by Maureen Robinson
Golden bands and waves of daffodils festoon country lanes and verges in springtime – the most joyful time of the year! Villages, tucked away from busy highways, often conceal little gems well worth visiting. Here’s a drive that helps reveal such treasures.
A stained glass centre, bird garden and animal park, nature reserve, Playdale Centre, and award-winning beach are some of the main attractions, each one worthy of a lengthy stay.
Taking the A165 Filey Road, pass beneath a bridge and at a roundabout go under two bridges ahead. At the next roundabout, turn right from Cayton Bay down Mill Lane towards Cayton village. Mill Lane is graced by daffodils in spring, and you quickly spot the gleaming white mill to your right, and decorated mill wheel opposite Cayton’s Limekiln Lane.
At the road junction, turn left by the Jubilee Hall and pass Russell’s Mini Mart to enter Killerby. The Old Hall is viewed off left before your turning right to the Stained Glass Centre and Tea Rooms. At the far end, near the railway line is a triangular grassed area with trees, swing, and picnic site.
William Lazenby opened his stained glass works in Bradford in 1884. His skills have been passed down to the fifth generation. Stained glass and leaded lights are produced for churches, hotels, restaurants and homes. Admire the beauty of real coloured glass; see how each stage is made, and watch a DVD in the exhibition room. To round off your visit, relax in the Garden Tea Room. Admission is free, and you’ll learn more about plans to extend the tea room, and create more facilities for classes in beadwork and felt work etc, in nearby accommodation!
Returning to the main road, turn right into Lebberston along Manor View Road, as signed, ‘Lebberston Camping’. A quiet village with terraced cottages is proudly dominated by its popular pub, The Ox Inn painted cream and blue.
At the lane junction go left on Manor View Road, passing Grange Farm and Lebberston Touring Park. An attractive bungalow now occupies the site of the old chapel.
Turn right to Gristhorpe, and ahead is The Bull Inn. Swing right by the inn to discover a church of corrugated iron. Opposite is the war memorial. Main Street is lined by most attractive cottages on raised embankments. Can you find one dated 1747? Reaching Dovecote Close, turn back and retrace your route, passing the village hall dated 1937 just before the main road is accessed.
Turn right at the roundabout, and at the next roundabout bear left as signed to Filey on the A1039. Enter the 30mph zone and seek, off right, Filey Bird Garden and Animal Park. This award-winning attraction is a must. We were astounded by its appeal to all the senses; its adventure trail, friendly animals, beautiful gardens, acres to explore and its clear and detailed information. Brilliant! Yes, your well behaved dog is welcome too, and a cafe and gift shop complete your visit.
Leaving the centre, enter Filey and keep straight ahead as signed to Coble Landing. Drive down Church Ravine with its “host of golden daffodils”, and beyond the footbridge is Coble Landing with public conveniences; lifeboat, shops and cafes close by. Few cobles (fishing vessels) are seen these days compared with a bygone era, but the landing still retains something of its fishing tradition. The brigg points a long finger out into the North Sea, from where a five-mile stretch of coastline boasts an award-winning beach. Filey’s golden sands have been voted in the top 10 best beaches in the country, and the very best in Yorkshire. Explore Filey at leisure and you’ll find it dripping with Edwardian charm. Head south along the beach by the seafront and just beyond children’s mini-golf etc you can’t miss Filey’s 12ft tall icon gazing out to sea. Park here if at all possible, to walk along this area.
Ray Lonsdale’s angler sculpture, “A High Tide in Short Wellies”, is named Finlay. He’s composed of core-ten steel which is a weathering steel used for the Angel of the North.
Just ahead, one of Filey’s iconic landmarks from its heydey has been re-opened. The Victorian bridge on Bridge Hole has been “totally replaced”. The original bridge was built in 1894 as part of the town’s sea defences.
Driving on, ascend Crescent Hill, and continue alongside beautiful Crescent Gardens to enter Belle Vue Street, and go straight across into Belle Vue Crescent. Turn left on the A1039 passing the bus station and shops. Crossing the railway line you’ll see Wharfedale off right which leads to Filey Dams Nature Reserve (described in a previous feature), where hides enable one to observe wildlife.
Proceed to the junction and turn right at the roundabout as to the A165 and next roundabout. At the Pet’s and Aquatic Centre, turn left on the A1039 into Muston. What a pretty, interesting village with its name-plate and attractive cottages, made famous for its annual Scarecrow Festival usually held around July 26 to August 3. With over 100 scarecrows on display, they line the lanes and cottages, spilling onto the village green and into the churchyard.
Descend to Mount View, and rounding the bend pass the old village school and cross the road bridge to the Gothic All Saints’ Church. West Street leads to The Ship Inn. Keep straight forward, and along Flotmanby Lane views open up. Beyond a 40mph limit continue past a road junction and turn right into Folkton, with welcoming sign, seat and flower tubs. Pass St John the Evangelist Church, and lovely white cottages lead to a long, open lane crossing the level carrs. Beyond a cattery, and just before the railway crossing, children will insist you turn right to the Playdale Centre with indoor and outdoor activities of great ingenuity and safety, for all ages! Farmyard animals, sand pits, shop and tearooms are available.
Next, enter Cayton’s extensive housing development and meet Cayton’s Main Street at Russell’s Mini Mart. Turn left. Passing Flower Court at the brow of the rise turn right on Church Lane. Passing the church, continue up Osgodby Lane. Keep to this lane, noting Poacher’s Barn to the left and local shops and community centre ahead.
Reaching the A165 turn left via Osgodby and follow the A165 to return to Scarborough.
Driving distance: 23 miles approximately.
Refreshment: Village inns, and all special centres visited, plus Filey’s Coble Landing.
PS Acknowledgements to Michael – the driver behind the wheel!