North York Moors CAM

 

Sunday 18th February 2001

Weather: Sunny but a bit hazy - another lovely day though

Today's walk - Saltburn - Warsett Hill - Skelton

( 9 miles )


 

Today's walk with some of my work colleagues begins at the Ship Inn, Saltburn (Grid Ref. 669 216)

From there we join the Cleveland Way path and climb the steps up to the cliff top path

 

Here we look back west towards Saltburn - the constant erosion of these cliffs is obvious from the photo
- great care must be taken on the more exposed parts of the way

 

We come across some strange metal sculptures further on - I haven't a clue why they're here

The railway in the background is the mineral line serving the Cleveland Potash Mine at Boulby
- in more romantic times, steam trains carried passengers from Saltburn to Whitby on a glorious journey

 

Looking south-east into the sun and haze we get a good view of Cattersty Sands, Skinningrove Jetty,
Hummersea Cliff and in the far distance, Boulby Cliffs

 

At Grid Ref. 699 213 we leave the Cleveland Way path and after carefully crossing the railway line
we climb steeply up Warsett Hill . . .

 

. . . to enjoy the superb views along the coast from the trig point - it's much better on a less hazy day

( Brian seems content enough though . . . )

 

From Warsett Hill we follow a track south along the edge of the golf course and after passing through
part of the village of Brotton we cross the A174 near the Gree Tree pub (Grid Ref. 692 198)
and continue south along Kilton Lane for about a mile

The old pit wheel above has been sited on the new roundabout where the recently opened
Brotton by-pass crosses Kilton Lane - it's a fitting memorial to the thousands of men who once worked
in the ironstone mining industry which dominated East Cleveland's employment for over 100 years

 

At Grid Ref. 693 189 we turn right and follow a path west across the fields soon reaching the
ruins of one of the above mentioned pits - Lumpsey Mine (Grid Ref. 686 186)

 

From Lumpsey we again cross the railway line and follow the track west towards the
village of North Skelton where I was born and lived for 37 years

Here we look back north-east across farmland (and a good muck heap!) towards Brotton
(Warsett Hill can just be seen to the left of the white house prominent on the centre horizon)

Believe it or not, the field in the foreground was where I played my first games of football
- the pitch was then grazed by cattle and it was more difficult dribbling around the 'cow-pats' than the opposition!

 

As we passed through my old village it was sad to see the delapidated states
of some of the once immaculately tended allotments where my Dad grew delicious fresh vegetables for our dinner plates

From North Skelton we follow Machine Lane ('Mucky Lane' to locals) until it meets Stanghow Road
- here (Grid ref. 668 182) we turn right along the road for about 100 yards then left up Trouthall Lane
Near the top of Trouthall Lane we turn right and follow a track until we rejoin the Cleveland Way path
for the rest of our return route to Saltburn

 

From the top of The Hills looking north-west we enjoy a good view of my present home village of Skelton

I live to the left of the tall white building (The Duke William pub) which is centre-left in the photograph
Skelton Castle is in the right-centre of the picture and Errington Woods are on the hill in the far distance
Redcar and the North Sea are usually clearly visible but not in today's hazy conditions

 

From Skelton we follow the Cleveland Way north across fields, then through Crow Wood
and over Skelton Beck passing beneath the huge arches of the railway viaduct

 

Continuing on through Rigg Wood we soon reach the Valley Gardens
where some of my colleagues are enjoying a sit-down and a rest in the sunshine

 

From the Valley Gardens it's only a short stroll back to the sea front where we enjoyed a pint in the Ship Inn

 



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