A day of two halves. Firstly a final stretch over the flat farmland of the Vale of Mowbray and then a wet walk along the Cleveland escarpment as I entered the third and final national park – the North York Moors.
This was also the day I passed 150 miles and 3/4 of the walk distance.
I left Welbury and crossed under the Middlesbrough railway line – saw a Grand Central train passing.
I then walked alongside the railway for a short way, striking up a conversation with a network rail track walker who asked if I was doing the C2C!
Unfortunately one of the disbenefits of diverting slightly off the main path (to avoid the flat crossing of the A19 – more on that later) is that the paths tend to be much less used. This path disappeared into a tall meadow! Very slow going.
Indeed the stile was almost lost to nature!
I eventually fought my way through to this lane. The cows seemed to be the farmer’s prize livestock.
I met up with uncle for a short walk through the affluent village of West Rounton.
This is East Rounton a short hop across the fields.
East Rounton is a model village, constructed for Sir Isaac Lowthian Bell, the ironmaster on his estate near Rounton Grange.
This is the lodge. Impressive.
So, back to the reason for going off piste for the last hour yesterday and this morning. The original route crosses the busy A19 dual carriageway at Ingleby Arncliffe on the flat. This is patently dangerous and there is a campaign for a bridge to be built. However one mile north there is this bridge.
Fancy running across this road? Not I. It’s absolutely crazy that thousands of walkers do so each year.
So having crossed on the safe bridge, I headed back to the main route. This started well.
But soon I was back to the lightly used path problem and fighting my way through the jungle!
But these daisies were pretty at the end of that field.
This house had its own golf hole. Nice.
Heading for the hills!
These horses including a tiny Shetland said hello.
Via a ford that had luckily been bridged.
But whilst I was stopped it started raining. I pushed on with a visit to the remains of Whorlton castle, built in the 12th century – the gatehouse is quite striking.
More info here if interested: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whorlton_Castle
The path then led uphill to a farm which had installed an impressive wind turbine.
A little further on and I was in the NYM national park and climbing up the Cleveland escarpment.
Once above a certain height the heather moors came into sight.
But it was wet!
Some grouse led me on for a while.
On a clear day this would be fabulous.
The boundary markers reflect the names of the ancient owners. A this side.
And F this side.
The path climbed up to a summit.
Looking back, I could just see where I had come from on the escarpment.
And this was the view from the summit trig point.
I didn’t linger. This was the way down.
I met up with uncle on the way down and retired for a hot chocolate at the lord stones cafe. I also met up with Ed and Rufus again (see day 1) and gave him the strawberries (see yesterday).
Stats for the day. 11.2 miles with 1365ft of ascent up to a summit at 1235ft