This year’s walking holiday began at a new venue, Wydale Hall near Snainton with 27 walkers. On arrival both groups set off to explore the area. Ivan's group doing a short walk and Margaret taking the other group via Ebberston and the YWT reserve at Chafer Wood back to Wydale hall.
Tuesday saw both groups heading for Scalby with the short walk climbing up by Scalby Nabs to take in distant views of the sea and Scarborough Castle. After negotiating muddy paths and a field full of cows calves and a bull, something the other walkers also encountered although not the same ones,they returned via the "Sea Cut". The long walk joined for the day by four members of the Striders took in woods, open country, streams, wooded gullies and mud. In fact it was like a cross between "The Lost World" and "Indiana Jones".
Wednesday saw the short walk starting at Pickering and continuing along the North York's Railway line with afternoon tea being taken at Bothams. The long walk started at Thornton le Dale and went to the visitor centre and then through Dalby forest. In the evening we were treated to a memorable performance of Nelson and Hardy by those two thespians Rush and Kendal and an entertaining reading by Sue concerning the delights of a rural W. C.
Thursday and it was the Hole of Horcum. The short walk (not so short at seven miles and joined by a member of the walkers who drove over for the day) followed a grassy path across Levisham Moor to The Horsehoe pub where with the permission of the Landlord the packed lunch was enjoyed along with liquid refreshment!! Something also enjoyed by the other group eventually. The return route along Limpsey Gate Lane eventually took the walkers past the ruined Horcum Farm ( unbelievably occupied up to 1966) and ended via a steep climb back at the car park. The long walk took in a rather different route going across moorland via Skelton Tower and some stunning views of the valley through which the railway ran eventually arriving at The Horseshoe pub. The return route was the same as the short walk although a display of shepherding by quad bike and Land Rover was included. A walk of about eight miles actually turned out to be over 12 miles and unlike the other walk was very MUDDY in places despite the weather on the day itself being very good.
Friday and most people headed for home although some did stop at the visitor centre at Sutton Bank for a walk down to Gormire Lake via Whitestone Cliff and then into the woods and eventually returning via the White Horse and the gliding club. The venue and walks were enjoyed by all and thanks must go to Ruth and Chris for organising it.
Richard and Barbara
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