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Sunday December 27 09
Hayburn Wyke 5.75 miles
RA, Led by Peter Fahy
A shorter than usual Sunday walk to precede the Scarborough RA Christmas lunch at the Hayburn Wyke Inn.  

Seven met at the pub car park, which was in a disgracefully hazardous condition, as no attempt had been made in the past week to clear or grit the packed, icy snow. 

Peter led us on a very enjoyable, bracing and muddy walk.  On returning to the pub, another nine members and guests augmented our number for lunch. 




Friday December 25 09
Normanton 1.8 miles

We built up an appetite for Christmas dinner by taking a walk through the snowy landscape near to L&P's home.










Thursday December 24 09
Normanton, 3.4 miles

We drove to Normanton to spend Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with Louise and Paul.  On the afternoon of the first day, we took a walk through the snowy fields close to L&P's home.

En route, we passed the town's two landmark chimneys, and saw quite an assembly of water fowl on a pond that probably marked the site of a former claypit.

Sunday 13 December 09
Cloughton Wyke, 10.1 miles, RA.

Led by Phil Trafford

A very muddy, but enjoyable trudge to Harwood Dale, then to follow tracks that have been opened or cleared as the result of local RA pressure.  At one point, a very large dog was tied up by a farmer on a rope that just allowed us to pass - a very clear attempt to intimidate walkers.  Finally, we joined the Cleveland Way at Hayburn Wyke for the final couple of miles back to the cars. 


Wednesday 9 December 09.
Levisham-Hole of Horcum-Levisham, 6.6 miles.

Solo.  I was two-thirds of the way to the start when I realised I had left my rucksack at home, so I drove into Thornton in the hope of buying a small backpack.  there were none to be had, so I left lunch in the car at Levisham, and set off sans gloves, Buff or over-trousers.

Fortunately, the weather was sunny and almost spring-like  as I set off in my new boots.

On a previous outing, we had been following directions for a walk, which went wrong, and I quickly discovered that it was the instructions that had been wrong - now duly amended in the book.

This was a wonderfully scenic walk above, then alongside Levisham Beck, before climbing the end of the Hole of Horcum, and finally back along the well-trodden track to Levisham.  Throughout the walk, I saw only one other person, another solo walker who was doing the same walk in reverse.


Sunday 6 December 09
Stoupe Brow - Raw - Robin Hood's Bay, 8.5 miles

Led by Les and Margaret Atkinson
Nine members turned out on a very rainy day, although the downpour stopped soon after we started.  Lots of mud and much surface water.  It was the Victorian weekend in RHB, where we had lunch beside the sea.  The strength of the stream from Boggle Hole made it inadvisable for us to cross it, so we backtracked and returned along the cliffs.  Very enjoyable mince pies, shortbread and hot punch followed at Les and Margaret's home at Stoupe Brow.








Pictures below by Margaret Atkinson.

Thursday 3 December 09
Lockton, 4.1 miles

Led by Margaret Ingham.

Sunday 29 November 09
Coneysthorpe, 10.6 miles

Led by Phil Trafford.
Rainy, but fun trudge around fields and tracks near Castle Howard.

Tuesday 25 November 09
Bransdale, Rudland Rigg, Shaw Ride. 5.6 miles. 
Harry solo, in very misty weather, across the tops of the moors near Cockayne, finishing at the tiny, isolated St Nicholas's Church.

Sunday 22 November 09
Hawsker, 9.6 miles.

Led by Bob Clutson.

Thursday 19 November 09
Ravenscar 4.2 miles

Led by Margaret Ingham
Over golf course and by Cleveland Way to Stoupe Brow, returning by old railway line.

Sunday 15 November 09
Whitby 10.3 miles

RA, led by Malcolm and Susan Hunter

The walk re-entered Whitby via the old railway viaduct, providing a much better conclusion than the one used for the Esk Valley Way.


Sunday 8 November 09
Snainton, 9.8 miles.

RA, led by Phil Trafford










Thursday November 5
Goathland-Beck Hole, 5.4 miles

Led by Margaret Ingham














Sunday October 24
Sleights - Grosmont, 9 miles.

RA walk led by Bob.
Outward leg followed of the course of the Esk Valley Way (but in the reverse direction) that Maureen and I walked earlier in the year.  Lunch on seats beside the Esk at Grosmont.






Pictures of Sleights-Grosmont-Sleights walk below by Judy Trafford.


Thursday October 22
Levisham, 3.9 miles.

Led by Margaret Ingham.













Sunday October 18
Goathland/Egton walk, 9 miles.

RA walk led by Malcolm and Sue.
Lunched by the stepping stones at Egton.












Sunday October 11.
Dinosaur footprints walk, 11.5 miles.

RA walk led by Richard.


Thursday October 8 2009
Blakey Ridge/Farndale 4.9 miles
Led by Margaret Ingham.













Sunday October 4 2009
Flask Inn-Harry's Folly-Fylingthorpe School-Flask Inn 8.9 miles

Circular RA walk led by Bob.

Sunday September 27 2009
Lealholm, 9.7 miles

Circular Scarborough RA walk, led by Judy Trafford, 10 walkers.












Thursday September 24 2009
Runswick Bay 5.8 miles

Circular walk led by Margaret Ingham from Runswick Bay, south along the Cleveland Way to Kettleness then back on the bed of the former railway line.

Sunday September 20 2009
Helmsley, 10.8 miles

A walk organised by Scarborough RA from Helmsley Youth Hostel, joining the route of the Tabular Hills Walk along Ash Dale, then north, before swinging through Forestry Commission land for fine views from a ridge.

Straightforward walking, mainly on surfaced tracks.





























Thursday September 17 2009
Wykeham, 9 miles.

We started with the intention of following a walk devised by a correspondent to the Scarborough Evening News, as an undemanding six miles along mainly level, surfaced ground from Wykeham.  We extended it to the south, then were unable to identify the left fork (arrowed on our map, left) from the vague instructions.  Instead, we continued along the surfaced lane and explored an inviting north-easterly diversion, whose continuation north to gain the A170 was obstructed.  We returned to the lane, then crossed the A170 and added a loop around Hutton Buscel before returning to the A170.  At this point, we were opposite the end of the lane by which we originally intended to exit, so we satisfied our curiosity by following the lane south-east to the arrowed point, then continuing to the A170, and by that road to our start point in Wykeham.  In all, a very enjoyable three hours in pleasant countryside.







Tuesday September 1 2009
Hadrian's Wall. 7.8 miles

We walked from Steel Rigg car park, near the Once Brewed Roman site, along field paths running parallel to the wall, before meeting the wall and turning into a gusty wind.

Lunch was taken in the lee of a valley, then we toured Housesteads, the best preserved fort on the wall.

The following section is shared by the Pennine Way, and several steep climbs and descents were made even more interesting by the wind.

We stuck to the heights, rather than taking the easy option of the accompanying Military Way, so that we could enjoy the views and the exercise.











Sunday August 30 2009
Bellingham. 7 miles.

We arrived yesterday at a cottage we were renting in Bellingham, Northumberland, for the week. This morning, we followed a 1.5 mile trail along a scenic valley to Hareshaw Linn, a romantically sited waterfall, then returned to the cottage for lunch.

This afternoon, we followed a farm track, moorland paths and a trail beside the River North Tyne on a circular route.

For some reason that I haven't yet fathomed, the GPS turned itself off about a mile and a half from the end of the walk, so this track is shown as a notional straight line.

Thursday August 27 2009

Cook Monument and Roseberry Topping. 7 miles.

Led by Margaret Ingham.  We parked at the end of the road from Westerdale and walked up to the Cook Monument, intercepting our earlier route on the Cleveland Way, then crossed to make another ascent of Roseberry Topping. Slight adventure with Poppy the dog.


Monday August 24 2009

Hutton-Le-Hole/Lastingham and Cawthorn Camp. 7 miles.

We wanted to visit the Roman camp site at Cawthorn, but to make the outing worthwhile, we first had a pleasant six-mile stroll in the Hutton-le-Hole area, taken from the North York Moors walks book.

We set off from Spaunton at about 11.15, timing the walk to get us to Hutton for lunch.

The last couple of miles followed the route of the Tabular Hills Walk that we completed this year.

We had cream scones and tea outside the Old Mill Café, then set off across fields, through woods and over moorland to Lastingham.

There we visited a church whose crypt included remnants of a 7th Century church, where we lit a candle in memory of Maureen's father, who died ten years ago this month.

We completed the circle to Spaunton then drove to Cawthorn, where we toured the impressive remains of the camp, guided by the book we bought at Rydale Folk Museum in Hutton.



Thursday August 13 2009

Hart Leap NZ734036 6.4 miles

A walk in the Great Fryupdale area. The six walkers were led by Margaret Ingham.



















Tuesday 28 July 2009

Station Road, Cloughton, 3 miles

RA, 3 miles

Saturday 25 July 2009

Whernside 7 miles

Sunday 26 July 2009

Ribblehead Viaduct 3 miles

Thursday 23 July

Wayrham picnic site 835568, 6 miles

Our regular Thursday walk was a very pleasant 6-mile ramble in the Thixendale area, with seven sociable companions.

Tea was rather rushed, as we were planning to join another party for a 6-mile walk in Raincliffe Woods and thereabouts.

However, when I quickly checked the diary to remind myself which car park was the start point, I saw that I'd got it wtong - this week, the venue was...

Station Lane, Cloughton. 3 miles

So off we went, arriving ten minutes early.  Twenty minutes later, there was no sign of anyone else, so we set off ourselves, doing an easy four miles along the railway line and cliffs.

When we returned home, I checked my diary again, and found I had still been a week ahead - we should have been at Langdale End Bridge.

Ah well, Cloughton next week, Raincliffe Woods the week after.

We're now preparing for tomorrow, when we set off for Ingleton.  We plan to walk up Whernside in the afternoon, before checking in to our B&B.  On Sunday, we join one of the organised walks over the Ribblehead Viaduct, which has been closed for the day for maintenance.

Sunday 19 July


11 miles, led by Rydale Group RA

Thursday 16 July

Lund Farm 609904 5 miles (H only)

Led by Peter (?)

Tuesday 14 July

Whisper Dales, 14.5 miles

Thursday 9 July

Canal museum, Northamptonshire, 9 miles.

Sunday 4 July

Lealholm 763076, 11.2 miles.


Thursday 2 July

Castleton moors, 9 miles.

Sunday 28 June

Runswick Bay, 10 miles

Scarborough RA

Thursday 25 June

Lythe Bank 846131, 6 miles

Led by Margaret Ingham

Sea Life Centre, 6 miles

Led by Anne (?)

Sunday 21 June

Wheeldale Bridge-Goathland-Needle Point, 11 miles

Thursday 18 June

Hawnby PO 542894, 7 miles

Led by Margaret Ingham

Tuesday 16 June

Holbeck car park, 5 miles

Scarborough RA









Thursday 11 June

Commondale, 664106

Led by Margaret Ingham.

Thursday 28 May

Chop Gate 558994

Led by Margaret Ingham

Sunday 24 May

Rievaulx Abbey, 12 miles

Scarborough RA

Thursday 21 May

Pockley 635855

Led by Margaret Ingham

Sunday 17 May

High Hawsker 11.5 miles

Scarborough RA

Thursday 14 May

Kirkham Priory 735658

Led by Margaret Ingham

Sunday 10 May

Falcon Inn - Harwood Dale Forest - Grainary tea room, 4 miles

Thursday 7 May

Thorntondale-Low Dalby-Howldale, 10.5 miles

Thursday 30 April

Hunt House 814991

Led by Margaret Ingham

Thursday 23 April

Egton Station 805054

Led by Margaret Ingham

Thursday 9 April

Low Mill, Farndale 673953

Led by Margaret Ingham

Thursday 26 March

Wykeham Forest 939899

Led by Margaret Ingham

Thursday 12 March

Rosedale 724955

Led by Margaret Ingham

Thursday 26 February

Cloughton Station 012941

Led by Margaret Ingham

Thursday 12 February

Staindale Lake 879905

Led by Margaret Ingham

Thursday January 29

Welburn 718861

Led by Margaret Ingham

Thursday January 15

Lockton Cemetery 847899

Led by Margaret Ingham

Thursday January 8

Kirkbymoorside 696867

Led by Margaret Ingham

July 31 2008

Raincliffe Woods 5 miles

We've been spending some time exploring Raincliffe Woods, which run between Throxenby Mere and Forge Valley.  (My wife Maureen is pictured emerging into the sunlight from one of the paths.)

A couple of weeks ago, we followed one of the trails waymarked by the woods' friends group - at least, we started following it, but we missed one of the markers, and walked rather further than intended.

There are two walks of about three to four miles.

Our latest waymarked walked was a figure-of-eight, from Green Gate car park to the rim of Forge Valley.

During the first mile or so, we encountered quite a few dog walkers, but from that point, we had the woods to ourselves.

It's a marvellous time of year to be in the woodland.  Two months ago, we were walking in Canadian forest, following local advice to whistle, sing or chat loudly, to warn any hungry bears of our presence.  In Raincliffe, however, rustling in the undergrowth was a cause for interest, rather than alarm, but we never did spot any of many creatures we disturbed.

Had these woods been on my doorstep when I was a boy, I would have spent much of the school summer holidays there, building dens, and playing adventurous games with friends.  I would have been nagging my parents constantly until three or four of us were given permission to sleep out, under a home-made shelter.

What on earth do youngsters do nowadays to let off energy and develop their senses of adventure and imagination?