Nice walks around Hunmanby Village

During the current situation, daily exercise is good for the body and the mind. Spring is a beautiful time of year. The new leaves are vibrant, and after a long winter, the Spring Flowers are a tonic.  

Hunmanby being a rural village, offers some pleasant walks short walks. People are friendly. a  'good morning' or other warm greeting, helps to lift the spirits, especially for those who are restricting social contact.

Below are some suggestions, with some links to give a bit of local history.

There are two useful maps, one produced by the Local History Group, which gives brief descriptions about historic sites around the village

The other the 'Flower Trail ' leaflet produced by Hunmanby in Bloom. This, again with a useful map, shows all the sites in the village maintained by the community: flower beds, open spaces and gardening features.

Both the maps are free and available from the leaflet holders at the village station on the Scarborough bound platform.

There are around 20 public benches in the village, to give the chance of a break. (Please carry a hand sanitiser to stay safe) 

The heart of the village:

The village in the Spring is a lovely place to walk round. The village Caretakers, Hunmanby in Bloom, Bayley Gardens Volunteers, local shops, traders and both churches put considerable effort to make the village centre attractive

The Heart of the Village:

While the pavements are narrow, there are several places in the heart of the village where there is space to socially distance in pleasant surroundings.

 

All Saints Church 

There are quiet paths around the church and along Church Walk, between the Church and Wrangham House Hotel.  This Spring there is a lovely display of pink and yellow primroses amongst the grass.

History of Religion in Hunmanby link to Hunmanby.com


Bayley Gardens

This well maintained open space, owned by Hunmanby Parish Council and maintained by volunteers from Bayley Gardens Committee with support from the village caretakers, has been developed over several decades. It is a beautiful place with its 3 cats (all have homes) The Stag was funded by a local resident.


Nice walking routes:

from Stonegate to Sands Lane along Sheepdyke Lane

 

Above, View of the Pinfold and Lock Up on Sheepdyke Lane

Sheepdyke Lane: This is always one of the quietest country lanes (to motor vehicles) in the village. A walk from Stonegate to Sands Lane, taking you into the countryside. Turning off Stonegate you see the pinfold and lock up. Sheepdyke Lane  is a pleasant walk, with lambs in the fields and bird song. There is a metal bench three quaters of the way along the lane. This was donated by Hunmanby Crown Green Bowling Club 

   

The Historic Low Hall on Sheepdyke Lane (left)  and the view over the fields (right)


Sands Lane: Is a quiet Lane, with access to Hunmanby Allotments, there are several routes to access the site. Up the rough track to the car park or across Hunmanby Playing Fields with path and a  tracks through the woodland walk. 

Hunmanby Allotments: 

The allotments have wide areas of grass between the three plots areas. This gives plenty of room for social distancing, compared to the often narrow pavements in the village centre. There is a large bench at the allotment entrance (freshly painted this Spring) From the allotments you can see the North Sea. Inland are the start of the Yorkshire Wolds with the line of trees of Croom Acre Plantation. The plantation is covered by a tree preservation order, and in times before GPS a landmark visible to ships on the North Sea to help navigation. Being located at around 330 feet above sea level

Birds of the allotments & orchard (thanks to Harry)

Common Birds:

Blackbird, Blue Tit,  Canada Goose, Chaffinch, Crow, Dunnock, Goldfinch, Graylag Goose, Great Tit, Herring Gull, House Sparrow, Jackdaw, Kestrel,  Magpie, Mallard, Moorhen, Pied Wagtail,  Robin, Rook,  Song Thrush, Sparrow Hawk, Starling,  Skylark, Wood Pigeon,  Wren,

Seasonal Birds:

Chiffchaff, House Martin, Linnet, Swallow, Swift

Uncommon Birds:

Buzzard, Grey Heron, Lapwing, Little Egret, Little Ringed Plover, Reed Bunting, Tufted Duck, Yellowhammer, Yellow Wagtail 

Community Orchards:

There are two Community Orchards where in the late Summer and Autumn, the apples are free to pick. One on the woodland walk is around 20 years old. 

The New Community Orchard (photo above) with its ponds and wildlife areas has been development started in late 2012, and is very much work in progress, Hunmanby in Bloom would welcome additional volunteers.  

The New Orchard, has two rustic seats to sit and watch the wildlife. These were a provided for the community by Hunmanby Women's Institute.

'Remembering Hunmanby Women's Institute 1935- 2014 79 Years of friendship & laughter'

The Picnic Table was kindly presented by Filey Lions in 2014, in their Golden Jubilee Year  


The following messages of wildlife sightings have been written onto the notice board. (Not a complete list)

Birds:  

Wagtail (feeding young);  Bullfinch (drinking from pond)Goldfinch (feeding on thistles);  Partridges (a group of 6);  Moorhens (have bred on pond); Mallards; Geese; Swifts; Coot, Thrush; Lapwing

Butterflies & Moths: 

Comma butterfly; Cinnabar Moth;

Ringlet Butterfly; Tortoiseshell Butterflies; Red Admiral; Common Copper;
Painted Lady; Small Copper; Meadow brown; Small Skipper; Ringlet;

Amphibians: 

Tadpoles & Frogs; Newts;

Insects: 

Blue Dragonfly; Pond skaters; Common darters (male and female); Damsel Flies; Peacock Butterfly; Water boatmen; Scorpion Fly; Crickets

Mammals: 

Evidence of moles; stoat (or weasel?); Rabbit;

Flowers : 

Common spotted orchid;

A break for refreshment on your walk:

Keeping Local 

Many like to have some exercise and also some refreshment. The Phat Cow is one way to do both by staying local. If you are walking around the allotment, or through the Industrial Estate to the railway station. You may time it right for the Phat Cow (more than just a burger van) It is located in the Trans Tools Car Park. Usual times are Monday to Friday 9am to 2pm  Please check the times on the Phat Cow Facebook page

One advantage of walking locally you see other people from the village.


 

 

Hunmanby Village Railway Station: 

Well worth a visit, looked after by the community with support from the railway industry. There are several benches on the platform and the station is attractive. The real time information displays will tell you when the next train is due. Perhaps a chance to wave support to the key workers on the trains and the on board staff.  

The old traditional bench at the start of the footpath to Filey

Northgate and Centenary Way

Track to North Moor Farm,

At the junction of Northgate and Outgaites Lane is the footpath, part of the Centenary Way that leads over the field past North Moor Farm to the coast road where you cross by the roundabout and then walk the short distance along the road into Filey (A1039)  to the entrance to Muston Grange (on your right hand side)  By  Muston Grange Farm is the Fairy Garden Café (Closed due to the current situation until futher notice) further details at Fairy Garden Facebook page 

Fairy Garden Cafe

Just past Muston Grange you have a choice footpaths:

Left through the Caravan Farm to Filey

Straight on over the railway bridge and past the donkey field or

turn right for a walk back to Hunmanby through Lowfield Farm,

 

This a Photograph, looking back to Lowfield Farm, taken in May 2020 with young lambs in the field.

At the main coast road (A165) turn left, 

Walk a short distance 


look for the track across the field a short distance along the A165 on the opposite side.

View of the footpath back to Hunmanby 

It is then a pleasant walk back over the fields,  where you join Outgaites Lane










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