Whitby May 2022

A four nights guided walking holiday, on my own, but with some good company.


Photo Gallery

Walk 1 (Tuesday 17 May)

The first walk was a loop starting at Goathland, walking west to the railway centre at Grosmont and returning to the coach at Goathland.
Distance was a leisurely 6.5 miles.

A view of Goathland Railway Station from its footbridge.
We started the walk from the platform on the right, going up the hill and following in the direction of the railway.
In the opposite direction can be seen some of the old rolling stock in a siding.
Some Swaledale sheep at a farm on the way west.
Having reached Grosmont, I walked through this tunnel, through which the original horse-drawn trains used to move.
With the construction of the steam railway line, a larger tunnel was built alongside this one.
This is the end of the tunnel close to a locomotive shed.
In the loco shed was this '9F' class British Railway steam locomotive, numbered 92134.
In front of the '9F' was a Q6 class freight locomotive, numbered 63395.
The Geekfest continues, with this iconic Class 37 diesel (37403) hauling about 6 maroon carriages on a passenger service.
Finally from this day, here BR Standard 4 Tank No. 80136, built in 1956 but retired from active service in 1965.
For railway nerds, the axle arrangement 2-6-4T.
Walk 2 (Wednesday 18 May)

Today's walk of about 8.5 miles started from the coach stop in Skinningrove, a former mining village on the east coast about 10 miles east of Middlesborough.
We started a climb up to the Cleveland Way and from then it was simply a case of keeping the sea on our left.

This is a view of the coast where we set out from.
The same spot, but looking inland.
Steel industry buildings are in the background.
Contrails criss-cross the sky as we travel south on the cliff path.
Our approach to the lovely seaside village of Staithes.

A lunch stop first and I went up the main street and had a coffee and cake sitting outside Dotty's Tea Room.
The end of the walk was at Runswick Bay.
An ice cream followed by tea down at this cafe and touched the North Sea on the beach.
Coach picked us up near a pub up above the village.
Walk 3 (Thursday 19 May)

Feeling fit enough, I did the longer walk, which was a loop leaving the house at Larpool Hall and calling at various places, before returning to the house on the 'Cinder Track' which runs near it. The distance was 11.5 miles, which was not a problem for me.

We sat outside the church at the village of Ugglebarnby for lunch.
Later the second group caught up with us and we soon moved on to the ice cream and coffee farm stop at Sneaton.
On the way we came across a field of sheep, of a variety I wasn't familiar.
Near the end of the walk we join the Cinder Track at Stainsacre and were soon back at the House.
On day One I walked with some Dutch guests on the holiday. I also helped them in the HF quiz night.
After breakfast I took this picture of the three Dutch people that I befriended, before they left for Newcastle airport.

They are, L to R, Rose, Iris and Robert. (The two women are sisters).

This was one of my best holidays, it did me a lot of good, both mentally and physically!

Top of Page