Beck. With farms and sheep grazing nearby, a gentle ascent is made to a 30mph sign. Notice to your right an old, restored lime kiln.
Passing several properties with broad, grassed verges, drop down to the junction of Stone Quarry Road with Limestone Road.
Ascending Limestone Road, one’s attention is diverted to a striking property. Number 80, named Harmony Country Lodge offering accommodation, commands superb views in an idyllic setting.
It’s all uphill as one returns to Four Lane Ends to continue south-west (ie straight ahead). Entering the North York Moors National Park, enjoy Coomboots Brow with woodland to the right elevation, and the valley below.
At the top is a road junction. Here, go left as signed towards Hackness and Scarborough. This is Swang Road, presenting tremendous views to the sea and sailing ships glinting in the sunlight.
Continue by Swang Plantation to take a right-angled bend from where yet more glorious vistas are revealed over Scarborough.
Approaching Suffield, bear left down Hay Brow, high-banked on the right, and it’s all downhill into Scalby. Hay Lane drops down to Low Hall. From here fork left over the road bridge crossing the beck. Passing the church rooms, continue to the parish church of St Laurence standing on a gentle elevation at the western extremity of the village.
In parts, it is the oldest building in Scalby. Snowdrops spread a mantle of snowy whiteness across the churchyard from January through March. These are followed by a galaxy of spring flowers.
Returning along the High Street, allow time to savour the village’s delights, including wrapped ice cream, enrobed in rich chocolate, or white chocolate for a change!
Distance: 7.5 miles of easy country lanes.
Refreshment: A selection of inns, shops, and the Yew Tree Restaurant etc.
NB This route traces a figure of eight.
l The brief quotation regarding Scalby village is from Alan Whitworth’s Tales, ‘The Story of Scalby and its Residents’.