We exited the Yorkshire Dales yesterday and now began the third and final national park on this journey, The North York Moors. With our UK friends who joined us for this day’s hike, we started off with a 30 minute walk from Osmotherly to the C2C trail, which then treated us to a bluebell carpeted forest.
We enjoyed one more glimpse of the gentel, green, English countryside before tackling the vast bleakness of the moors.
The Coast to Coast Path joined the Cleveland Way (110-mile trail in the North York Moors) on this route. Much of the Cleveland Way is paved with large stones to protect the moors that it traverses.
In the winter and spring the moors seem empty and lonely. In the Fall, however, the heather is in full bloom creating a lavender blanket over the moorland.
A popular (and the only) spot to stop for lunch on Cringle Moor was Lord Stones, a restaurant which attracted walkers, motorcyclists, cyclists and folks out for a Sunday drive. And, as we waited for our lunch, our Vermont friends from earlier at Reeth and last year’s C2C walk appeared. It is always good to encounter friends on the way – we had a great chat.
After lunch, the rest of Cringle Moor was ahead of us. As we moved out, we could see the morning walk’s over Carlton Moor clearly visible behind us.
Old boundary stones marking land ownership were common on this trail.
From the top of Cringle Moor, we had a far-reaching view of our afternoon’s walk toward Kirby Bank and to the top of Hasty Bank.
The prize on the way up Hasty Bank was the chance to explore the Wainstones, a limestone rock formation that beckons one to do a little bouldering.
From the apex of Hasty Bank the view of the Tees Valley below looked like a patchwork quilt.
We completed the walk for the day at the intersection of the B1257 road and the C2C path. Our British friends with us had dropped one of their cars at that location specifically as a shuttle and in that process took us to our next B&B in Great Broughton, two miles down the road. Margaret Sutcliffe, our host at Ingle Hill B&B, had tea and cake waiting for us and very thoughtfully offered to do our laundry – a real treat! We had a lovely farmland scene and a view of Clay Bank Top to enjoy from our bedroom window.
After settling in, we walked into town for a wonderful dinner at the Bay Horse restaurant in Great Broughton.