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Looking from Church Lane above Carnaby to the Fraisthorpe Wind Farm south of Bridlington
Looking from Church Lane above Carnaby to the Fraisthorpe Wind Farm south of Bridlington

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Route No. 761 - Thursday 21 February 2019
B1253 West Lawn Wood, Church Lane, Carnaby,
Temple Lane, Carnaby Temple, Boynton circuit - 7km
Yorkshire Wolds . . .

Route map from Ordnance Survey Open Space service.

Map: OS Explorer 295 Bridlington, Driffield & Hornsea


Parking area off the B1253 about 1km west of Boynton
Parking area off the B1253 about 1km west of Boynton

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Heading to Carnaby along the lane from the car park
Heading to Carnaby along the lane from the car park

Following the lane towards Sands Wood
Following the lane towards Sands Wood

After about 200m the lane crossed a watercourse called Gypsey Race. This watercourse flows out to the North Sea through the harbour at Bridlington about 5km away. We continued along the lane gently climbing up to Sands Wood. We followed the lane up through Sands Wood to a minor road called Woldgate that runs along the route of an old Roman road.

This morning my friend, Jim, and I drove to a little parking area off the B1253 at its junction with a lane from Carnaby at map ref. TA 128 678 about 1km west of Boynton on the edge of the Yorkshire Wolds near Bridlington. From this car park we set off southwards along the lane towards Carnaby.

Looking from the road bridge over Gypsey Race
Looking from the road bridge over Gypsey Race

Climbing up through Sands Wood
Climbing up through Sands Wood

About to cross Woldgate at the top edge of Sands Wood
About to cross Woldgate at the top edge of Sands Wood

Looking out to Fraisthorpe Wind Farm from Church Lane
Looking out to Fraisthorpe Wind Farm from Church Lane

Following Church Lane towards Carnaby
Following Church Lane towards Carnaby

Before we reached Carnaby we stopped to sit on a comfortable seat made from recycled plastic planks. We sat in the sunshine for a few minutes looking out over the Carnaby industrial estate to the wind farm and the sea beyond. We were looking straight into the morning sunshine and my attempts to photograph the view were a miserable failure.

We crossed Woldgate and continued along the lane, now called Church Lane, towards Carnaby. From the lane we could see the nine wind turbines at the Fraisthorpe Wind Farm. We continued along Church Lane until we were only a few hundred metres from Carnaby.

Following Church Lane towards Carnaby
Following Church Lane towards Carnaby

Following Church Lane towards Carnaby
Following Church Lane towards Carnaby

Seat made from recycled plastic planks where we had a short break
Seat made from recycled plastic planks where we had a short break

Church of St John The Baptist at Carnaby
Church of St John The Baptist at Carnaby

The lane in Carnaby village
The lane in Carnaby village

Following Temple Lane out of Carnaby village
Following Temple Lane out of Carnaby village

We walked along Temple Lane heading out of the village and climbing up to Temple Farm about 700m from the village. As we neared the farm there was a large stack of round bales of straw and a series of large storage buildings on the left of the track. There is a public bridleway along the track past the farm and by the track there were numerous packs of second hand building materials. We could see Carnaby Temple ahead about 200m from the farm buildings.

From the seat we followed the lane down to the church of St. John the Baptist at Carnaby. We followed the lane around the church and through the village to join Temple Lane at the entrance to Hill Farm marked by an old stone cross with the farm name plate on the grass verge.

The lane in Carnaby village
The lane in Carnaby village

Joining Temple Lane at the entrance to Hill Farm
Joining Temple Lane at the entrance to Hill Farm

Bridleway along the track past Temple Farm
Bridleway along the track past Temple Farm

Leaving Temple Farm behind and heading for Carnaby Temple
Leaving Temple Farm behind and heading for Carnaby Temple

Carnaby Temple
Carnaby Temple

Crossing Woldgate heading down to Boynton
Crossing Woldgate heading down to Boynton

From the temple we continued along the bridleway down to the road called Woldgate again. We crossed Woldgate and continued along the bridleway down towards Boynton.

We stopped at the Carnaby Temple to look at this large impressive structure on top of the wold. Apparently it was built as a folly/lookout tower in the late 1700's.

Bridleway heading down towards Woldgate
Bridleway heading down towards Woldgate

Bridleway heading down towards Boynton
Bridleway heading down towards Boynton

Farmer resetting the electric fence to give the sheep more turnips to eat
Farmer resetting the electric fence to give the sheep more turnips to eat

Sheep tucking into fresh turnips
Sheep tucking into fresh turnips

About to turn right over a stile down to Home Farm
About to turn right over a stile down to Home Farm

Once we were round the field corner we crossed a stile on our right into a smaller field that drops down to Home Farm. The farmer we had spoken to had warned us that the stile out of this field was very awkward and dilapidated so we took his advice and left the field by the gate at the northern corner of the field.

In the field above Home farm we met a friendly farmer and stopped for a chat. He was resetting the electric fence to give the sheep access to another strip of turnips growing in the field. We continued along the bridleway round the corner of the field.

Bridleway around the corner of the field
Bridleway around the corner of the field

Diverting right to the gate to avoid the broken stile
Diverting right to the gate to avoid the broken stile

Lovely little tower by the access track to Boynton Hall
Lovely little tower by the access track to Boynton Hall

Gravel access track through the buildings at Home Farm
Gravel access track through the buildings at Home Farm

Bridge over Gypsey Race as we left Home Farm
Bridge over Gypsey Race as we left Home Farm

We followed a gravel access track through the buildings at Home Farm and out to follow the bridleway along the access track across a bridge over Gypsey Race. From the bridge we continued along the bridleway through some woodland to the edge of Boynton village.

Through this gate we came onto an access track with Home Farm on our left and Boynton Hall on our right. There was a very fine little tower by the access track to Boynton Hall but we had to turn left through Home farm.

Gravel access track through the buildings at Home Farm
Gravel access track through the buildings at Home Farm

Gypsey Race flowing to Bridlington seen from the bridge
Gypsey Race flowing to Bridlington seen from the bridge

Track through woodland to Boynton village
Track through woodland to Boynton village

Our left turn off the access track in Boynton village
Our left turn off the access track in Boynton village

Stile to the fields from the village
Stile to the fields from the village

Footpath along the field edge towards West Lawn Wood
Footpath along the field edge towards West Lawn Wood

The public footpath followed the access track and then passed between the garden fences to a stile out to the fields. Over the stile we kept to the left hand edge of the field and followed the footpath along the edge of two fields to the corner of West Lawn Wood.

As we entered the village there was a couple painting their garden fence who told us that the signs for the public footpath had only been put in place a few days ago, but that was soon enough for us and we turned left at the first access track between the houses.

Footpath between fences out of Boynton village
Footpath between fences out of Boynton village

Footpath along the field edge leaving Boynton village
Footpath along the field edge leaving Boynton village

Footpath along the field edge towards West Lawn Wood
Footpath along the field edge towards West Lawn Wood

The footpath along the edge of West Lawn Wood
The footpath along the edge of West Lawn Wood

Following the footpath along the edge of West Lawn Wood
Following the footpath along the edge of West Lawn Wood

The whole route had been about 7km and it had taken us almost two and a half hours to walk it in the warm sunshine. It had been a lovely morning and we stopped for a coffee and bacon sandwich on the way home to complete our outing.

From here we continued along the footpath with the wood on our left and the fields on our right until we came to the lane with the parking area at the road junction on our right. We turned right up to the parking area and the end of our walk.

Following the footpath along the edge of West Lawn Wood
Following the footpath along the edge of West Lawn Wood

Turning into the car park at the end of our walk
Turning into the car park at the end of our walk

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