Thursday, 18 October 2012

C2C stage 12: Blakey Ridge to Grosmont

This day 13 of the holiday. Almost 2 weeks out on the track. I wonder how well we have coped!

Blakey Ridge (400m) to Grosmont (50m)
Distance 15 miles/24km - Long moderate. - Height Gain 100m/330ft - 6 hours

We depart at 9:00am and should reach Grosmont around 3pm.

Our starting point is at the 161.5 mile point and we finish the day at the 175 mile mark:

For those who enjoy cosy English villages hidden amongst the gentlest, most bucolic scenery the country has to offer, the stroll down the Esk Valley from Glaisdale to Grosmont may be the best section of this walk. The nostalgic 60s village booby TV show, Heartbeat, was filmed near here.

The route takes us across areas with great names: Fat Betty, where tradition requires you to both take and leave a snack or sweet;  Great Fryup and Glaisdale Moor.

High on the moors we follow a road for a few miles before returning to tracks through the heathers. Another road walk and then the route takes a broad disused track gradually descending Glaisdale Moor into Glaisdale village but not before tracking along Glaisdale Rigg past various standing stones and a particularly well-hewn boundary marker. The North Sea should have been sighted as we head towards Glaisdale.

The village of Glaisdale sprawls across its lofty perch above the Esk Valley.

We leave Glaisdale and the route, never far from the River Esk, passes through East Arncliffe Wood to Egton Bridge where it follows a once toll road through the private estate of Egton Manor to Grosmont.

The North York Moors Railway's steam train leaves Grosmont between four and eight time a day depending on teh season. Some trains are drawn by a diesel engine rather than a steam engine. The trains go to Whitby (20 minutes) and to Middlesborough (70 minutes). There is a train that leaves Grosmont at 4:35pm and arrives in Whitby at 5pm. The return train leaves Whitby at 5:30pm and arrives in Grosmont at 5:50pm. The cost for a senior retun is £9.

There is a pub serving evening meals, a few cafes and shops inthe village (of Grosmont)

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