A64

It's not like this all the time

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The A64 trunk road enters Ryedale in the west at the turn off to the DEFRA site, and leaves in the east at the village of Staxton. It is a mixture of dual and single carriage way, with the majority being single. 

I will take you for a trip down the A64 from west to east, which I suppose is from York to Scarborough.  After the DEFRA turn off, the road carries on past Flaxton lane end on the left and past two turnings to the right before it passes the Indian Restaurant and onto the dual carriage way for around 4 miles. Past the turn off for Castle Howard and up Whitwell Hill. At one time the hill would be impassable with the onset of snow but it is kept clear with modern snow moving equipment available today. Point to Point horse racing is held in the field to the right of the hill, around twice a year.
At the top of the hill, the junction for Whitwell on the left and Kirkham on the right are dangerously close to the crest of the hill, take care. About a mile further on is the turn to Welburn which leads to Castle Howard. The road then  dips down into Crambe Beck, over a bridge up the other side and over the crest to reveal a view of southern Ryedale over the River Dewent Valley.
The next junction is the 'top turn off' to Huttons Ambo, a village on the banks of the Derwent. There is a foot bridge over the Derwent at this point but cars have to cross at Malton. One mile down the road finds 'Hutton low turn off'. This is just before joining Malton Bypass where the turn for Malton leaves to the left. The bypass is around three miles long and at half way the turn to Pickering leaves to the left, and Old Malton can be accessed via the roundabout. Carrying on down the bypass to the east, the road merges with the old A64, from Norton,  to bypass Scaglethorpe on the right.
 The road now continues through Rillington Fields onto Rillington. Just on the edge of Rillington, the turn to the right will take you to Thorpe Basset.  The cross roads in the village are dead ends and only take you to the railway crossings to the left and a housing estate to the right. Four hundred meters out of the village, the turn to the left, takes you to the village of Scampston and Scampston Hall which is well worth a visit in early summer. Round the corner and the road to the right leads to Wintringham. Over Scampston Bridge with a fine view of the Hall on the left and onto the second turn to Wintringham which is the east turn. Immediately on the left, 100 meters  or so further on, is the turn left to West Knapton and onto Yedingham. The white building on the left is a Maltsters. Knapton Hall comes next on the left and in it's own grounds with it's own little church to the left of the house. The next turn is to East Knapton only and is a no through road.
On the way to the next village, the wood on the hill side on the right is the location of a archeological site named Staple How. This was excavated in the 50s and 60s by Mr. T Brewster and I helped for a wile when I was at school. Down the long straight and onto West Heslerton, which was bypassed to take the traffic to the north of the village and this of course transformed the village into a quiet and peaceful place loved by all except the publican of the Dawney Arms. A road out of the village to the south, takes you over the wolds to meet up with the road that heads south from Wintringham back on the A64, the lane to the left just passed the petrol station, is a dead end and services a farm and a few houses.
One mile to the east of West Heslerton is East Heslerton. The two turns to both left and right are again dead ends. A further two miles will transport you to Sherburn. In the village the cross roads has a left turn to Brompton and a right over the Wolds to Weaverthorpe. You leave the village with Wards of Sherburn on the left and a mile further on pass through Potter Brompton, a very small village on the right side of the road. Another mile and you enter Ganton. The road to the left, as you enter the village, only goes as far as the famous Golf Links, one of the most admired courses in the country. The road to the right is a dead end to the village only.
Three miles or so further on sees the only traffic lights on the A64 in Ryedale. The left turn goes to the village only with the right turn taking you up Staxton hill, and onto the wolds. Just out of the village you will see the Little Chef which also means you are leaving Ryedale and entering Scarborough.
Well that's it, hope you make the journey one day and don't forget to stop at all the villages and take a look. Malton is the only town on the route, with many good shops and cafe's.

 
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