Sunday, 7 October 2012

The guys at Guisborough..... October 5th
which just happens to be my half birthday.
Four gadgies out today, halfmarathon, vogel, route and blog, returning to the visitor centre at Pinchinthorpe for a walk to Roseberry Topping and along the Cleveland Way.
To get to the centre head down the A19 past Middlesborough, turn left onto the A174, at the fourth roundabout turn right onto the A171 and follow this road for about  three miles to the A173 and look out for the Visitor Centre. (Which was closed although the cafe next door was open.)
The car park charges £1 for the whole day, but even better the ticket machine was broken!
 A map for the walk is useful, OL26 North Yorks Moors Western Area and the centre is at GR 584152. Or call at the centre and pick up the excellent leaflets describing several walks in the area including most of this one: Walk Number 6 Roseberry Topping and Highcliff Nab.
 Stand in the car park furthest from the centre and look at the trees. One of them is carved like The Green Man.
                                                      The Green Man Tree.
  To the left of this tree is a gate leading onto the disused railway line which is the start of the walk.
We walked along the old line, now a footpath/cycle track ng several people out walking and a gentleman with his dog. The dog was frightened by the sound of relatively near gunshots and just wanted to go home. After a mile we came to a picnic table on the left and a very interesting stile made of concrete, unusual and worth an extra chapter in my forth coming book Gate Fastenings and stiles of Cumbria and the north in general.

           A concrete stile, definitely a style of the fifties utilising techniques which would be 
            incorporated in the hideous architectural styles of the sixties. A more traditional picnic table is visible behind.
 The footpath took us across  three fields with Low Farm on our right unti eastl we came to  Spite Hall Farm.Following the markers on gates we soon came to the A173 road which we crossed with care as the leaflet suggested and continued on the footpath directly opposite. Walking alongside several recently ploughed fields we started up a gentle slope towards Hutton Lowcross Woods and when we reached them turned right and climbed the steep path to Roseberry Topping. The path to the top of this hill is a very popular walk and has been flagged to prevent erosion. Those Lancashire/Yorkshire Mills again. Roseberry offers panoramic views; north to Middlesborough and beyond, east to the sea, south to the North Yorkshire Moors and more moors to rhe west, with a distant view of Cross Fell guarding the north end of the Pennines.A rocky top but offering sufficient shelter it was declared a Herbiespot. Yes, pies sandwiches, coffee and conversation. We were joined by a group of students fro Durham University who were taking an afternoon off from lectures.
Lunch over we retraced our steps down the hill but continued  almost due east up another hillside to a gate which took us on to the Cleveland Way, identified by the little acorn sign.

                                            Roseberry Topping from the Cleveland Way.
 The Cleveland Way follows the edge of the escarpment with grouse moors on its south side. We followed the track to Highcliffe Farm where we took the path leading to the top of Highcliff Nab from where we could look down onto Guisborough which has a lot to offer, a ruined monastery and a fine selection of 1970s semi detached houses, just like mine!

                                               Highcliff Nab

    Leaving the viewpoint with its distant views of industrial Teeside we continued our way along the escarpment, leaving the Cleveland Way at the third footpath on the left. A steep and very muddy footpath took us to the bottom of the hills and we turned left along a forest track, well signposted towards the visitor centre at Pinchinthorpe. A very pleasant lady riding a beautiful horse chatted, particularly to  Dave , as we walked through the deciduous trees towards Hutton Village.At the end of the village road the footpath turned left, past Home Farm and back to the woodland at Pinchinthorpe. Very well signed and easy to follow, all the way back to the centre.

          There be an 'orse!
Pinchinthorpe Centre is excellent for children and adults. There are cycle tracks, trim trails and several large wood carvings to admire.
Two of the wood carvings at Pinchinthorpe. I like Mr. Fox, there are other animals too.
After the walk we changed and drove all the way home.

The Matrix 79

                                                            steps                               miles
Hi gear                                                24861                             11.268
LBN                                                    22316                             10.39
ASDA                                                22769                               10/01
LIDLUSB                                          24349                               10.76

OUTDOOR GPS                                                                        11.08
Ben's Bragometer                                                                        11.8

11  miles seems reasonable, shorter than the leaflet's walk as we took a short cut. Another great day out.

 You may have noticed the absence of bacon butties and beer. Perhaps we have all become vegetarian methodists, no intended insults to either group. To quote somebody, I have probably forgotten more about vegetarians than you will ever know.