North York Moors CAM

 

Saturday 30th December 2000

( Weather: wonderful for the time of year )

Today's walk: Great Ayton - Captain Cook's Monument

( 7 miles )


 

Today we joined some work colleagues and their families for our annual ' Christmas Walk '

We set off from the village of Great Ayton across the snow covered fields
- our destination, Captain Cook's Monument, can be seen straight ahead on the top of Easby Moor

 

As we climbed the south-western slopes of Easby Moor the sun began to shine warm & brightly
and those of us who had come prepared and ' wrapped up' were soon beginning to peel off our top layers!

 

However, it was well worth the effort as we enjoyed some superb views south-west towards the Cleveland Hills

 

The same view from a bit further on

 

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Then we enjoyed about a mile of walking through the forest and Mill Bank Wood . . .

 

. . .

. . . before emerging at Bankside Farm and joining the Cleveland Way path to Captain Cook's Monument

 

Just before we reach the Monument we get a good view back east to Kildale . . .

 

. . . before joining the gathering 'crowd' who were enjoying well-earned refreshments by the Monument itself

 

The top of Easby Moor was a popular place to be today

No wonder with views in the bright sunshine such as this, south to Urra Moor . . .

 

. . . south-west to the Cleveland Hills . . .

 

. . . and north to Cleveland's most prominent landmark, Roseberry Topping

 

We then descended the track to Gribdale Gate

Yes, that shadow's my legs, . . . no, I'm not on stilts!

 

From Gribdale Gate we followed the path down to the houses of Gribdale Terrace . . .

 

. . . enjoying watching the kids sledging in the fields alongside

 

The wild birds hadn't left a scrap from this morning's ' breakfast '

 

Before long we were soon back to the rows of stone cottages in Great Ayton . . .

 

. . . and the little church in its picturesque surroundings

 

On the way home, the last of the late afternoon sun's rays catch the slopes of Roseberry Topping

 


 

May I take this opportunity to thank all of you who have visited North York Moors CAM,

and I wish you all

A VERY HAPPY, PEACEFUL AND PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR !

 


 

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