Leader : Nigel Medcalf. Distance : 7.5 miles.
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Nigel reports :-
Depending on where you live, the dawn brought either snow flurries, sleet or just heavy rain. Only mad dogs or Englishmen would be going up onto the North Yorkshire Moors on a day like this. But 16 hardy souls turned up at Sneck Yate Plantation 3 miles north of Sutton Bank. But by the time that we had all donned our boots and warmest clothes the precipitation had ceased. This was Nigel’s debut as a walk leader. We dropped down the Boltby Road and headed north on the Cleveland Way towards High Paradise Farm. The views west across the Vale of Mowbray to the Yorkshire Dales under beautiful Adonis blue skies told us that the morning’s weather really had now passed us by. We crossed the heathland of Dale Town Common and 2.5 miles from the start we examined the contents of our flasks in a sheltered boulder lined depression in the moor. Dropping down over the head of Sunnyside Bank views opened up eastwards of Hawnby Crag and Bilsdale West Moor. Skirting Dale Town we took our lunch on the front porch of Gowerdale House. From here the track took a steady climb out of the dale through the forest and back out onto the heath. Skirting this the southbound by-way took us back to our cars. Snaking through the narrow lanes, we took our post-walk refreshments in the Oak Tree in South Kilvington. This 7.5 mile walk was definitely more enjoyable than was expected when we first looked out of our windows at the start of the day!