Sewerby / Danes Dyke Circular

A local walk around the area providing lovely scenery and gentle exercise.

 
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Sewerby / Danes Dyke Circular

The walk is a pleasant stroll along the cliff top from the old village of Sewerby to the ancient earthworks of Danes Dyke, and back over the new golf course.

Start/finish: Sewerby or Danes Dyke
Grade: Easy
Length type: Medium
Length miles (kilometres): 2 (3)
OS Explorer map: 301
Car Parking: Sewerby and Danes Dyke
Toilets: Sewerby and Danes Dyke
Refreshments: Cafe at Sewerby Hall. Snacks at Danes Dyke.

Sewerby is an ancient village and the 'by' denotes it may be of Danish origin. The Romans built a settlement here and the village was mentioned in the Domesday Book. It has some fine chalk built cottages and has a pleasant feel about it. Along the cliff top to Danes Dyke, the view is over Bridlington Bay which, in summer, is full of cobbles from Bridlington on a two hour trip trying to catch that elusive fish. The pleasure boat from 'Brid' the 'Yorkshire Belle' can be seen plying up and down on its trip to the lighthouse. This is the 'busy' side of the headland and you'll meet many others enjoying a pleasant stroll and always finding time to pass the time of day, it seems the natural thing to do.

From the beach, east of Sewerby steps is the "buried cliff". The cliff turns from clay to chalk topped by clay. The chalk section is the old cliff line and ran inland to Driffield and south to Hessle i.e. the Yorkshire Wolds. During the last Ice Age, glaciers swept over Holderness depositing debris along and on top of the former chalk coastline. Now in Holderness, the sea is eroding the clay cliffs at 2-3 yards a year and one day, the coastline may again be along the chalk at Driffield and Hessle! Some protection took place at Mappleton south of Hornsea in 1990. This has stopped erosion there but further south, the sea has now washed away the beach and certain farmers lost over 30 yards!

There are also important fossil deposits here including perfect specimens of sponges. Children may find these, and the many large flat pieces of chalk with several holes in them, bored by shellfish called piddocks. Many children enjoy painting faces on them. Can you paint yours?

The rock pools on the shore attract large numbers of wading birds and gulls, always a source of interest. Which can you identify?

Inland was the site of an Anglican cemetery near to Home Farm dating back some 1,400 years. Excavation has revealed the graves of adults and children with items of jewellery, clothing, pottery and weapons, all of which indicates a settled community. Some of the finds can be found in Sewerby Hall.

The return to Sewerby is made along the inland path over the golf course or along the cliff top again. Always remember that if you return along the cliff top, your view will always be different. In this case, that of Bridlington itself.

Sewerby has a fine hall and gardens which are well worth a visit. The house was built in 1714-20 by John Graeme with additions in 1808. Inside is a collection of trophies, awards and mementoes belonging to the pioneering airwoman Amy Johnson who opened the house in 1934 after its purchase by the former Bridlington Corporation.

The grounds are delightful to wander around and contain what are said to be the oldest Monkey Puzzle trees in the world. The Old English Garden is especially pleasant in Spring and Summer and the children will enjoy the mini-zoo with its monkeys, llamas and penguins, as well as farm animals such as pigs and goats.

It's a pleasant end to a pleasant stroll, especially if the brass band is playing on the bandstand, or if a game of cricket is being played on the cliff top field.

A brisk tune or the sound of leather on willow, and always the headland beckoning beyond. Let's go for another walk.

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