Running Up That Hill

C2C – Day 14: Friday 15 April – INGLEBY CROSS to CLAY BANK TOP (13 miles)

Ingleby Cross . . .
. . . on a glorious morning

Let’s start today with a thank you, to Jane at Ingleby House Farm, for a wonderful breakfast and for supporting our C2C Walk and Parkinson’s UK. Thank you, and for a comfortable night’s stay in Engleby, which roughly translated from the nordic means ‘village of the Englishmen’. We certainly felt very much at home.

Today we climbed up onto our third National Park, the North York Moors. Alone on the trail we made good time through the forest in the cool of the morning to the staccato sound of woodpeckers. Presently these woods gave way to a moorland footpath, where our approach was greeted by the song of skylarks, and by the scuttling of several common lizards.

The facts and figures at the Park House signpost – we will see in a few days how these stats compare with our own!
Up on the moors, . . .
. . . and looking along the top of the scarps
The LWW mark on these wayside stones refers to the traditional 38-mile coffin carriage route known as the Lyke Wake Walk from Osmotherly to Ravenscar on the North Sea coast

What we hadn’t realised, on perusing the maps last night, was that our initial climb today was to be only the first of five significant ascents, totalling 910 metres. In terms of the aggregate climb this placed our day’s walk second only to our mammoth trek out of the Lakes from Patterdale.

Rob on the tops
A Bronze Age burial mound next to our path
Wonderful views eastwards . . .
. . . and northwards, as far as Teesside
Our path up to our fifth and final peak of the day . . .
. . . through the Wain Stones!

After our descent to Clay Bank Top we hailed our lift down to The Buck Inn at Chop Gate from landlord Wolfgang. Here we met our old friends Rick and Eleanor, and we were guided through an excellent range of German beers, followed by schnitzel for dinner.

Enjoying the Good Friday sunshine at the Buck Inn with Rick and Eleanor, . . .
. . . and a near-full moon setting over the Moors

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