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Ponies feeding on hay on the edge of Filey
Ponies feeding on hay on the edge of Filey

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Route No 148 - Wednesday 13 July 2005
Filey, Hunmanby, Centenary Way,
Wolds Way, Muston circuit - 15km
Yorkshire Wolds

Maps: OS Explorer 301 Scarborough, Bridlington & Flamborough Head at 1:25000
Route Map on 'Landranger' map base from OS Open Space service
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Silage making
Silage making

Today four of us had arranged to meet at Filey station at 10am. It was very hot with the blue sky partially obscured by the haze and the mist that was threatening to roll in from out to sea. We all arrived early and started walking at about 9.45. We headed for the sea front and turned south along the promenade. At the end of the promenade we took the path up on to the low cliffs following the Centenary Way out of the town and across the fields to Hunmanby about 4km from our parking place at the station.

Water pumping station near Hunmanby
Water pumping station near Hunmanby

Grassy track between oilseed rape and wheat fields
Grassy track between oilseed rape and wheat fields
We continued on the Centenary Way through Hunmanby and turned on to the long straight track passing Field House Farm. It was a bit disappointing to find that as far as the farm the track is in fact a tarmac road - very hot on the feet in the summer sun. After the farm it becomes a grassy path between a variety of healthy crops in huge open fields. Just over 1km beyond the farm the path turns right and drops down into a narrow valley in the chalk called Stocking Dale. At the start of Stocking Dale the Centenary Way bears left on the same route as the Wolds Way heading away from Filey, whilst the Wolds Way heading towards Filey goes along Stocking Dale. From this point we followed the Wolds Way along Stocking Dale. It is a steep sided narrow valley full of scrub and a wonderful haven for wildlife. At the end of Stocking Dale the path turns right and climbs up to Stockendale Farm. At the farm we crossed the road and continued on the Wolds Way for another 2km to the road (A1039) at the edge of Muston.
To avoid walking on any more tarmac we turned left off the road at map ref. TA 094797 to cross the hay fields in Muston Bottoms to Carr Lane. We followed Carr Lane to rejoin the Wolds Way at map ref. TA 100797. From here we followed the Wolds Way back into Filey. We found a cafe near the station car park for a cup of coffee (they do all day breakfasts and bacon sandwiches too) before setting off for home. The whole route had been about 15km and had taken us just over four and a half hours to walk including a couple of stops.
Scabius and knapweed amongst the grasses
Field scabius and knapweed amongst the grasses
Grassy track between the ripening barley and the oil seed rape
Grassy track between the ripening barley and the oil seed rape
Track down into Stocking Dale
Track down into Stocking Dale
The path on the Wolds Way through Stocking Dale
The path on the Wolds Way through Stocking Dale
Old muck spreaders & tanks in the corner of a field
Old muck spreaders & tanks in the corner of a field
Path though the barley near Muston
Path though the barley near Muston
Looking towards the sea from the Wolds Way above Muston
Looking towards the sea from the Wolds Way above Muston
Hay field in Muston Bottoms
Hay field in Muston Bottoms
School cricket match on the edge of Filey
School cricket match on the edge of Filey