by Maureen Robinson
This very pleasant, pastoral walk of five miles visits two delightful villages. Gristhorpe and Muston lie in the shadow of the Wolds about a couple of miles inland from Filey.
Take the A165 Scarborough to Filey Road, turning off at the roundabout as signed to Gristhorpe. Travelling by bus, take the bus service 120 or 121. From the roundabout, turn as signed to Gristhorpe. Pass a sign indicating ‘bends’ and turn left to find The Bull Inn from where this walk starts.
Start. Walk in front of the inn to discover, near a public telephone, St Thomas’ Church of corrugated iron! Opposite is the war memorial. Main Street is lined by attractive cottages on raised embankments, grassed verges and gardens are immaculate. A seat outside 15 reads: ‘Come sit for a while and enjoy our lovely village’. Beyond is 10 Manor Farm House, dated 1747.
Reaching Dovecote Close swing left with the lane. This is your route to the railway line, along Station Lane. Passing Field House to your right go over the level crossing and ahead there used to be MAP mushroom farm, but times have changed. The farm road leads to Magdalen Grange Farm midst open, level agricultural land. Reaching the first farm building, turn right along the grassy bridleway and swing left behind farm buildings. Pass the far barn and follow the farm track to pass beneath electricity wires. The grassy track crosses open fields. Immediately before a concrete bridge, turn left along a bridleway to enjoy a delightful section along the bank of the River Hertford. What a joy to discover a well-maintained path through the luxurious vegetation and wild flowers. Follow the river bank to the end of a field where the river winds away to the right. At the end of a cornfield, enter a gate and follow a grassy path hedged to the right. Meadow grasses and clover are to the left. Enter a yellow arrowed kissing gate and follow a meadow footpath. At the far end enter another kissing gate. Follow a field of mown hay. At the end of the field, drop down to a broken gate. Pass through into a field of hay and cut across to a concrete foot bridge spanning the River Hertford. Cross the footbridge and go straight ahead to a kissing gate. Bearing left along a track, continue to a kissing gate beside a field gate leading into Muston village.
Turn left past Muston Lodge House dated 1752. West Street features the Ship Inn where you may welcome refreshment!
Feeling refreshed, walk along the road towards Filey for about 50 paces seeking a property number 2. Halt! Immediately beyond turn left through a wooden gate. A flag-stoned public footpath leads between fencing to a kissing gate opening into a church-yard. Leave by a metal gate, which returns you to the roadside. Turn left and seek a tree ahead planted to commemorate the Coronation of HM King George VI on May 12, 1939.
At a sharp bend in the road, veer left and continue towards a triangular green. You pass the remains of a cruck house dated BB1724.
Muston is renowned for its annual Scarecrow Festival with over 100 scarecrows on display from this area, and the entire length of Muston! This year it takes place from July 26 to August 3.
From the green, turn left as signed to the village hall. This is Carr Lane. The village hall commands an elevated site off right. From number 8 (with a bee-hive at the gate), a rough farm track continues. Pass farm buildings on your right, and reaching a forking of tracks bear right and go straight on. Pass a metal gate to the right of your grassy track, hedged either side. Keep straight ahead in line with electricity posts, with hedging to the right, and sheep beyond.
Cross a ditch and continue by cornfields, hedged to the right. Enter a metal kissing gate in the right corner of hedging and cross a wooden footbridge. Keep glancing left for extensive views towards the Wolds.
Your route maintains its general direction north-west towards Gristhorpe, with a further three waymarked kissing gates and a sturdy metal footbridge to access.
At the far end, a gentle ascent up a bank of clover and you meet a metal handgate. Stop, look, listen before crossing the rail-track. Leave by a metal gate and enter a wooden kissing gate.
A peaceful scene of sheep grazing follows, with thistles to the right. At the far end, your rough track accompanies post and wire fencing and hedging to the right. A gentle ascent to a farmgate and wooden kissing gate, before your final steps to Gristhorpe! A track of white clover takes you to a hand-gate opening into the village.
Turning right along the lane, re-trace the steps of your outward route, and seek a cottage dated 1648 to your right. Take time to admire more of this pretty village, before ending your day with refreshment at The Bull Inn!
Distance: 5 miles approximately. Easy level walking. Well-maintained – no stiles, all kissing gates. River Hertford embankment much improved since our visit 22 years ago! Allow 2½ hours approx.
Map ref: OS Explorer 301 - Scarborough, Bridlington and Flamborough Head. Scale 2½ inches to 1 mile.
Refreshment: Muston’s Ship Inn and Gristhorpe’s Bull Inn.