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Ashley Heeley's Coast to Coast Diary
Day Thirteen

Day 13 - North Yorks. Moors, seeing the sea (well maybe) and a Red Arrows salute

Clay Bank Top to Glaisdale

After a nice stop at Dale's in laws (I won't rate the breakfast although it was very good and the packed lunch was great). We set off on our 19-mile walk across the North Yorks Moors to Glaisdale.

The smiley face boundary stone on the track over Urra Moor

The day started with a steady climb up to Urra moor. Still following the Lyke Wake Walk for those who have done it. Once on top it was easy walking to the Lion Inn at Blakey Ridge. We walked with the young hostellers as we have bumped into them along the route a number of times but not walked with them. The only girl in their group, Karen was setting a cracking pace so keeping up with them was a problem but as I'm nosey I had to keep up to find out more about them. Anyway, they were good company and put up with our bad jokes. I would pay for the early pace later though.

After a quick stop at the Lion Inn for a soft drink (honest) and to eat our sarnies we set off again this time on our own. One thing we have done this walk is to continue without many breaks. I don't know why but Bruce (Darlington) remarked on it when he joined us. Perhaps we just want to finish. The views across the moors were fantastic especially across Fryup Dale. As we approached Glaisdale and consulting the map we decided that we could save some time by cutting across the moor rather than going into the village and coming out the other side. Which was OK apart from the Multimap map had placed our accommodation in the wrong place so we managed to add a mile onto our day. So much for our cunning plan. Still the red arrows flew over at this point which was nice of them to salute us!

During this part of the walk the book alleges we could see the sea but today we couldn't but some of the guided group said they could. I think they were fibbing.

We are staying on a working farm about a mile from the village and they have some very friendly calves that are very cute. I'm sure Keegy would like them.

Went to the pub for dinner and had dinner with Pat and Miriam which was a laugh and the young youth hostellers were also there so we had a good old time. Unfortunately, one of the young hostellers who was ‘testing’ every sticky toffee pudding on route got the last one so I couldn’t have one. Damn. Kate from the guided group came over and had a drink with us and she is thinking about making a break for it and walking with us for the last leg. Meeting up with everyone at about 8.30 to get going on the last leg. It's hard to believe we've nearly finished although with Dale's knee and my ankle anything can happen. Really looking forward to seeing Janine, Rhiannon and Keegy tomorrow. I hope they also enjoy the end of walk party. Saturday will be very strange. No need to put boots on, no walk and have to adjust again to reality. The bubble will burst. Still there's always tomorrow.

Dale, Pat and Miriam on Beggars Bridge at Glaisdale

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