Your Day Out: Stimulating cliff-top stroll

Sewerby Hall and Gardens
Sewerby Hall and Gardens

The East Coast has many attractive features, and the fine half-moon shaped Bridlington Bay is breath-taking. A pleasant, easy cliff-top stroll from Sewerby Park, or Bridlington, to Danes Dyke and back beside the golf course is stimulating in all seasons.

If you commence this walk from Sewerby, just north of Bridlington, you can complete the two-mile circular route as outlined, and have time to explore Sewerby Hall and gardens too. Or you can extend the walk towards Bridlington to make a four-mile route in all.

From Bridlington, access is along the B1255 road towards Flamborough, turning right along the Bridlington-Sewerby Road down Church Lane.

Start. Passing the church to your left, park on a lay-by opposite a bus shelter near Main Street. Cross Main Street; pass Sewerby Lodge off left, and walk down Seagate to The Ship Inn. Turn right in front of the inn and first left down Sea Gate View, and simply head to the cliff top path! Turn left to follow the cliff edge to Danes Dyke, just one mile.

To your left are Sewerby grounds and orangery, with the hall situated in a dramatic cliff-top location, set in 50 acres of parkland with spectacular views. With award-winning gardens; a permanent Amy Johnson exhibition in the hall, and a short film of her life, and art exhibitions, there’s something for everyone.

Visit the zoo with its animals and birds and new attraction named Mickey, the micro-pig. Walk through the aviary to see some endangered species of birds, and admire the gardens with varieties of trees and flowers. Children will love the adventure playground, while adults may prefer to try their skills on the bowling green, or pitch and putt. With something for everyone, Sewerby Park is a must either before or after your walk.

To continue the walk first, follow the grassy track near the cliff edge, and then keep to the perimeter of the golf course. Do observe warning signs: ‘Beware dangerous cliffs’. You soon have spectacular views of the gleaming white chalk cliffs which are noted for being rich in fossils - especially fine specimens of sponges.

At Danes Dyke your path swings inland alongside the ravine.

This great earthwork is about 18ft high and 2.5 miles in length. It’s believed to be about 3,000 years old.

Meeting a path, turn left along the edge of woodland, and at a junction of paths turn left as directed back to Sewerby, one mile away. Please keep to the footpath, and shortly you pass a pill box to your left. Beyond, magnificent views extend over Bridlington Bay. To your right lies the bowling pavilion and a cricket ground off left as you approach Sewerby Hall grounds. The hall dates from 1714. The Graeme family lived here and extended it in 1808. They landscaped the grounds which contain monkey puzzle trees said to be the oldest in England. The hall has an art gallery and museum. The Amy Johnson collection has a display of mementoes of the pioneer airwoman from Hull.

Reaching a hut, turn left towards details indicating a scenic train ride between Sewerby Hall and Limekiln Lane, Bridlington. From here, make your way back to the Ship Inn, which is to your far right, and your return route to Church Lane.

Your two-mile circular walk ends here, but why not continue to enjoy an easy extension to your route?

No visit to Sewerby is complete without a ride on the land train. This train runs every half hour from 10.30am to 4.30pm between Sewerby and Bridlington. It gives visitors the chance to appreciate the dramatic clifftop views.

The train terminal is reached near Limekiln Lane, with public conveniences close by. Now you can enjoy a return route along the cliff, keeping beside the shrubbed incline. Seats provide seaward views as you make your way via Sea Gate View. Then turn right to the Ship Inn, and go left to your point of departure.

Distances: Two miles or four miles - your choice.

Refreshment: The Ship Inn, Sewerby Park, and several cafes en route or take a picnic.

Special events at Sewerby Hall: Morris Minor Rally (August 21), Big Picnic (August 21), and East Yorkshire Thoroughbred Car Rally (August 28).