North York Moors CAM

Wednesday 27th December 2000

( weather: crisp, bright & sunny )

Today's Walk - Skelton and Saltburn in the snow

( 4 miles )


At first today, I'd only planned walking around my home village of Skelton to take a few snaps in the snow that fell yesterday
but it was such a beautiful crisp, clear day, I couldn't resist a walk through the woods to nearby Saltburn

I sometimes think these lovely little stone cottages above, on Church Lane, Skelton were meant for days like this . . .


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. . . and similarly the old All Saint's Church, no longer used as a place for regular worship,
but still remaining a consecrated building, maintained by the Redundant Churches Fund


I joined the kids as they dragged their sledges up the lanes to the Skelton Hills . . .


. . . enjoying fine views east across towards the village of Brotton and Boulby Cliffs . . .


. . . and then north over Skelton itself, with Skelton Castle in the centre of the photo
and the towns of Marske and Redcar in the far distance
( The old church we visited earlier can just be seen amongst the trees, left-centre )

A bank of fog hovered menacingly above the distant North Sea but, thankfully, remained there for the rest of the day


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Descending from the hills we follow a winding country lane that leads us to . . .


. . . Skelton Pond, today completely frozen over with not a duck, goose or swan in sight


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The shapes and wonders of nature help make photography easy in these conditions


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From the pond, we join the nearby Cleveland Way long-distance path
and follow it for the next 2 miles to Saltburn, through Skelton Woods . . .


. . . and across the footbridge over Skelton Beck and the nearby weir . . .


. . . passing beneath the arches of the massive Victorian-built railway viaduct, seen here looking back


Another mile or so further on and we arrive at the Italian Valley Gardens, Saltburn
- with today's covering of snow they resembled the layout of a child's toy train set


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A little further up the valley are all that remains of the Ha'penny Bridge
- a once massive steel structure built in the Victorian era that spanned the entire width of the valley


From there we soon arrive at brightly painted fishing boats of Saltburn by-the-Sea


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No visit to Saltburn is complete without a photograph of Hunt Cliff and The Ship Inn

( As you can see, the snow has even left a sprinkling on the beach rocks and pebbles )


A final look back towards Cat Nab in the mid distance with Hunt Cliff above and beyond and to its right, Warsett Hill



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