Written by Maureen Robinson
The twin villages of Muston and Hunmanby feature on this pleasant and historically interesting route, which uses the Centenary Way as a link.
The walk starts from Muston village, nearly two miles inland from Filey, and just off the A165 as signed.
Upon entering Muston, park as convenient, and continue down the main street beside white, and colour-tinted cottages. Mount View provides a grassy island, and on the corner of the bend stands the Cross Keys, which ceased to be an inn many years ago.
The school house is to your left, before the road bridge spans the river. Muston is situated at the foot of the Wolds in a hollow, where the River Hertford wanders to join the River Derwent, and then flows into the Humber. In spring, daffodils dance on the embankment.
Over the bridge stands All Saints Church, which retains a font dating back to the 12th century.
Continue along King Street into West Street to the one remaining inn – The Ship Inn. Here turn left into Hunmanby Street and observe a medieval cross at the road junction. Cottages dated 1736 are to your left. Just past Bank House and Bank Farm is the Methodist Church.
Ascending Hunmanby Street, your footpath crosses to the opposite verge. It winds up the steep hill known as Heatherstay, or Heathersta – a point of rest for the pall-bearers of bygone days. Until Muston had its own graveyard in 1928, burials took place in Hunmanby!
On the hill-top is an electric sub-station. From this height to the left horizon is the base of a brick windmill tower. The first miller recorded was 1341, and the last was in 1913.
In the early 19th century, Muston and Yedingham drainage scheme was organised, with a view to draining the peaty carr-land along the Vale of Pickering. Farmers paid rent to this scheme. Certainly March 1999 will be another year long remembered for its extensive floods!
Passing Muston service reservoir, Hunmanby is entered along the Muston Road. Reaching cross-roads, turn left into the village. During early times, wolves roamed the Wolds, and hounds may have been kept here for hunting them.
Descending Castle Hill, the Parish Church of All Saints is prominently sited on elevated ground. Admiral’s Arch was erected to the memory of Admiral Mitford. Linger in the market place in an atmosphere of bygone days, admiring old houses and cottages. Osgodby House and Denmark House bear crests which denote former estate ownership.
The White Swan Inn was a well-known hostelry in coaching days. The market place once bustled with activity, and market fairs were held annually on May 6 and October 29. See the headless market cross near the war memorial, behind which is the Methodist Church.
Unless you wish to shop in Bridlington Street, turn left between rounded pillars beside Admiral Arch, and Church Walk leads peacefully alongside Wrangham House, which used to be the old vicarage and then became Wrangham House Hotel.
At the far end enter Stonegate, turning right to admire a row of chalk cottages typical of old Hunmanby.
Beyond Bowling Green Lane one arrives at the Horseshoe Inn, the site of where once stood a blacksmith’s shop. Close by is Elm Tree House which was a day school in the 19th century, run by Misses Bryan. Can you find a Victorian postbox set in the wall?
Reaching the road junction with Sheepdyke Lane, ie to Hunmanby Gap, allow time to see the Pinfold. It’s built of seashore cobbles on Pinfold Green. Here would be impounded straying cattle. The adjacent lock-up, dated 1834 – The Black Hole contained disorderly men and women!
Turning left along Outgaits Lane, continue to its farthest bend (ie where it sweeps left into Northgate). Here, leave the lane and turn right along the Centenary Way towards North Moor Farm. Then with the farm boundary to your left proceed along a distinct path through a series of fields, keeping beside the right hedge-line.
Meeting the road at the junction of the A165 and A1039 turn left towards a garage and pet supplies centre. Here turn left as indicated: Muston ¼ mile and Malton 25 miles to return to your departure point.
Distance: 4.25 miles.
Refreshment: Muston – The Ship Inn; Hunmanby – inns, cafes and shop available.