Day 14 – Egton Bridge to High Hawsker

Last night the weather took a nasty turn with heavy thunderstorms. Luckily long after I had finished walking. 

We ate at the Arncliffe arms and in the menu was this info about Beggars bridge. 

So after a game of pool, I went down to have a look once the rain had stopped. 

The ford (luckily not on the route) was impassable. 

I had a good look at beggar’s bridge. 

I did a bit of planning overnight to find ways around the fords on my route should it be necessary. 

Next morning we started back at Egton bridge. 

And walked around Egton Manor until we (uncle  and I) came upon this lovely old sign. 

There was quite a herd in this field!!

The ford at Grosmont (luckily also not on the route). It was hard to see where the ford was supposed to be. We met a guy doing the Esk valley walk, camping nearby, who said the marker was up to 4 (feet?) overnight. 

We crossed on the bridge. 

Grosmont had done its bit for le tour!

Walking along the Main Street, I stopped to buy a sausage roll and then we popped into the NYMR. Well it would be rude not to. 

I had timed it so we saw two trains passing. Firstly 76079 appeared. 

And then 61264. 

Uncle walked back to his car and, after watching the B1 depart, I got myself ready for the big hill ahead. 

Hard to show on photos, but the road sign says it all. You can also see the hill on the elevation graph at the bottom of this post. Hard work!

But the views were lovely. 

More hill!

I stopped at this well positioned bench. 

And then I had a confirmed sighting of the sea. Queue mini celebration. 


More hill. 

Yes that’s definitely the sea!

More hill. 

At the summit the moors and the purple heather were lovely. 

The final stretch across the moors was a bit boggy but the rain had also created some interesting patterns between the sand and peat. 

The next bit (for about 300m) was alongside a busy A road. 


And at the side of the road was this…. Burnt out caravan?

Then I headed downhill across the moor towards Littlebeck. This was the place I was most concerned about as the ford is in the centre of the village, in a steep valley. 

Before that though the views were lovely. 

4 classic cars passed me. I managed this photo of the back of the last car. 

At Littlebeck I need not have worried as there was a footbridge with this view. 

And somehow the ford was dry!

The walk then took me through beautiful woodland. 


With shale cliffs. 

The track headed uphill alongside the river and waterfalls came into view. 

And in places timber walkways had been provided to avoid the boggy ground. 

More uphill!

The hermitage was an intriguing find. It also had seats on top. 


After a beguiling set of footpath options I eventually got to Falling Foss, 30 mins before it closed for a wedding. A recent tree fall was found. 

Some friendly walkers kindly took this of me with the Falling Foss falls. 

Then it was a rocky path alongside the river, popular with dog walkers. 

Before the path switched back and rose up above the woods. 


Hawsker on the sign posts! Getting there. 

But now it was a return to the boggy ground. 

In places there were walkways provided and the footpath had been diverted to help. 

The sea was getting ever closer. 

Uncle then joined me for a mile over the moors (boggy moors). 

Nice bit of graffiti. 


Uncle took this before he returned to his car. 

This ‘lane’ led me down to the final mile on road  

Robin Hood’s Bay on the road signs. Almost there. 

But the road had a few ups and downs first.


The rest of the family had made their way up to Hawsker on the train/bus. The kids spotted me and it was a great reunion. 

Some family photos. 


Stats for the day. 13.1 miles with ascent of 1782ft to a summit of 932ft. 

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