This exhilarating five mile route on the outskirts of Hunmanby encompasses a variety of scenery, and is easy to follow throughout. I suggest parking near the road junction or Hunmanby’s car park.
Starting from the road junction, ensure you take the Malton road for about a quarter of a mile, seeking a turn-off left as signed: ‘Public Footpath Centenary Way’.
Field House Lodge is screened to the left, with barns opposite.
Keep to the driveway ahead, to pass Hunmanby Service Reservoir between hedging off right. A row of sycamore trees lead to Field House Farm.
A grassy path alongside barns facing arable land quickly veers right between barns, and bears left. Keep straight forward along a grassy track between open fields.
Reaching a metal farmgate, keep straight ahead along a good grassy path between agricultural land.
A gentle ascent takes you to the brow of the hill. Can you spot a pair of wind turbines?
Leaving the hilltop between hedging, turn right down a hedged chalk-track.
This track winds downhill. Where it ends, go straight forward as arrowed, along a narrow, grassy footpath. Passing trees on the right, keep beside post and wire fencing with woodland beyond.
At the end of the field enter a handgate to continue on a broad, grassy track banked and hedged to the right.
In the vicinity of The Camp you’ll find a three-fingered post.
Keep straight ahead as signed, ‘Yorkshire Wolds Way’. A delightful change of scenery via thistles and brambles either side framed by trees and bushes. Welcome to beautiful, remote Stocking Dale!
From here your footpath becomes hemmed between banks of trees and bushes and even raspberry canes!
You shortly meet a kissing gate to the left of a farmgate. Continue between blackberry bushes.
Seek mature beech trees to your left and proceed along the footpath, which opens up as you approach a fenced field to your left. There’s also a banked, way-marked footpath.
To the left perimeter is an arable field. An arrowed post guides you beside left hedging. A row of hedging divides the fields before your path swings right at a Wolds Way sign, uphill midst ash trees. You’re now alongside Long Plantation, with cereal fields to your right.
At the far end of the field, a farm track continues to Stockendale Farm.
Meeting the Malton Road once more, turn right and keep close to the roadside verge as you return to the road junction. It can be a very busy road especially at weekends.
You may decide to spend a little time exploring Hunmanby. It’s a most interesting village, and steeped in history.
Distance: 5 miles approximately.
Refreshment: There are plenty of options in Hunmanby, which will help make a perfect ending to a perfect day.
Map Ref: Ordnance Survey Explorer 301. Scarborough, Bridlington and Flamborough Head. Scale 2.5 inches to 1 mile.