The Scenic Route to the Yorkshire East Coast just off the A166 to Bridlington is quite a forgotten and beautiful drive in my opinion, as nowadays most drivers prefer to get stuck in the queues on the A64 for some unknown reason, it starts just as you leave Fridaythorpe at The Seaways cafe ‘aka’ The Bike Shed a traditional stop off point for bikers, motorists and walkers deviating from The Wolds Way. The first of our glorious views was as you come out if Fimber on the B1251, the weekend of our visit was the farmers Harvest with fields as far the eye can see full of bails of hay.
Next stop is Sledmere with its grand Mansion House and Monuments, The Waggoners Memorial is in memory to the men of the Waggoners Reserve, and it’s unlike any other memorial I’ve seen, the Carvings what I can only be described as “curiously homely” depict the story of the corps, raised from the local farms. The memorial was carved in 1919 by Carlo Magnoni, from designs by Sir Mark Sykes.
The inscription on the monument reads:
“LT. COL: Sir MARK SYKES. BART: M.P. DESIGNED THIS MONUMENT AND SET IT UP AS A REMEMBRANCE OF THE GALLANT SERVICES RENDERED IN THE GREAT WAR. 1914-1919 / BY THE WAGGONER’S RESERVE A CORPS OF 1000 DRIVERS RAISED BY HIM ON THE YORKSHIRE WOLD FARMS IN THE YEAR 1912 THOMAS SCOTT FOREMAN. CARLO MAGNONI SCULPTOR. ALFRED BARR MASON.”
As you exist Sledmere you take a left onto the B1253 and then after quite a few miles left onto the B1249 (Scarborough Road) it’s here you get the epic views over Foxholes which really are a joy to see, when you reach the bottom take left onto Butt Lane for Burton Fleming where you’ll find a quaint single pub village with the picturesque dock pond and duck hut in the middle called Wold Newton. Follow through the village onto the Burton Flemming Road keeping left onto New Road which takes you down into Hunmanby where on the day of our visit was its annual harvest village fayre.
All roads out of Hunmanby lead to the main East Coast A165, which if you take a left then at the next roundabout turn right into Filey, our destination for the day.