An owl hoots through the night again. Maybe Iím beginning to dream it or maybe there are a great many owls in these parts.We have a late start, feeling a bit sluggish after the rigours of yesterday but are soon refreshed once out on the hills. We ascend carr ridge and look back to yesterdayís descent of Hasty Bank
Once atop Urra Moor we can see virtually the whole of yesterday's walk.
The summit of Urra Moor is the highest point on the Cleveland Hills.We follow the old road over Urra Moor which leads down to the disused railway track which we follow all the way to the Lion Inn, Blakey. It curves and seems to continue forever in the distance. The walking is easy but there is little of interest when you have seen enough heather. We plod on with nothing to distract us from the heat. We are pleased when finally, we see the Lion Inn, Blakey on the horizon. We reward ourselves with a pint of shandy - and another. We put up the tent and return to the inn for dinner and, well, another shandy. We order breakfast for the morning and return to the tent. It is covered in crane flies - rather large crane flies. We crawl into the tent and all the crane flies are silhouetted on the inner tent like something out of a horror movie!
Day 16. Blakey to Glaisdale - 10 miles
We pack our sacks, carefully removing crane flies as we go, and enjoy a delicious breakfast at the inn, including black pudding which I try for the first time. With full tummies, we shake the flies out of the tent and leave the Lion Inn at around 9.40 am. A late start but worth it!
It is misty and warm. We walk up the tarmac road and onto Danby High moor. We continue to Great Fryup Head. The mist begins to clear. Charlie is not feeling well. He thinks it is the black pudding. He has "great fryup tummy".
We cross Glaisdale Moor and onto Glaisdale Rigg. It is an easy and exhilarating walk with far views. We stop for a cuppa. Charl begins to feel better after a stretch and a rest.
We soon reach the village of Glaisdale and the campsite at the Angler's Rest.
Day 17. Glaisdale
As we have several days in hand, we decide to stay here today, enjoy a Sunday lunch at the pub and catch up on our washing. The day is spent lazily with various sorties to the Anglerís Rest. The washing is dry before drizzle appears in the afternoon. We go for an evening walk to see the early 17C Beggarís Bridge
Day18 Glaisdale to Hawkser - 15 + 1 miles
We are off before 7am and go through East Arnecliff Wood and into Egton Bridge. The Roman Catholic Church is unusual with bas-relief coloured panels on the exterior walls. We arrive at Grosmont in time to see a steam train. We also pop into the shop (well, we have to wait at the level crossing) for chocolate.
From Grosmont we have a 1/3 hill to climb, on tarmac. Hot work! The road continues through Sleights Moor. We, inexplicably, cannot find the path to Littlebeck. We give up,
after a while, and decide to take the road. We are a bit grumpy in the heat and this will add over a mile to the walk today.
We are, therefore, very pleased to enter the forest. It is cool and calm. We stop for a cup of tea and enjoy the shade. Falling Foss is a shadow of itself in this dry year. Amazingly, we see a shelter carved out of a boulder and inscribed upon it the name, the hermitage, the date 1790 and the initials G.C.
Out of the forest and onto the Graystone Hills and moorland again.
We arrive in Hawkser. It is only 4 miles to Robin Hoodís Bay. The day has turned increasingly misty as we approach the coast. We decide to leave the final few miles till tomorrow. We want to be able to see Robin Hoodís Bay when we arrive.