Cleveland Way Walk

3rd to 12th September 2016

Start Point: Helmsley Market Cross, North Yorkshire Finish Point: Filey Brigg
Distance: 116.5 miles Ascent: 18,247 feet
Time: 10 days
Places Passed
en Route:

 

Day 1: Helmsley to Sutton Bank via Rievaulx Bridge, Cold Kirby, and The White Horse.
Day 2: Sutton Bank to Osmotherley via Whitestone Cliff, High Paradise Farm, White Gill Head, and Oakdale.
Day 3: Osmotherley to Clay Bank via Arncliffe Wood, Scugdale, Carlton Bank, Lords Stone, Cringle End, Wain Stones, and Hasty Bank.
Day 4: Clay Bank to Nwton under Roseberry vis Urra Moor, Bleworth Crossing, Tidy Brown Hill, Battersby Moor, Kildale, Captain Cook’s Monument, Gribdale, Newton Moor, and Roseberry Topping.
Day 5: Newton under Roseberry to Saltburn via Roseberry Common, Hutton Moor, Highcliff Nab, Guisborough Woods, Charltons, Airy Hill Farm, Skelton and Skelton Beck.
Day 6: Saltburn to Staithes via Huntcliff, Cattersty Sands, Hummersea Point, Loftus Alum Quarries and Boulby.
Day 7: Staithes to Whitby via Port Mulgrave, Lingrow Cliffs, Runswick Bank Top and Bay, Hob Holes, Kettleness Farm, Overdale, Sandsend and Whitby West Cliff.
Day 8: Whitby to Robin Hoods Bay via Blackburn’s Yard, Donkey Trail, Whitby Abbey, Saltwick Bay, Whitby Fog Station, and Oakham Beck.
Day 9: Robin Hoods Bay to Scarborough via the Beach, Stoupe Beck, Peak Alum Works, Ravenscar, Hayburn Wyke, Cloughton Wyke, Long Nab and Scalby Mills.
Day 10: Scarborough to Filey Brigg via Scarborough Castle, The Spa, Holbeck Gardens, Wheatcroft Cliff, Cayton Bay, Lebberston Cliff, Gristhorpe Cliff, Newbiggin Cliff and North Cliff.

 

Weather:

On Day 1 it rained heavily from about 11am for the rest of the day. On Day 2 there were showers through the day, although not as heavy as the previous day. The view west from the top of Sutton Bank is claimed to be the best view in England, however on neither day did we see it at its best. From Day 3 to the end the weather was fine, dry and warm with occasional strong blustery winds. Views across the moors and up and down the coast were extensive and outstanding. These were 8 days of perfect walking weather

 

Comments:

The holiday(!) was booked through Contours whom we have used for previous ventures. They once again provided us with good accommodation and Sherpa delivered our luggage despite Sutton Bank being closed for a week for re-surfacing. On two nights our hosts drove us to local pubs for meals. Elsewhere there was a good choice of eating places.
Helmsley does not have a rail station and the bus service from the nearest station at Malton has been axed. We therefore took the train to York and bus to Helmsley. We returned by Train from Filey. All our transport connections worked well.
Waymarking of the route was excellent. The national trail acorn was everywhere, supplemented on parts of the coastal path by English Coastal Path markers. Paths and tracks were well used and well worn. The busiest stretch was between Whitby and Robin Hoods Bay.
The North Yorkshire Moors National Park Authority produces a “passport” for Cleveland Way walkers to be stamped at various points en route. On completion walkers receive a “certificate” and a questionnaire. Unfortunately not all the “stamping points” are still open. In particular North Yorkshire County Council has closed all of its Tourism/Visitor centres.
The heather was just past its best but still provided vibrant colour. There were plenty of grouse about and particularly on Day 1 we saw lots of pheasants. On coastal cliffs we saw fulmars.

The official start of the Cleveland way is at the market cross in Helmsley

We passed within a mile of Rievaulx Abbey, arguably the finest of several ruined abbeys in Yorkshire

Gormire Lake below Whitestone Cliff is the only lake of any significance in the North Yorkshire Moors National Park

Heading out onto a moorland path at Knolls End

Scrambling up the Wain Stones

On top of the Wain Stones

Captain Cook's Monument above Great Ayton was reached despite a stop for coffee and walnut cake and tea in Kildale

Day 4 finished with the ascent and descent of Roseberry Topping

On top of Roseberry Topping

Looking back over Hutton Moor, near Highcliff Farm

As we approached Saltburn through the woods along Skelton Beck we walked under the magnificent, brick-built Saltburn railway viaduct

Saltburn pier, where Inspector George Gently
found a body on the beach

A monument to the iron and steel industry in Skinningrove

Showers were around but missed us in the Skinningrove area

Approaching Cattersty Sands and Skinningrove jetty

Descending to Boulby with Staithes a further mile on

On arriving in Cowbar, Staithes was just across the beck

No panic! There was a weekend arts festival in Staithes

Looking back to Staithes from a newly- opened stretch of the English Coastal Path

The shape of Kettleness reflects the extensive Alum quarrying that once took place here

Runswick Bay is an old fishing village and one of the gems of this coastline

The climb up to Kettleness Farm was typical of the undulations of the Cleveland Way as we went down the coast

Whitby Abbey as seen through the jawbones of a whale

The south bank of the River Esk in Whitby is riddled with alleys and yards.
This is Blackburn's Yard which we walked through

Whitby harbour mouth. We were told that 4 different kinds of whale
could be seen off the coast at Whitby

Robin Hood's Bay had marked the end of our Coast to Coast walk,
but there were two further days on the Cleveland Way

We left RHB by the beach and just passed Boggle Hole before the tide came in

At Hayburn Wyke

When we climbed out of Hayburn Wyke we could see Scarborough Castle in the distance

Approaching Scarborough along the North Bay promenade from Scalby Mills

Looking back across Scarborough's South Bay from Holbeck Gardens

When we reached the Newbiggin Cliffs we knew the end was nigh!

The end of the walk at Filey Brigg. Three happy walkers!

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