We were back in the hills! While the hot temperatures made it uncomfortable and challenging, the clear skies opened up amazing views for all of our 11.3 miles which we completed in a little over 5 hours. Tracy and Dean had their own adventure in working out how to travel by bus to our destination town of Great Broughton, and managed to sample some of the views and experience local friendliness in a park.
After a short section of road to take us out of Osmotherley, (or Othermotherly as we called it 😁), we entered the moorland where most of the path was paving stones! I’m still not sure whether I like them or not, but we have walked on worse… The trail mostly follows the top of the escarpment, with views of the agricultural valley leading to industrial Middlesbrough and the North Sea beyond! We had a grand lunch stop at Lordstones, a cafe and campsite after 7.5 miles that was a great break. 1/2 mile before that, I had flown my drone at Carlton Bank which was a lot of fun. I got some interesting shots and I think my videos are improving! After lunch, it was only 3.5 miles, but it was hot with climbing. Samuel put quite a lot of distance between himself and us, with Bailey staying pretty close to him. As we approached the final set of hills (the Wainstones), I noticed a forest service road that avoided the top and was more level. Janet jumped at that opportunity, and an added bonus was more shade in some forest. I tried to take some drone photos of the kids while flying from below and not able to see them directly, but it was challenging.
Shortly before arriving at Clay Bank Top, I’d called our hotel to pick us up, as it was a couple of miles down a steep hill from the trail. During my planning at home, I’d wondered how the pickup would work, and in the end it worked very well! As we continue to greatly appreciate, Dean and Tracy had checked us in and taken our bags to our rooms, and greeted us as our car pulled in! Unfortunately, the rooms were still warm in the unseasonable heatwave, without even fans in the rooms. This had been a big issue the night before where the heat had prevented much of our sleep. I hope we manage to cool off tonight, but at least the hot spell is supposed to end tomorrow. And we have the “4th highest inn in Britain” to look forward to!
Check out today’s short overview video which really shows how we walked along the escarpment and the “five peaks”: https://www.relive.cc/view/vKv21JKg84q
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