Staxton Wold Farm to Sharpe Howe
The previous section of the Centenary Way came from Crowsdale Wood. It finished at the B1249 road where an access road leads to Staxton Wold Farm. This short section of the walk (3 miles) passes RAF Staxton Wold and then crosses typical Wolds farmland to arrive at Sharpe Howe, where you get a first glimpse of the sea and cliffs at Bempton. The route is also shared by the Yorkshire Wolds Way.
The last parts of the Centenary Way are covered by the Ordnance Survey Map of Scarborough, Bridlington & Flamborough Head. The map covers the east coast of Yorkshire around Scarborough, Bridlington and Flamborough Head. Highlights of the area include the Cleveland Way, Yorkshire Wolds Way and North Sea Trail. With this map, you also get a code for use on your iOS or Android smartphone or tablet It is available in both the standard paper version and weatherproof ‘Active’ version.
The access road to Staxton Wold Farm and RAF Staxton Wold is clearly signposted from the main road. Walk along the road past Staxton Wold Farm, to arrive at the RAF buildings. Turn right just before the station, and continue past the base until the road becomes a track just after High Farm.
Continue to follow the track, to descend Cotton Dale Slack until you reach a fingerpost and footpath near the bottom. Turn left here and walk up an enclosed path to a kissing gate. Go through another kissing gate at the top. The path now runs along the edge of the field until it reaches a field corner. Turn right here and walk a short distance towards a fingerpost where you should turn left. Here superb views of Cotton Dale and Lang Dale open out.
The route to Sharpe Howe is now pretty much a straight mile along the field boundary, although it does rise up and down a couple of times. After passing through several kissing gates and a final sharp climb you reach Sharpe Howe and a minor road at the end of this section of the walk.
Sharpe Howe is actually an ancient bronze age barrow located in a field on the opposite side of the road. This small cemetery although overgrown is in fairly good condition.
Turn right along the road to start the next section of the Centenary Way which leaves Sharpe Howe and takes you to Hunmanby.
I’m very grateful to the guide “The Centenary Way” written by North Yorkshire County Council which was referenced whilst writing this post.
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