Surrounded by breathtaking scenery, Hunmanby nestles between the Yorkshire Wolds and the coast and contains some of the best features of both. It has a wide range of facilities for visitors of all ages and interests: locally run shops, a good choice of refreshments from cafes to public houses and a country hotel, and the renowned Spirit of Yorkshire Distillery. Leisure facilities include a gym, golf course, Community Centre with regular live performances and a fishing lake, and of course, the sandy beach at Hunmanby Gap is not far away.
Now a modern working village, Hunmanby is steeped in history. Named by the Danes Hundemanvi, ‘farmstead of the hounds’ from when wolves were hunted on the chalklands of the Wolds, the village was mentioned in the Domesday Book, but its past goes back much further. Archaeological finds include Roman pottery and Iron Age flint axes and arrowheads. In the Middle Ages, it was an important market town in the East Riding, and as travel in England expanded through the centuries, it was on a main stagecoach route. Its railway station opened in 1847, less than 20 years after the first commercial train took to the rails.
Today it has regular bus and train services to neighbouring resorts. Hunmanby Station, on the main Scarborough-Hull line, is a great ‘gateway’ to the village, first prize winner at the Community Rail Awards 2020. At the station, you will find information racks with leaflets giving details of our flowers, heritage, and real ale trails. The best way to appreciate the village is on foot, using these leaflets to guide you.
Hunmanby offers one of the widest range of village accommodations in the Scarborough district, and the village is a great base from which to explore the coast and the Wolds. For the walker, there are pleasant routes to the sandy beaches of Filey, Primrose Valley and Hunmanby Gap, and connections to longer-distance footpaths including the Centenary Way and Wolds Way. For the cyclist, the Wolds Cycle Way, and National Sustrans Route from Dover to Orkney, plus the 'big sky' rides on the quiet country lanes of the Wolds.
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