Walks: Muston - Hunmanby Lock-up - Centenary Way

The twin villages of Muston and Hunmanby feature on this pleasant and historically interesting route which uses the Centenary Way as a link.


Country Diary: Ornithologists on lookout for handsome bird

Guess what? Whilst driving through Brompton village past the church, a small party of ornithologists were seen gazing intently at trees in the churchyard. What had caught their attention? Hawfinches! These handsome, rare birds are seldom seen high in tree tops, but this year has produced some large flocks in Yorkshire. The massive bill and rather short tail give the hawfinch a most distinctive silhouette.

Shepherd's Purse

Country Diary: Nutritional value of pesky garden weed

At the closing of January, several ‘spring’ flowers were in bloom – even a couple of hyacinths in the border. Beside garden walls were short stalks of the well-known ‘weed’, shepherd’s purse’. At the tips bloomed tiny, four-petalled white flowers. Down the stem were many heart-shaped seed cases. These remind one of the purses, or pouches hung from belts in the olden days, and especially worn by shepherds. At ground level is a rosette of pale green leaves. They contain vitamin C and are rich in calcium, sodium and sulphur, and make a rather spicy vegetable. Their aromatic flavour resembles cress, and if chopped may be placed in sandwiches and salads. Dried leaves make a peppery flavouring for soups and stews. So – if it’s a garden pest and you can’t beat it – eat it!

View towards Brompton from Foulbridge Lane, Snainton.

Walks: Visit the villages of Brompton and Snainton

Lying in the valley of the River Derwent, midway between Scarborough and Pickering on the A170, is the village of Brompton. Nestled between the North York Moors and the Yorkshire Wolds, it has been associated with the Cayley family for over 450 years.

A male stonechat flies in to settle on a gorse bush.

Country Diary: Rare visitor is spotted at Throxenby Mere

Surprise, Surprise! With exceptionally cold, and icy conditions, we drove around our local lakes and meres, and to our delight observed a bird swimming alone – quite a distance from ducks such as mallard and tufted at Throxenby Mere.

View looking across to Ganton Hall.

Walks: A stimulating winter walk along the Wolds Way

Ideal winter walking! Try this stimulating, toe-twinkling nine-miler. With country lanes and Wolds Way to follow, the route couldn’t be easier.

Greater-spotted woodpecker

Country Diary: Handsome bird loves the fat balls

One of the joys of country walking in winter when the sky is grey as pewter, and a thick drizzly fog clings to your clothes with a biting chill that penetrates your bones, is the pleasure of home-coming! That longed-for cup of tea that sends a warming surge of life through your numbed extremities, and that easy pair of slippers make life worth living once more.

Nunburnholme Wold looking across Great Dug Dale.

Walks: Wander the valleys around Warter village

The village of Warter provides excellent walks of varying lengths. This walk may be either two miles or four miles. It’s quite a gentle walk along the roads and valleys around Warter.

Hard winters can be murderous for little wrens.

Country Diary: A bit of grated cheese can save wrens’ lives

Having recently filled a couple of containers with peanuts and fat balls at Seamer Road mere site, we wondered how they were faring. Would local birds have discovered their extra food supply? We’re pleased to say they had, and the chief visitors were a variety of tits and a chaffinch. Good news will spread!

Track leading down to Cans Dale.

Walks: A splendid walk on the Yorkshire Wolds

The Yorkshire Wolds provide splendid walking, and it’s like being in another world. Woodland and dales, hills and villages, are all imbued with soft light and clear air. As the Yorkshire Wolds are composed of chalk, any rainwater is absorbed rapidly, helping the land dry out very quickly. Conditions underfoot are seldom wet for long.


Country Diary: Enjoy the outdoors and forget those winter blues

Spring is in the air! It may be only January and in the bleak mid-winter, but nature moves on.

Thatched cottages in the village of Warter, East Yorkshire.

Walks: Warter wonderful day out at scenic village

It can be quite exciting visiting new places, and a complete change of scenery. The Yorkshire Wolds, the northern most outcrop of chalk that runs through England from Dorset, sweep in a wide arc across the East Riding of Yorkshire, from the Humber to Flamborough Head. The Wolds present a vast expanse of undulating farmland, and steep-sided dry valleys, with small villages and fine stone churches.

Robins will display their red breasts vigorously to any intruders.

Country Diary: Friendly bird who is highly territorial

“The north wind doth blow, and we shall have snow,

Holly with its glowing red berries and ivy climbing up a tree.

Country Diary: Sprigs of holly and ivy bring Christmas joy

The holly and the ivy,

View over Scarborough's North Bay.

Walks: Stride out for a grand, bracing walk

Wet weather? Feeling cold and miserable? The best tonic is a brisk walk in lovely surroundings along good, firm ground which is level throughout.

A turnstone ready to feast on a bed of mussels.

Country Diary: Bird often found on rocky coasts and mussel beds

.... “Mist is steeping

View across Sandybed allotments and town, from track leading to Harland Mount Nature Reserve.

Walks: Easy-going walk on Scarborough’s outskirts

Scarborough is fortunate in having many green areas on the very outskirts of the town, for quiet relaxation. This short walk is easy-going, but best appreciated in dry weather.

Male tufted duck

Country Diary: Gallery visit – one of week’s hightlights

A recent highlight? Undoubtedly Robert Fuller’s wildlife gallery at Thixendale.

Peasholm Park

Walks: A scenic stroll through parks and gardens

From the centre of Scarborough, this short walk encompasses parks, gardens and an eye-catching windmill. Start at the railway station between Westborough and Valley Bridge Road.

Kingfisher's are especially vocal in spring and autumn.

Country Diary: Shy bird that is often located by its shrill call

“Looking for great crested newts?” I jokingly enquired of a couple, gazing intently with binoculars over the muddy bed of a drained area of the lake near the Open Air Theatre. No, they were seeking a pair of kingfishers in a willow tree. Apparently three days of observation out of five recently, had proved successful. Yes, they were present, but we must wait. It’s a shy bird, and is often first located by its call. Some move to sheltered coasts in winter.

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