Village’s ‘turkey man’

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Will turkey feature on your table this Christmas? If so, here’s a walk to really make your meal more exciting!

Boynton is the start of this lovely four-mile walk. It’s a pretty village, set in wooded surroundings, three miles north-west of Bridlington. It’s perhaps best noted for its association with turkeys – introduced by William Strickland.

Here, during the 16th century, in Boynton’s farming community lived William Strickland. Employed as a cabin boy aboard Sebastian Cabot’s ship, his thirst for adventure materialised in America.

Cabot traded with some friendly Indians, and in exchange for goods, received some turkeys! William Strickland cared for them during the return voyage, and upon 
arrival in England, he was given the birds as a gift.

Finding a ready market for them, he made further trips and amassed quite a fortune.

By 1549 he became the 
local squire of a large house and estate; became knighted, and gave the turkey pride of place on his coat of arms!

In this walk you’ll glimpse Boynton Hall, St Andrew’s Church with monuments of the Strickland family, a lectern showing the representation of a turkey, and stained-glass window. The fascinating Gypsey Race, and a section of the Roman road are crossed to view Carnaby Temple, a strange octagonal tower.

To access Boynton, take the A165 Scarborough to Bridlington road via Reighton to the Dotterel Inn. Then follow signs via Grindale over the Wolds to enter Boynton Village North. At the crossroads see to your left the old blacksmith’s shop painted white. It’s number 12 and named Smithy Cottage.

Go straight across the B1253 into Boynton Village South. To the right, near Boynton’s attractive village hall stands an old village pump. Pass a row of white chalk cottages, and down the tree-lined lane seek a bridleway sign off right just before the church is reached. This will be the start of your walk. Park in the vicinity of Boynton’s St Andrew’s Church and take time to 
explore its interior, and admire the turkey carving on the lectern.

Having viewed the church, return to the bridleway sign (blue arrow) 
opposite the old rectory. Follow the arrow straight ahead to pass through a small wood. Beyond the wood, cross a fenced bridge over the Gypsey Race. Pause to seek herons and absorb the peaceful scene. Boynton Hall is glimpsed to your far left.

Approaching a farm, swing right and continue up a rough farm track passing houses to the left. Ascending the leafy lane you may identify a row of walnut trees to the right.

When you meet Woldgate, the Roman road on the outskirts of Sands Wood, cross this road and continue straight ahead.

Across arable land to your left, Carnaby Temple is observed. A pleasant tree-lined route is followed which opens onto a minor road.

Turn left along the road and Carnaby Industrial estate is seen in the distance. Rounding the bends into Carnaby, to your left is the parish church of St John the Baptist. Sited on a hill it rises above the village. It dates back to around 1148, but has undergone restoration work.

Descend the path down Church Lane and Turkey Lane and turn sharp left by Hill Farm, painted white. Stroll up this narrow lane banked either side, and named School Hill. Proceed beyond a farm gate to pass Temple Farm on the left. Straight ahead is Carnaby Temple, often called Temple of the Winds. It was built in 1770 by Sir George Strickland, and is said to be an interpretation of the famous Temple of Winds in Athens.

The red-bricked tower was possibly built as a look-out tower, but was used in the Second World War for military purposes.

Octagonal in structure, it is two storeys high. A domed roof is capped by an octagonal lantern. All the arched windows have been blocked to prevent vandalism.

Keep straight on across agricultural land, following a line of electricity posts. Exit the field and cross Woldgate, to pick up the bridleway as arrowed. Cross arable land in a direct line with distant ash trees, and again in line with electricity posts.

Reaching the trees, an arrow directs you along a track with tall ash trees and hedging to your right. Boynton Hall may be viewed lying ¼ mile south east of Boynton Church. It was built by William Strickland, who died in 1598.

Follow the line of ash trees to negotiate a stile. Cross the field, and another stile provides access to a narrow lane. Turn right past farm buildings towards the hall.

Facing a crenelated structure, go left with a fine yew hedge to your right. View the hall beyond.

Cross the Gypsey Race once more and veer left beside the Race for a brief section, before turning immediately right at the junction of tracks to return through woodland to re-enter Boynton.

Distance: 4 miles. Allow 1½ to 2 hours for viewing.

Refreshment: There is none en route. A picnic is suggested.

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Thanks to readers of Your Day Out and those who bought a limited edition of Rural Rambles from Crag & Moor Outdoor Shop or myself, all copies have now been sold. We’re delighted to say that a cheque for £300 has been donated to the RNLI plus £6 in donations. Happy Christmas everyone.