Your Day Out: Trail of two villages

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Here’s a lovely level walk easily accessed by private or public transport and using lanes, bridleway, and footpaths over fields and by farmland and waterworks.

Start from Seamer village, a large village about four miles south south west of Scarborough. It owes its name to a great lake or mere which used to exist near the church. The ruins of the manor house of the Percys can be seen to the rear of the church. On Seamer Moor are numerous early earthworks. Gold and silver ornaments of Saxon date have been found here.

From Seamer roundabout, if you continue into Seamer village past the old village school on your right, you’ll find an abundance of places providing refreshments, from fish and chips and Proudfoots store, to The Mayfield, Copper Horse and Londesborough Arms. Just past the latter is St Martin’s Church with a bus shelter beyond. I suggest you start from this lovely church, and as you walk by, see whether you can spot the ruins of the Percys manor house to the rear.

Walking beside several trees, do you recognise a wonderful walnut tree? Passing cottages, turn right along a narrow lane named Ratten Row. Beyond a row of bungalows is marshy ground – an area where the lake once existed. Then you reach Arosa – a camping and caravan site. Keep straight forward to the far end of Ratten Row and along a hard track fenced to either side, leading to Seamer Waste Waterworks.

Reaching the waterworks, go left beneath a bar of fencing, to follow a grassed path with a deep ditch to the right and flat agricultural land all around to the Wolds.

Beyond a wide open gap in the hedgerow you reach a good footbridge over the dike. Cross the bridge and keep directly forward on an obvious path following the ditch to the right. You’re soon passing a line of about ten popular trees alongside the sewage depot.

At the far end of the field, go left along the adjacent side, always accompanied by a ditch to your right. Hedging is beyond the dike. Continue to a little woodland. Here, at a forking of paths, keep left with woodland on your right to meet a track. Here, go right along the well-used track in line with electricity pylons. Hedged either side it pleasantly meanders into Goosemire Lane which often borders flooded fields. Unfortunately this year has flooded a considerable area of crops.

Reaching Irton’s Water Works turn right into Irton village. You’ll see on the cottage wall to your right, the name Clock Cottage. I well remembered the old station clock that used to be there. The dis-used railway track is now a bridleway along which you’ve just walked.

With Irton’s waterworks to your left, wind by the riding school, and beyond features Waterworks Farm to the left. Then, as you enter Main Street you’ll see 72 Keeper’s Cottage etc.

Ahead is a reminder of Mr Keith’s herd of Jersey cattle, which gave the name to Jersey Court. The opposite Porrit Lane is Grange Court.

Follow Main Street to the far end, with stone walling and stonebuilt properties creating a charming, rural community.

Meeting Ayton Road, turn right and head back to Seamer roundabout and Seamer’s Main Street once more.

Before departing, do visit St Martin’s Church and I’m sure you’ll wish to treat yourself to a meal or drink too. I hope you’ve enjoyed this link route, which creates a trail of two popular villages.

Distance: Three miles.

Refreshment: Fish and chips, The Mayfield, Copper Horse, Londesborough, and Proudfoot’s supermarket.

NB. The entire walk is short, level and easy to follow, with no problems whatsoever.

Access: Private or public transport Coastliner 843 to Seamer roundabout and the 128 Pickering/Helmsley bus to Seamer roundabout.