North York Moors CAM
Sunday 29th May 2000
( cool and mainly cloudy )
Today's short walk: Skelton to Saltburn ( 2½ miles )
Our short walk begins today from near where I live - the village green at Skelton ( Grid Ref: 655 188 )
In the centre foreground is the War Memorial and just behind the right hand traffic light is an ancient ' whipping stone '
A short stroll east along Skelton High Street brings us onto the Cleveland Way long distance trail
For the next couple
of miles or so we follow the Cleveland Way north to Saltburn
- here, just beyond the village, we see (and smell) hawthorn in blossom
At this time of year, everywhere is greenery - here we follow the path into Crow Wood . . .
. . . and glimpse the massive Victorian railway viaduct which spans the valley of Skelton Beck
Looking back upstream Skelton Beck from the footbridge below the viaduct
We continue along the path and into Rigg Wood . . .
. . . before emerging above the Valley Gardens - past their Spring best but awaiting the planting of Summer flower beds
The path continues to run parallel with the beck . . .
. . . across which
we see the miniature railway back in action for the summer season
carrying passengers from the sea front to the Valley Gardens
Soon after we get our first glimpse of the day of the North Sea across the valley bottom
On reaching the sea front we come to Old Saltburn and the Ship Inn
Looking in the opposite direction from the 'boat park' we see the more 'modern' buildings of Victorian Saltburn
Saltburn Pier was closed today - it has received a 'Lottery Grant' to help restore it to its former glory - work continues
Although it is Bank Holiday weekend, the promenade is quiet, due no doubt to the unfavourable cool weather
Saltburn Pier with Hunt Cliff and Warsett Hill beyond
The cliff tramway was back in action
A final look back down towards the Ship Inn and Hunt Cliff
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