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Cloughton Wyke at the start of our walk
Cloughton Wyke at the start of our walk

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Route No. 124 - Wednesday 11 April 2007
Cloughton, Crook Ness, Coastal Railway Path
Hayburn Wyke, Cleveland Way circuit - 10.5km
Yorkshire Heritage Coast, North York Moors . . .

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Cloughton Wyke at the start of our walk
Cloughton Wyke at the start of our walk

Lookout station on Long Nab
Lookout station on Long Nab

We parked at the end of a little lane overlooking the sea at map ref. TA 018951. We started walking at about 10.15am following the Cleveland Way cliff top path heading towards Scarborough.

It was a lovely bright morning with broken high cloud and my friend Jim and I drove to Cloughton on the Yorkshire coast a few miles north of Scarborough.

Horses grazing near Burniston
Horses grazing near Burniston

Looking south to Scarborough Castle from Crook Ness
Looking south to Scarborough Castle from Crook Ness

Path along the disused railway near Burniston
Path along the disused railway near Burniston

After just over 1km we cam to the bridge carrying the disused coastal railway over the road. The track has all gone and the railway bed is now a bridleway.

We continued for 1.5km until we reached Crook Ness where there is a small car park at map ref. TA 026935. We left the Cleveland Way at the car park and walked along the road towards Buniston.

'Sustrans' route marker for the cycle route along the disused railway
'Sustrans' route marker for cyclists along the disused railway

Wooded hillside between the railway path and the coast
Wooded hillside between the railway path and the coast

Horse riders on the railway path near hayburn Wyke
Horse riders on the railway path near Hayburn Wyke

Here we made a 'U'-turn to follow the path into the woods and join the Cleveland Way cliff top path heading south for just over 2km back to our starting point on the lane from Cloughton.

We climbed the steps on to the railway and followed the railway northwards for about 4km to Hayburn Wyke.

'Sustrans' route marker near Hayburn Wyke
'Sustrans' route marker near Hayburn Wyke

The pub at Hayburn Wyke
The pub at Hayburn Wyke

I'm hoping that I'll be a bit more like my old self after that. We stopped at a little cafe in Thornton-le-Dale on the way home for a coffee and a toasted teacake just to round off the day. The weather had been perfect and there were lovely wild flowers everywhere.

The whole route had been 10.5km and had taken me almost 4 hours to walk. Jim had to wait for me at the top of every little rise. Next Wednesday I'll be in our local hospital for the day to have my heart rhythm restored to normal, all being well.

Path to join the Cleveland Way at Hayburn Wyke
Path to join the Cleveland Way at Hayburn Wyke

Looking north over Hayburn Wyke from the Cleveland Way
Looking north over Hayburn Wyke from the Cleveland Way
Looking out to sea from the Cleveland way
Looking out to sea from the Cleveland Way

Peacock butterfly on the Blackthorn blossom
Peacock butterfly on the Blackthorn blossom

Paved stream crossing on the Cleveland Way
Paved stream crossing on the Cleveland Way

 

Returning to Cloughton Wyke along the Cleveland Way
Returning to Cloughton Wyke along the Cleveland Way

Returning to Cloughton Wyke along the Cleveland Way
Returning to Cloughton Wyke along the Cleveland Way

Cloughton Wyke
Cloughton Wyke

There were lovely wild flowers all the way round our walk today so I decided to see how many I could photograph. The sun was very bright and to my dismay some of the pictures are too over exposed to use, but anyway here is a selection of the flowers we saw today.
Bluebells
Bluebells
Violets
Violets
Wood Sorrel
Wood Sorrel
Ground Ivy
Ground Ivy
One of the many varieties of Speedwell
One of the many varieties of Speedwell
Wild Strawberries
Wild Strawberries
A selection of
wild flowers from
our walk today
Wood Anemonies
Wood Anemonies
Blackthorn ( flowers on the bare branches before the leaves open)
Blackthorn (flowers on the bare branches
before the leaves open)
Red Campion
Red Campion
Celandines
Celandines
Gorse (or Furze)
Gorse (or Furze)
Primroses
Primroses
A variety of Stitchwort
A variety of Stitchwort
Forget-me-nots
Forget-me-nots
Colt's Foot
Colt's Foot