Friday, 13 September 2013

A-Walking: Scalby to the Flask Inn via Broxa Forest

Our three walks on Sunday, 8th September all took place in the Scarborough area of the North York Moors.The A-Walk set off from Scalby, the B-Walk started in Burniston while the C-Walk set off a little further north from Cloughton. All of the walks finished at the Flask Inn.
The A-Walk was led by Phil Barker - pictured below. There were five walkers in the group; the distance covered was 16.8 miles. The weather was spectacular!
Phil Barker - A-Walk leader

From our drop-off location near the cross-roads in Scalby, we headed in a westerly direction through the Hay Brow area of the village in order to reach the first of our four climbs. This took us up onto the high ground near Northfield Farm. From here we made our way across pleasant farmland to Silpho. Continuing in a south-westerly direction, we dropped down through Haggland Wood in order to reach a track near Low Dales Farm. Turning right, onto this track, we headed north to reach Whisper Dales where we stopped for a short lunch break.
After lunch we entered into our second climb - up into Broxa Forest. We then headed north through the forest in order to make our way to Ward Hill. As we descended towards Lownorth Bridge, we had some wonderful views of Harwood Dale and the terrain to the north of us which we yet had to cover. Our third climb was a long, drawn-out, gradual ascent that took us from Lownorth Bridge and finished at Burn Howe Rigg on High Moor. About half-way through the climb, we stopped for a short tea-break near Brown Hill.
From our tea-stop location we continued on a north-westerly bearing over High Moor until we reached a track at {SE 901 991}. We turned right onto this and followed it in an easterly direction to the cairn on Burn Howe - and onwards to reach Jugger Howe Beck. After crossing the beck we started our final ascent. This involved a very steep climb initially and then a more gradual one as we approached the A171 road. Turning left along the road, we made our way to our final destination at the Flask Inn.
Many thanks to Phil for leading a splendid walk.
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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