Post 121: 22 February 2017, Cleveland Circles 17
It was a ‘full house’ today as Sid the Yorkshireman, Carol, Alf and myself headed out for walk 17 of Cleveland Circles starting at 9.00am at Skelton.
A local soon directed us in completely the wrong direction for the Cleveland Way but fortunately we checked her directions and found the correct route. One thing I have learnt is never trust the directions of locals or anyone else. Try and work it out yourself.
We came to the impressive Skelton Viaduct over Skelton Beck, which was originally part of the Whitby, Redcar and Middlesborough Union Railway, which opened in 1872. The passenger line closed in 1958 and now carries goods trains to the Boulby Potash Mine.
I soon noticed that Sid was on his mobile phone and had adopted a revolutionary way of improving mobile phone reception in the valley, using his infamous hat, which he lost and recovered on a previous walk fairly recently. He just had to raise a flap!
We were very impressed with the various signs and benches in Rifts Wood, within the Saltburn Valley,
On a bench it says:
So close no matter how far
Couldn’t be much more from the heart
Forever trust in who we are
and nothing else matters.
Note the spider
This delightful leafed bench had a cricket bat.
The First and Second World War Memorial was particularly memorable. We will not forget them.
And the Victorian family were a delight.
We then discovered a pedestrian bridge would have spanned the valley in the late 1800s.
The existing Bandstand has an interesting mosaic.
We then reached Saltburn-by-the-Sea, the first planned seaside resort in England.
It seemed rather odd to have a mortuary there!
After our coffee and ‘banana’ break we began ascending the Cleveland Way coastal path
The pier is the only pleasure pier on the whole of the Northeast England and Yorkshire coast.
The views forward were impressive,
and also the views back.
Eventually we found some evidence of the Roman occupation.
And then some modern steel sculptures called the New Milestones made by Richard Farrington at the Skinningrove steelworks.
We then followed the railway line,
to the best sculpture, the steel circle which has models of a Cleveland Bay Horse, Thor’s hammer for metal working, a belemnite fossil, a mermaid’s purse from the seashore and a cat. Carol completed the circle, getting in the process nearly blown over the cliff in the now high winds.
My attempt on my knees failed miserably, even in black and white.
The final pose was more conventional.
We then came across one of the fanhouses that serviced the mines.
We then got a glimpse of a possible lunch-time stop at the end of Cattersty Sands below.
After lunch we walked through Skinningrove to pass a traditional fishing coble.
Followed by a statue to the popular Homing Society for pigeons.
We then followed the Skinningrove Valley Trail,
past a school with a Merman mosaic.
and a helicopter rescue mosaic, both beautifully created.
We were now in the Valley of Iron where the first of Cleveland’s ironstone mines, Loftus, is now the Tom Leonard Mining Museum.
Finally, Sinningrove steelworks were passed. They are now involved in specialised steel products.
A 3-4 mile walk through fields and wind turbines led back to our car at Skelton.
Miles Walked 11.7
Calories Burnt 1,300
Average Pace 18.42 Minutes per Mile
I had now completed 201 miles of the 1,000 Walk Challenge 2017.