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7. A circular walk in The Howardian Hills from Whitwell-on-the-Hill to the village of Crambe, the River Derwent and Kirkham Priory

The old schoolhouse, Whitwell-on-the-Hill

The walk begins at the tiny hamlet of Whitwell-on-the-Hill by the church of St John Evangelist near the old schoolhouse and Manor House. and after crossing the busy A64 Scarborough-York Road you head off across the fields and down the quiet lanes towards the very 'non-tourist' quiet village of Crambe.

 

wood anemone wild grasses with many wild flower species

Many wild flowers in the hedgerows and meadows including wood anemone and many species of wild grasses also grow in the meadows and by the hedgerows of the lanes you wander along to reach Crambe. A delight for all walkers of classic the English countryside.

 

The 15th C tower of St Michael's Church, Crambe

Eventually ion the village of Crambe you find St Michael's Norman Church.  Such churches are well worth visiting by any visitor whether touring on foot, cycle or by car, so PLEASE leave a donation to help the church. (For more pictures of St Michael's Church, Crambe see page 6)

 

The 11th C church of St Michael's, Crambe

The church dates from the 11th century and some of the 13th century windows survive and the tower is 15th century.

 

Looking down the nave

Looking down the nave, with the 18th century Georgian organ on the right and the 11th century chancel arch.

 

The font is late 12th century

The font is late 12th century and the square bowl is highly decorated and standing on four carved shafts with waterleaf capitals.

 

The Georgian organ of ~1790 a piscina?

The Georgian organ of ~1790 and on the right, a piscina in the porch?

 (For more pictures of St Michael's Church, Crambe see page 6)

 

The gently rolling Howardian Hills

The gently rolling Howardian Hills and tracks across farmland that have a medieval feel to them

 

A line of fine old oak trees near Rider Lane Farm.

A line of fine old oak trees near Rider Lane Farm.

 

Poppies growing alongside the grain.

Poppies growing alongside the grain before descending down to the River Derwent near Howsham Hall

 

A snippet' of the older buildings of Howsham Hall

A snippet' of the older buildings of Howsham Hall (1610), now a private boarding school, viewed from the banks of the River Derwent. Much of the walk from now on follows the 'left' bank of the River Derwent.

The River Derwent cuts through the eastern part of the Howardian Hills and the banks are filled with an abundance of wild flowers.

The River Derwent cuts through the eastern part of the Howardian Hills and the banks are filled with an abundance of wild flowers including masses of Red Campion and other walkers delights.

 

There is also a variety of sheep on the walk too!

There is also a variety of sheep on the walk too!

 

A 'geranium' flower, species? wild or an escapee?

A 'geranium' flower, species? wild or an escapee?

 

cuckoo flower (ladysmock)

 Huge swathes cuckoo flower (ladysmock) flowers adorn the banks of the River Derwent.

 

Yellow Iris wild flowers.

Yellow Iris wild flowers.

 

The path on the banks of the River Derwent.

The path on the banks of the River Derwent.

 

Red Campion

Red Campion, which grows really tall in the riverside woodland as it competes with taller species for the light.

 

Poppies accompanying the red doors of passing of a York-Scarborough train.

Poppies accompanying the red doors of passing of a York-Scarborough train.

 

Eventually the ruins of Kirkham Priory begin to emerge through the trees across the river.

Eventually the ruins of Kirkham Priory begin to emerge through the trees across the river.

 

The weir near Kirkham Priory.

The weir on the River Derwent near Kirkham Priory.

 

On the left is a salmon leap or?

On the left is a salmon leap or?

 

A place and time to reflect on.

A place and time for the busy tourist or weary traveller to reflect on the ideal pace of life!

 

The bridge to Kirkham Priory on the road down from the busy A64.

The bridge to Kirkham Priory on the road down from the busy A64.

 

View of the Priory from the bridge ....

View of the Priory from the bridge ....

 

... and on the other side, the lucky people with a beautiful riverside garden and view.

... and on the other side, the lucky people with a beautiful riverside garden and view, it must be like being on holiday all the time!

For more pictures of Crambe see page 6

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