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Hunmanby - The White Swan Inn & All Saints Church /photo by Arnold Underwood

Walking on the Wolds/from a photo by Arnold Underwood

NORTH YORKSHIRE - Hunmanby

'Strolling in Stockingdale'

Take an easy stroll across the Yorkshire Wolds into the remote valleys of Camp Dale and Stockingdale. These are only accessible to members of the public on foot so only the occasional walker disturbs the peace enjoyed by the cattle here.

Fact File

Distance 13km (8 miles)
Time 4 hours
Map OS Explorer 301 Scarborough & Bridlington
Start/Parking At the square in the centre of Hunmanby, opposite the Church
Terrain Field paths, farm tracks, and minor roads
nearest Town Filey
Refreshments A pub in Muston, and a choice of pubs, take-aways, etc in Hunmanby - the Cottage Inn on the Square is recommended for morning coffee, good beer and good food.
Toilets Hunmanby - opposite the Square
Public Transport East Yorkshire buses (service 121, Hull - Scarborough) serve Hunmanby as do trains on the Hull - Scarborough line.
Suitable for all
Stiles 5

  1. (Start) From the square, set off past the church and bear left at the mini-roundabout up Castle Hill. Continue on up the roadside to the top of the hill and there take the farm track left signed Centenary Way. Go past Windmill Farm and in about 1 km (3/4 mile) you reach Field House Farm. Here keep to the left of the buildings as waymarked, turning right at the far corner of the barn and then left to join a clear track. This track maintains a straight course across the rolling landscape.

  2. (3km, 2 miles) At a T-junction turn right down a stony track, still on the Centenary Way. At the bottom continue straight along the field side with a fence on your right to arrive at a stile (with Countryside Stewardship Access Information) giving access into Camp Dale. Walk along the dale to a pond where the dale forks. There will probably be cattle grazing in this area.

  3. (4.5km, 3 miles) Take the right-hand fork, signed Wolds Way, into Stockingdale. After negotiating a stile by a gate - it can be very muddy here - a gradual climb leads to a right turn by Long Plantation. This track leads past Stockendale Farm, which has the added attraction of a row of derelict Renault cars adorning the verge! Upon reaching the road, cross straight over (beware of fast traffic) and continue along a clear track with a hedge on your right. A panoramic view opens up before you - from the North York Moors to Scarborough Castle prominent on its headland, round to Cayton Bay, and Filey.

  4. (7.2km, 4 miles) Look out for a gap in the hedge and there turn right to follow the Wolds Way diagonally across a field to a stile. From there walk on downhill, keeping to the field sides, eventually coming to stile in the corner. Over the stile bear right along the A1039 road. At first there is no footpath, but as you enter Muston village cross over to use the path on the left-hand side of the road. Walk through the village passing the Ship Inn and the Church and on round a sharp left-hand bend.

  5. (9km, 6 miles) About 75m (80yds) past the corner the Wolds Way heads off to the left, but your route continues on up the roadside path. Just before the road junction, cross to a path on the right-hand side and follow this round by the A165. Walk along the verge of this busy road to the Filey roundabout. Here, turn right onto a farm track rejoining the Centenary Way. This takes you along field sides and finally across a field to a stile at the left-hand side of North Moor Farm. Head along the farm track, which becomes a metalled lane leading back into Hunmanby. On reaching the housing estate continue straight on to return to the centre of the village.

  6. (Optional) Explore Hunmanby by following the Village Millennium Trail, starting from the Church. Plaques identify the relevant buildings on this trail - the Church and the White Swan Inn opposite being two of them.

    Along the Way

    Centuries ago, this part of the Wolds was the site of a settlement for earlier Britons, and traces of the earthworks of their encampment exist on the valley sides - hence the name Camp Dale. In fact a glance at the map shows the countryside around is dotted with evidence of those early inhabitants. Today, Hunmanby is the major settlement and offers a wide range of amenities. The village centre has some interesting old buildings and these are featured in the village Millennium Trail, which starts at the 11th century Church of All Saints. A route description is displayed near the Church gateway.

    This route makes use of parts of the Wolds Way (Humber Bridge - Filey) and Centenary Way (York - Filey)

    Arnold Underwood (Aug 2002)

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