This past weekend a friend and I decided to go on a hike up Ravenscar, in the North York Moors. After I picked the route, found on the north York moors website, we were ready for our 10-mile hike.
Getting up early has never been my strongest of abilities, but somehow the excitement of this hike helped me. Up at half 8, I headed off to pick up my friend. After picking him up and collecting our stuff we set off for our 1 hour and a half journey.
All was pretty standard until I was around an hour and 10 minutes in and I needed the toilet. Wow, did that make the remaining journey stressful.
Anyhow, we arrived and we got our selves prepped for our walk. I chucked echo’s harness on her and ended up hurting my back when I leant down. But that wasn’t going to deter me from continuing on.
The first step on our walk was figuring out where to join our trail. As it turns out, I parked exactly where it started so we were off to a good start. Heading down the trail we passed a few walkers that looked like they were doing the Cleveland way, a 109-mile trail.
We pressed on continuing on what we thought was the correct way… after we ended at a farmers house we checked the trail on the os maps app. It turns out we started doing the trail backwards so the trail card we were using became a lot harder to track so we opted to use a physical map (OL27) and a compass. We noticed that we had just walked past the footpath we were meant to be on; so we headed back to get back on the right track.
We headed through a small bit of forest so I let echo off the lead as I could see her clearly and there were no signs saying not to.
Right from the get-go, we got to see some absolutely amazing views of robin hoods bay and the weather was rather forgiving, not being too windy.
Walking round trail we passed the old alum works, which I thought I grabbed a photo of but unfortunately not. There wasn’t much left of the buildings but what was there looked good, I just wish I took a photo.
Walking the coastline and finding something unexpected
So after walking through a small farmers field and over the worlds smallest bridge, I let echo grab a drink from the stream as it was fast flowing. After echo’s small refreshment break, we headed around the fields and saw lots of sheep.
Following the coastline, on a cliff-face, we were greeted by a lovely view.
In the distance, we could see a small structure protruding the cliff-face. Getting closer I noticed it was an old bunker, the cliff had eroded and left the bunker hanging. It was bizarre.
After having a look around and my friend going in we headed further along the trail as we still had a long distance to go. The next few miles were rather strenuous will steep inclines and declines.
We headed over and extremely large bridge that crossed over a river that led into the sea. The hunger was growing though, neither of us had eaten all day and it was after lunch time now. I checked what I had in my backpack as I forgot to bring a packed lunch, luckily I always have energy bars and I also had beef jerky from a previous journey. So after having an energy bar each, we shared the jerky whilst walking. It was a Godsend, it gave us that boost that we needed.
Perfectly refreshed we headed on till we eventually arrived at robin hoods bay visitors centre. As it turns out we weren’t meant to get the visitor centre, we turned right when we were meant to turn left. So once again, we headed back to get our selves back on track.
The next part of the walk I didn’t take any photos as it wasn’t a view worthy as we passed a farm and a campsite. But once we got past there we got to see a group of really nice bridges that we had to pass over.
After walking down the same road for a long time, we came to a small path through a group of the trees that were spindly and wavy. It reminded me of the scene in Lord of the rings were Frodo shouts ‘Get off the road’ as the ringwraiths run down.
There isn’t much to tell as I didn’t take too many photos after this, we were getting a little tired as we didn’t have enough food to get us ready for the journey. But it did start snowing, but it was rather amazing as the snow was dry and rather compact, almost like hail but soft still. Looking on the floor we started to notice that a lot of the snowflakes had the generic ‘snowflake’ look that a cartoon artist would draw. This is one we found on the floor, something that my friend and I believe is the perfect snowflake.
After a little more walking we ended up making it back to the car. But not before taking this great snap of Echo.
That’s all this journey has to offer, but fear not Christmas Eve Echo and I will be taking on the first part of the Esk Valley walk which is a staggering 16miles; our longest journey yet. Here are some other snaps of the journey