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

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

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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.

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Kingfishers 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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The smugglers statue with Scarborough harbour in the background.

Walks: Step back in time with this Old Town trail

Step back in time and take a short ‘treasure hunt’ around Scarborough’s ‘living museum’ of a bygone era. This route contains a wealth of interesting features and you’ll discover many more.

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Country Diary: Goodbye to the pageantry of colour

Country Diary: Goodbye to the pageantry of colour

The carnival is over! Nature’s pageantry of colour has been truly spectacular this year. We so often say a final goodbye to autumn leaves around bonfire night.

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View of Falsgrave Park.

Walks: Town walk is a splendid little route

By way of a change from country walks, I hope you enjoy this splendid little town walk, which holds a variety of interesting features. Fine old buildings, ancient wood carvings, and Falsgrave Park and refreshing features seldom observed.

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Butchers broom bearing colourful scarlet berries.

Country Diary: In search of a versatile plant with many uses

Falsgrave used to be an isolated village. From Cambridge Place, the Strawberry Gardens occupied a large area from 1815 to the 1914-18 war. The row of cottages at the far end are remnants of such times.

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Ayton Castle viewed from Castle Lane.

Walks: Ever-changing scenery on a delightful route

This is a delightful and easy to follow route, with ever-changing scenery. It’s just four miles south-west of Scarborough.

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Ripe sweet chestnuts burst from their husks.

Country Diary: Delicious nut to tempt your tastebuds

There appears to have been a reduction in herring gulls lately! Hopefully some of Scarborough’s gull population have now moved inland, as we observed well over 100 in a grassy field beyond Johnson’s Pond. Also present was a solitary heron, several moorhen and wigeon. Wigeon are mainly winter visitors, readily picked out in flight by their conspicuous white wing bar.

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View over Harwood Dale

Walks: A glorious country walk from Harwood Dale

Harwood Dale is a small, straggling village in a pastoral location. Surrounded by woodlands, if you gaze south over the dale you see Broxa Forest. Then when the top of Reasty Bank is reached, there’s a great view across the valley to the North Sea.

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Oak apple galls

Country Diary: Oak galls were a main ingredient of early inks

During recent gales, 11 grey herons had sought shelter along the bank of Johnson’s Pond, just beside Burniston Road.

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Rotunda Museum, Scarborough.

Walks: A beautiful walk along splendid coastline

This beautiful walk of three miles or so, reveals Scarborough’s splendid coastline, spectacular views and magnificent gardens.

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Country Diary: Have you found any Robins’ pin-cushions?

Now that the year is drawing to a close,

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Walks: Ganton - a remote and peaceful place to walk

Walks: Ganton - a remote and peaceful place to walk

The village of Ganton is about nine miles south-west of Scarborough. It’s accessible by private or public transport along the A64 from Staxton roundabout. The bus stop is almost opposite the Ganton Greyhound, from where this walk starts. It stands prominently by the A64, with ample parking in the adjacent lay-by.

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Pale tussock mother caterpillar

Country Diary: A pageantry of colour adorns the countryside

Autumn drifted in with a thickening of mists, fogs and showers, but all is not lost. The absence of frosts has meant Michaelmas daisies, dahlias, geraniums and herbaceous plants paint the borders with a rich palette of colour.

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Filey Dams.

Walks: Take in this fantastic trail around Filey

Filey, with its golden beaches, and golden award from the RHS Britain in Bloom Coastal Resort category, has cause to be proud. Anyone familiar with Filey will be aware of its fantastic floral attributes. Add to this the inestimable work that has been achieved by the Filey Brigg Ornithological Group, formed in 1977, and you have a ‘gem’ on the East Coast of North Yorkshire.

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Stoat

Country Diary: Seldom seen mammal by grass verge

At 6am we’re greeted by the song of a robin, hidden in a nearby tree. Already he’s proclaiming his territory in advance of spring!

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The view over Scarborough Harbour, from the Castle.

Walks: St Mary’s Church and Scarborough Castle

A recent request for short, local walks, reminded me of one we recently enjoyed up Castle Hill. It makes a lovely stroll, with spectacular views over Scarborough’s harbour, and plenty of seats for a rest. Historically, it’s a gem, featuring St Mary’s Church, Scarborough Castle and walls, and Anne Bronte’s grave. The steps will keep you fit, burning of excess calories!

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Rowan berries can be made into a jelly with the addition of crab apple.

Country Diary: Fruits of autumn are now ripe for picking

Autumn is certainly here, with cold snaps, reduced hours of daylight, autumn tints and fallen leaves. Blackberries, although in abundance generally, have suffered once again on a local site. Last year, the council cut the hedgerow just as blackberries were in their prime. This year – no hedge cutting at all, but convolvulus or bindweed, with its large white trumpet-like flowers, has completely enveloped the entire hedge, with very few berries reaching maturity!

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Fran Holah pictured with some varieties of turkey at Filey Bird Garden and Animal Park.

Walk: Filey’s Bird Garden and Animal Park

Have you been away on holiday this year? For once, I stayed at home. I discovered that if you choose favourable days, and visit places you love, life may be equally enjoyable in North Yorkshire.

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