Written by Maureen Robinson
Easter Island is an isolated volcanic island in the Pacific. It lies 2,300 miles west of Chile, and was discovered on Easter Sunday, 1722. It’s noted for the remains of an aboriginal culture, which includes gigantic stone figures.
Now should you be a resident or visitor to Scarborough, you may enjoy a similar experience just north of Scarborough, to the east of the A171 Scalby Road.
Access to the starting point of this short, fascinating walk, is by private or public transport only as far as Woodland Ravine. There are several bus services to this point, including numbers 5, 6, 13, 14, 15 and 93 or 93a.
Start from the junction of Woodland Ravine with Scalby Road. Head north-west along Scalby Road, passing a gate and ascending steps to Smart Homes. Bear immediately right along the old Scalby Road, passing St Luke’s Crescent to your left and then go immediately right up Woodland Grove.
Take the second turning right up Gildercliff, rounding a bend and continuing between grassed verges and properties.
Reaching a slight dip in the road with a recreation area to your left, turn immediately right to reach a small car park demarcated by large rocks. Before you is a grassy bank leading to a large field named Jonno’s Field. This is a neglected green space in the heart of Barrowcliff, which is being regenerated, thanks to a £100,000 grant. The news follows a successful application from Groundwork North Yorkshire. It has come from Yorventure and Yorwaste Ltd and marks the 15th anniversary of the Landfill Communities Fund.
Tom Mutton, Groundwork’s programme manager, said it would transform Jonno’s Field into an attractive urban park and wildlife oasis. There’ll be something for everyone, and local residents had supported the project and the whole initiative.
Facing the grassed bank, don’t ascend, but bear right by a litter bin to follow a good tarmac path hedged to the left and screening allotments etc. Keep to this path a short distance only, and then cut across the field, keeping the goal posts and sportsfield to your right as you head for the hill-top. Wow – what a view awaits you! It’s worth coming here for the breath-taking scene towards Scarborough Castle, and northwards along the coast!
But wait! What can you see? Where are you? Surely this can’t be Barrowcliff. Could it be Easter Island, with a circle of eight gigantic sculptured figures crowning the hilltop?
Doug Kidd, the chairman of Barrowcliff Residents’ Association, was right when he said Jonno’s Field had so much potential for improvement. The 12 month project still has time to develop further. With improved entrances and access; paths and lighting; picnic table and benches; natural play areas; habitat management, and landscaping including a wildflower meadow, it should prove to be a dream come true for residents.
Having explored the site, return along the tarmac path below the sculptures, heading south and keeping the field and bench to your right. Reaching a litter bin turn left to a lamp post, and discover another delightful creation – a green metal gate. Don’t just leave by this gate, but examine it with care, as it is intricately created with representations of wildlife. Which species can you identify? We found a frog; ladybird; caterpillars; spider and flowers etc. Keep looking.
Leaving Jonno’s Field continue to a litter bin and reach Redcliffe Road. Here meet its junction with Barrowcliff Road, and keep straight ahead to the road junction and Woodland Ravine. You can either return along the tree-lined road, or cross into the lovely ravine itself, to follow the beck back to your original departure point on Scalby Road, with St Luke’s Church nearby.
Distance of short walk, about 1.75 miles.
Refreshment: No facilities. A picnic recommended.