Last weekend I was making up a photo album of our long distance walk and I realised I didn’t get round to sharing the final day with you, so here it is!
We started the Cleveland Way in June with a nine day walking holiday, we started at Helmsley and walked over 80 miles over the moors to Saltburn – by-the-sea and down the coast to Whitby. Two day trips at the end of the summer allowed us to walk from Whitby to Scarborough, all that was left was the final stretch from Scarborough to Filey.
We were delayed by weather, holidays and work but we finally managed to get a day when the weather forcast looked reasonable and we were both free…
Scarborough has a very long sea front – about 3 miles from the start of North Bay to the end of South Bay, luckily my guide book suggested getting the bus along the front as three miles on tarmac is a slog! The photo below just shows South Bay.
The sky looked very dramatic and moody in Scarborough, but actually the weather held off all day.
The walk was mainly along the cliff edge, there had been a lot of rain in the preceding few days which made the path very slippy – we had a few hairy moments!
Just to prove the sun did come out! This was our morning coffee spot – we always have a flask of coffee for our walks.
It wasn’t all cliff top walking, there was a pleasant stretch through some woods – though there were lots of steps too, this has definitely been a memorable characteristic of the Cleveland Way, lots and lots of steps – my knees will never be the same!
It’s always nice when you can look back and see how far you’ve walked, Scarborough is the town you can see in the distance, but over the summer we had walked as far as the eye can see and much further.
It’s nice looking forward too, but it’s a bit disconcerting when you’re not sure which headland is the end!
The end was finally in sight. This is Filey Brigg, you can just see a stone triangle which marked the end of the walk.
According to my walking buddoes fitbit we walked an awful lot further than 109 miles, with detours to places like Rievaux Abbey and the White Horse of Kilburn, together with extras to get to our hotels, we walked the best part of 130 miles!!!
This lovely carved seat marks the end, it’s carved with the names of places along the way and matches one at the start in Helmsley. We had a celebratory cup of coffee and sticky bun here!
I didn’t have the energy for a happy dance, but we had done it, walked the Cleveland Way. It was one of the harder ones we’ve done, mainly because there’s lots of steps and much of the footpaths were hard underfoot, but we did it!
I make a photobook every year of our walks – it’s great to look back on, if you would like to see more photos of our walk then follow the link to my photobook.
This was our seventh long distance walk, we do one each year, next year we’re walking Lady Anne Way, 100 miles from Skipton to Penrith.