THE NORTH YORKSHIRE MOOR AWAITS!
After a few days of flat terrain, walking through fields as they are getting harvested it was finally nice to be back on the trail with hills in sight. Today the beautiful Heather of the North Yorkshire Moor will appear. It sure did make an appearance in all its glory. After a short sharp hill from our accomodation our first heather appears in Scarth Wood Moor.
Today we are following the Cleveland Way markers. Another walk in Britian that we will either walk parallel with or cross over on our journey on the C2C. The first few hours were spent walking through a beautiful old oak forest. Glorious branches reaching out above us enticing us further into the forest.
As we reach another steep climb we find ourselves on top of Carlton Moor, in front of us an amazing purple landscape. Kilometre after kilometre of brilliant purple Heather stretches out as far as the eye could see.
After talking to a local who was out walking, we realise how lucky we are to have been walking at this time as she says the Heather is at its peak. We stop on the top of Carlton Moor and lay on the grass looking at a beautiful view of the green and yellow patchwork fields below us, the fluffy white clouds against the brilliant blue sky and further to the horizon our first glimpse of the North Sea where we will visit in a few days time.
Shoes back on after our lunch stop and to our surprise a few more sharp climbs are waiting for us. One of the most spectacular climbs was towards Wain stones. A very rocky outcrop one of Wainwrights favourite spots. The Heather just doesn’t stop. Up and around the steep slopes it covers the moors like a purple blanket.
Scrambling over rocks and bracken we get to the other side and are pleased to see our track, a very steep descent down into Clay Bank Top where a driver will pick us up for our stay at the Buck Inn in Chop Gate. A lot of pubs, hotel and B & B if they are off the trail will offer a pick up service from the trail and then in the morning will drop you back at the same place. After dinner and a few drinks with the locals it was a terrific end to a very stunning day.