Scenic rural ramble

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Written by Maureen Robinson

This delightful walk of only three and a half miles may prove ideal for all the family, and it is just on the outskirts of Scalby village near Scarborough.

This scenic rural route is punctuated by farms, and children will love the livestock, with horses, cattle and sheep en route.

Access from Scarborough is along Scalby Road through Newby and Scalby as far as Barmoor Lane. Turn right off here as signed towards Suffield, Hackness, Harewood Dale and Wrea Head Country Hotel.

Follow Barmoor Lane to fork off left to Coomboots Brow near the brow of the hill to reach crossroads beyond a ‘Give Way’ sign. The walk starts from here. If you have private transport please ensure you park without causing any inconvenience to farmers or residents.

Start. From the crossroads keep straight ahead to pass Beacon Cottage Farm on the left – better known as Beacon Works – Brian Thompson Contractors. Your route heads north-west along Beacon Brow Road – an elevation providing extensive views over spectacular scenery.

Beyond Brian Thompson’s, a series of wooded hillocks feature to your left which are named as Noddles and Brows. Beacon Farm off right may have a horse close by, whilst sheep and cattle graze the surrounding meadows.

Your track rises gently to reveal open rural views. Ignore any waymarked deviation left which turns off to Flockrake Noddle etc, but remain on the track towards Silpho Brow Farm, which is seen on the horizon. In late summer and autumn, goldfinches may be noted feeding on seeding thistle heads. Wooden fencing to your right leads past Silpho Brow Farm’s access. Halt! From this point you’ll observe a public bridleway arrow (blue), indicating a turn off right to Kirkless Farm. (Usually we continue half a mile beyond to the next farm, but for a change we recommend this route.)

Keep the farm to your right as you follow the bristle-track heading generally north-east. Post and wire fencing and hedging are to the right boundary, and in summer drifts of harebells dance on delicate stems. House martins darted after insects when we visited the area.

Pass through an open gateway, and keep to the hedged side of the field. At the far end, enter a way-marked gate and continue past woodland to the left. A narrow path leads to the next gate, which opens into a field hedged to the left. Gently descend to another way-marked gate! Beyond, follow right hedging alongside a field of clover. The narrow path heads towards a farm.

At the foot of the field, leave by a farmgate opening onto a lane. Across the lane is Brook Cottage, and to the left features Kirkless Farm. A tumulus is in a privately-owned field nearby.

Turn right along the lonely lane, shortly accompanied by the rippling beck beside woodland. Meeting Lindhead Road at the junction, near Lindhead Bridge, turn right as signed: ‘Scalby 2.5 miles’. This lane climbs out of the valley, and after about half a mile, Low Moor Farm is admired to the right, with splendid green verges and attractive approach. Another half mile to the brow of the hill returns you to the crossroads named Four Lane Ends. There, turn right as to Suffield, and your uphill route quickly reaches the crossroads near Brian Thompson’s, and your departure point.

Distance: 3.5 miles approximately. Allow 1.5 hours.

Refreshments: None at all along the route, so take a picnic. A good selection of cafes, restaurants and inns in Scalby and Newby.

NB Sheep and cattle in fields are fenced in, so no worries!

Please close all gates as requested, and leash any dogs when approaching farmland.

Driving and Rambling On

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