Friday, 22 March 2013

A-Walking: Mickleby Hole to Saltburn via Staithes

Our three walks on Sunday, 17th March, each took place in the north-eastern area of the North York Moors. The A-walk started at Mickleby Hole, the B-Walk set off from Calais House and the C-Walk commenced at Freebrough. All of the walks finished in Saltburn.
The A-Walk was led by Peter Cull (pictured below). There were eight walkers in the group; we covered a distance of 14.5 miles. Some changes had to be made to the initial section of the route - due to erosion of the footpaths and the very muddy conditions under foot.
Peter Cull - A-Walk leader

Setting off from our drop-off location at Mickleby Hole, we headed north along Coverdale Lane in order to reach the dismantled railway at {NZ 807 151}. Turning left along this, we made our way to the minor road at {NZ 803 156} which took us into Runswick Bank Top . We stopped here for a short coffee-break.
From Runswick, we followed the route of the Cleveland Way in a north-westerly direction in order to reach Port Mulgrave and the small village of Staithes - where we stopped for our lunch-break sitting on the harbour wall.
Continuing our trek along the Cleveland Way, we made our way along Cowbar Lane towards Boulby. After several ascents and descents, we arrived at Skinningrove. At this point we had just caught up with the B-Group. We stopped here for a short tea-stop.
After leaving Skinningrove, the final section of the walk took us along some of the high cliffs of the north-east coastline - Cattersty Cliff and Hunt Cliff. Between these we passed by Warsett Hill (on our left). We arrived at Saltburn-by-the-Sea at about 15:30 - just as it started to rain!
A selection of some of the photos that we took during today's walking expedition can be seen by clicking on the pink button below:

Many thanks to Jane Thompson and Phil Barker for taking the photographs.



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