Friday, July 22, 2016

Day 22 -- Robin Hood's Bay to Whitby, 6 miles

A short walk along the bluffs above the North Sea is a delightful way to spend the day. It was diminished only by the weight of my pack, 10 or 12 pounds more than I’ve been carrying because there is no baggage transfer service for the remainder of the walk.

The views were outstanding. The day was only slightly warm, made agreeable by a pleasant sea breeze. Rain the past week has brought wildflowers to full bloom.

I met many day walkers – far too many to photograph or report on. All were headed in the opposite direction. If any walkers had been headed in my direction, they would have easily passed me, given the weight of my pack.

Since a picture is worth a thousand words, I’ll stop writing and share the scenery.

Robin Hood's Bay from north

Looking north on Cleveland Way

Looking North

Former Lighthouse at Whitby Bay (now a holiday rental)

Hundreds of nesting sea gulls (enlarge for better view)

Whitby Abbey

The Cleveland Way

My arrival at Robin Hood’s Bay concluded the second leg of this summer’s walk. The third leg will be along the Cleveland Way. The Cleveland Way is a national trail in northern England, running 110 miles. It starts inland, at Helmsley (near Ilkley, where I started the Dales Way), then runs along the north edge of the North York Moors National Park until reaching the coast at Saltburn. It then runs south along the coast, through Robin Hood’s Bay and terminates near Scarborough. For part of its course, it merges with the Coast to Coast.
We first met the Cleveland Way at Osmotherley while I walked the Coast to Coast.  I left it when I dropped down off the moor to head to Great Broughton, and then rejoined it for a short time at Clay Bank Top as I headed towards Blakey Ridge (Lion Inn). The Cleveland Way turned north before Blakey Ridge, while the Coast to Coast continued east. I pick up the Cleveland Way again at Robin Hood’s Bay, and follow it north along the bluffs above the North Sea.

The Cleveland Way continues to run along the coast through Whitby, Staithes, and Saltburn, then turns inland to Guisbrough. I’ll be walking approximately 35 miles on the Cleveland Way between Robin Hood’s Bay and Guisbrough.