Saturday 25 June 2011

Tabular Hills Walk - Day 2.

Mist and drizzle above Troutsdale Brow

We set off just after 09:00 from our finish point last night, in light drizzle and mist, with a forecast of much the same for the rest of the day. We followed the Troutsdale escarpment along to the Cockmoor Dykes, the first of several Iron Age monuments along the route. The view down Troutsdale from here was disappointing due to the low cloud, so we continued on to Givendale Head Farm and into Dalby Forest.

In Cockmoor Hall Plantation

Morning! - pigs near Givendale Head Farm

We passed several campsites set up for those who came to see the concerts in Dalby over the weekend. They all looked a bit damp and a bit hung over!

The weather started to improve as we reached the viewpoint at Crosscliff and along Crosscliff Brow and Old Wife's Way.

Blakey Topping from Newgate Brow
RAF Fylingdales from Newgate Brow

The usual expansive views at Saltergate, which just got better by the minute as the sun came out.

The Hole of Horcum - stream sapping or Wade the Giant?

Hal and Rafe by Dundale Pond

We started to see more people about as we crossed Levisham Moor, including a 12 week old black lab and its owners. The puppy was massive, he's going to be a big un. Lunch was enjoyed by all, on a bench in Levisham, in the sun, overlooking Levisham Brow.

Levisham village

Rafe and Hal wait for Lunch by Levisham

The heat increased as we descended into the mud and slipped and squelched along to Farwath.

Farwath Church

We crossed the river and the railway line here, to be informed by an earnest 6 year old that a train was coming from Pickering and I needed to stop and watch. This I did. He was staying with his granddad, who lives in the adjacent cottage.

Steam train at Farwath Crossing, Newtondale

Up the steep hill to Newton on Rawcliffe in the heat over and back down Newton Bank to Stony Moor.

Newtondale from Newton Banks

Stony Moor was delightful, heather, self seeded birch and pine and lots of stones - it reminded me of parts of Scotland.  

Stony Moor

Through Stape and then south past High Cawthorne and a lovely meadow and through a lovely stand of mixed woodland to Keldy Banks.
Meadow at High Cawthorne

Once again a bit of road walking, a slog after 20+ miles, to the end of the day at Cropton Church.

West from Keldy Banks

I had been suffering with a bit of a blister since lunchtime and despite applying a compeed, it had turned into a superblister (anything over 2 inches is a superblister). Day 3 of the Tabular Hills Walk will have to wait!!

Cropton Church

Route: Entrance to Forestry Commission Nurseries, Wykeham Forest (SE928879), SW, Cockmoor Hall, Givendale Head Farm, N then NE on Ebberston Low Moor, Crosscliff viewpoint, Crosscliff Brow, Old Wife's Way, Saltergate, bridleway over Levisham Moor, Limsey Gate Lane, Levisham, Farwath Church, Farwath, Farwath Road, East Brow Road, Newton on Rawcliffe, bridleway N down Newton Banks, Stoney Moor, bridleway to Stape, Peat Road,  S past High Cawthorne, to Keldy Banks, S to Bradley Road, W to Cropton Church (SE756894)

Stats: Distance - 34.5km  Ascent - 580m  Time - 7.55

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