Post 137: 4 April 2017, Cleveland Circles 25
You will recall from previous blogs that Sid the Yorkshireman has a propensity to lose hats and occasionally find them again. At the last count is was about 30 hats, or maybe I exaggerate slightly – perhaps 3 hats. Having lost his Lawrence of Arabia sun hat he turned up at the start of our walk at the Falcon Inn, just off the A171, at 9.00am with the replacement summer hat. Trouble was he had forgot to take the label off or was he deliberately keeping it on so that if he didn’t like it he could take it back?
The next problem was that near the coast it was colder than York so he reverted back to his winter hat.
Now Sid is not the only walker to have hat problems. Due to the fact I have so many zips in my outdoor gear it is not unusual for a hat to disappear for a while into a zipped pocket only to re-appear again in a month or two. In the meantime I may have purchased another hat. At the last count I had 6 Spring/Summer/ Autumn hats, including a decorating hat (rarely used as walking is much more fun than decorating), and about 5 winter/other hats!
We frequently come across hats and gloves that have been lost by other walkers on walks. I think the hat saga could run and run…..
It is not only hats that go missing. We soon arrived at the location of the Three lords’ Stones. However, we could only find two. Now it is understandable for a hat to go missing, but surely not a stone which must weigh a ton?
We were soon heading towards Ravenscar to have our first stop and a coffee break outside the National Trust shop.
The rather splendid building in the distance on the left was built in 1744 by Captain William Child. It was opened by a development company in 1895 as a hotel. To the right of the hotel is the ‘Peak’, known since 1897 as Ravenscar. This was the town that never was.
Some of the bricks in the paths have RAVENSCAR embedded in them. The Whitaker Brick Company started making Ravenscar bricks in 1900 to be used for the construction of a proposed new seaside holiday resort. However, when potential investors for the resort arrived by train they were not impressed with a resort miles from any sandy beach and with 630 foot cliffs below it. The development company Ravenscar Estate went into bankruptcy in 1913 and the resort was not built.
We left the town that never was to follow The Cleveland Way.
Many dinosaur footprints have been found in the cliffs hereabout.
We soon came across the remains of a radar station, which has built in 1940 to detect German planes and ships. There was no mention of it detecting lost hats.
Fine views soon opened up towards Scarborough Castle, which can just be seen in the far distance.
We had a steep descent to Hayburn Wyke, which made a good sheltered lunch stop, even if a little noisy from the waterfall.
Climbing up steeply from the beach we came across knarled and twisted trees.
Until the Hayburn Wyke Hotel was reached
With its horseshoe arch.
After some confusing route finding near the dismantled railway track (not our fault) and between Claughton Moor House and Prior Wath, we emerged from some very boggy ground to find an old limekiln.
Near the end of the walk we saw two deer.
Driving back we came across a delightful oasis of food, home produce, organic vegetables and whole foods as well as various drinks including real cider. This was near the junction at Suffield near where The North of England Way passes. The cider and farm shop has particularly tasty ice-cream and its own Tabular Hill cider. Well worth a stop if in the area.Their website with opening times is: WWW.TREETOPPRESS.CO.UK
Tel 01723 363 731.
Miles Walked 11.73
Calories burnt 1,300
Average Pace 19.47 Minutes per Mile
Fastest Split between 6-8 miles 18.24 Minutes per Mile.