Written by Maureen Robinson
Boynton is a pretty village set in wooded surroundings three miles west of Bridlington.
From Scarborough take the A165 Bridlington road to The Dotterel pub, and go via Grindale over the rolling Wolds.
Boynton is possibly best noted for its association with turkeys. Here, in Boynton’s farming community lived William Strickland during the 16th century. Employed as cabin boy aboard Sebastian Cabot’s ship, his thirst for adventure materialised in America.
Cabot traded with some friendly Indians, and in exchange for goods received some turkeys! William Strickland cared for them during the return voyage, and upon arrival in England, he was given the birds as a gift. Finding a ready market for them, he made further trips and amassed quite a fortune.
By 1549 he became the local squire of a large house and estate; became knighted, and gave the turkey pride of place on his coat of arms!
Start. Park in the vicinity of the crossroads from where this interesting walk begins, ie near 12 Smithy Cottage, which was the old blacksmith’s shop.
Leaving Boynton Village North, and Grindale behind you, follow the road to Boynton Village South, passing an old village pump, Boynton Village Hall, and a row of chalk cottages.
Take the bridleway to the right just before the church is reached. Noting a gatepost bearing two waymark arrows, follow the blue bridleway arrow straight ahead. This track passes through woodland, and crosses the Gypsey Race. Pause at the footbridge, and scan the fields for herons.
Approaching the farm, keep hedging to the right and continue up a rough farm track, passing houses to the left. Ascending the lane, a fine feature is a row of walnut trees! These give way to pine and larch. To your distant left is Bridlington Priory.
Meeting Woldgate (on the outskirts of Sands Wood), cross the road and continue straight ahead. Across arable land to your left, Carnaby Temple is observed. A pleasant, tree-lined route is followed, which forms an impressive long, straight ‘tunnel’ opening into a minor road.
Turn left along the road, and Carnaby Industrial Estate is seen in the distance. From the brow of the hill, round the bends into Carnaby.
To your left features the Parish Church of St John the Baptist. Sited on a hill it rises above the village. It dates back to 1148 or thereabouts, but has undergone some restoration work.
Descend the elevated path down Church Lane. Stop at the gate and railings of Hill Farm. Turn sharp left before reaching the main road to Hull and York. Stroll up this narrow lane, passing Temple House on the left.
Continue up the road and seek a bridleway sign which directs you onwards. Passing Temple Farm on your left, head for Carnaby Temple straight ahead. Here stands one of Humberside’s few great follies, often called Temple of the Winds.
It was built in 1770 by Sir George Strickland of nearby Boynton Hall, and is said to be, “an interpretation of the famous Temple of Winds which stands in Athens”.
The red-bricked tower is said to have possibly been built as a look-out tower, but was used in the Second World War for military purposes. Octagonal in structure, it is two storeys high. A domed roof is capped by an octagonal lantern, all the arched windows were blocked to prevent vandalism. It remains an impressive structure set amidst open fields extending towards the sea.
Keep straight on across agricultural land, with a line of electricity posts to the left. Exit the field, and cross Woldgate to pick up the bridle path as arrowed. This necessitates a trek across arable land in a direct line with a distant row of tall trees.
Keep electricity posts to your right. Reaching the trees, an arrowed post directs you along a track with tall trees and hedging to your right.
From the corner of the field, Boynton Hall may be viewed beyond the fencing. Lying a quarter of a mile south-east of Boynton Church, it was built by William Strickland who died in 1598.
Follow the line of trees to negotiate a way-marked exit. Cross the field and take an exit into a narrow lane.
Turn right past the farm towards the hall, and go first left along a lane beside a crenelated structure.
Cross the Gypsey Race once more, and turn left beside the Race for a brief section before turning right at the next track to return to Boynton.
Do visit St Andrew’s Church with its late 14th century tower. It has monuments of the Strickland family, and a lovely lectern in the form of a turkey. It marks the introduction of the bird into England by Sir William Strickland.
Distance: Approximately 4 miles.
Refreshments: I suggest you take a picnic.
Map reference: Ordnance Survey Explorer 301 (recommended), Scarborough, Bridlington and Flamborough Head; scale 1:25000, 2½ inches to 1 mile.