by Maureen Robinson
One of our most treasured routes for sheer, unspoilt beauty is found between Hackness and through Troutsdale to Snainton. There’s no wonder that North Yorkshire is now renowned as the Garden of England.
Whether you choose to go by car, motorcycle, bicycle or even walk, you can’t fail to be deeply moved by its special appeal. Troutsdale is a treasure lying roughly south-west of Langdale End. Both Troutsdale and Rosekirk Dale Fens were given the status of Site of Special and Scientific Interest (SSSI) in 1984.
Route: Travelling from Scarborough, take the A171 Scalby Road to Newby, and turn left at The Rosette Inn to Scalby village.
Ascend Hay Lane to Suffield and descend into Hackness village. Passing St Peter’s Church, go over the bridge and turn left to a road junction near the village hall. Turn right towards Hackness Grange Hotel, seen to your left.
Before reaching Langdale End, seek a sign to your left off Broxa Lane. This is Estell Lane leading to Troutsdale and Snainton.
Keep to this lane and savour a country scene of colour, charm and simplicity. This single-track lane reveals new vistas around every corner. Fields and forests, moors and marshes, sheep and cattle are punctuated only by the occasional farmstead, lodge, road-bridge or cattle grid. Look out for a ruined chapel to your left and then Troutsdale Lodge to the right.
Watch out for pheasants as you negotiate bends and a roller-coaster of a road towards Rock House Farm and Troutsdale Moor. At the foot of the hill is the old mill, followed by a steep ascent to a cattle grid.
Meeting a road junction, turn left as signed to Snainton 3.5 miles. Just ahead you reach Cockmoor Hall car park. This may be a picnic stop?
Beyond the next cattle grid, a fabulous view extends over fields as your drive continues along Station Lane. It’s straight and direct, facing the Yorkshire Wolds to the southern horizon.
Passing several farms, Nettledale Lane leads past a disused quarry and drops down into Snainton village. The Peacock Hotel is sited conveniently at the corner.
Meeting the A170 Pickering road, turn left to return to Scarborough.
Travelling along the A170, which links several pretty villages, take time to explore each in turn. There’s so much to see in Brompton, with Cayley’s workshop on the roadside opposite the interesting information board a good starting place. The key may be obtained from Brompton Hall close by.
Don’t miss the church overlooking the lake. It’s where William Wordsworth married Mary Hutchinson. The stained glass windows are remarkable.
January and February reveal carpets of snowdrops and aconites at Brompton Low Hall, and the crystal-clear streams are often frequented by ducks.
Wykeham’s Downe Arms has some popular walks in the vicinity, and just off the adjacent lane, a sign clearly indicates the site of a restored ice house. This restoration was a Millennium project undertaken by Wykeham and Ruston residents and volunteers, along with the walkway along the disused railtrack. Visit the local church, along with its several eating places. The Wykeham Tea Rooms and Gift Shop is a popular venue.
Hutton Buscel, with its three access lanes off the main road, is delightful. Perched on the hilltop, its stone-built properties and farms seem detached from the pace of modern life. Seek peace in the church, and wander along the pastoral lanes.
Crossing the stone road-bridge from West to East Ayton, you may seek the old mill, and feed the dabbling ducks, or discover the weir, to the right of the main road.
Returning to Falsgrave and Scarborough, with a pot pourri of memories, it’s the little treasures tucked away from the speeding traffic you’ll long remember.
Distance of route: 23 miles approximately (direct route)
Refreshment: Inns and cafes, restaurants and fish and chips along the A170 return route.