We're Off To The Jolly Sailors




We’re off to the Jolly Sailors - Saturday 27th April.

With some trepidation 8 walkers set off from Guisborough on Gordon’s walk knowing the forecast for the day was heavy rain. Undaunted we set off by Butts Lane then up through Guisborough woods and Westworth wood and out on to the open moor heading for the Quaker’s Causeway path, always boggy at the best of times though surprisingly dry today. Low cloud and mist loomed ahead threatening rain . We arrived at the road then along to White Cross then west along the dry hard track towards Robin Hood’s butt turning off on the bridle path to meet the old road to The Jolly Sailors. Some were ready for a drink here but we were 10 minutes early and the pub was not open. Gordon Ian & Polly decided it was worth waiting for opening time while the rest wandered down the road a bit to find a spot to have our own refreshments. At this point Eddie discovered to his dismay he had forgotten to pack his lunch box. Refusing offers of food he chose to go hungry for the rest of the walk.

 Reunited with those from the pub we set off again crossing the busy A171 and picking up a previously overgrown and impassable path. ( On a recee with Gordon Julie on getting home reported the problem to the council and they duly came out and cut back the overgrown undergrowth making the path usable again. Many thanks Julie. Just shows it is worthwhile contacting the appropriate local authority when a footpath problem is encountered. )

Onward to Gerrick and another stretch of woodland seemingly little used brilliantly navigated through by Gordon. Much of this was very pleasant and covered in many beautiful wild flowers and fungi.

Onward now to Moorsholm via field paths and woods to Stanghow lingdale and Boosbeck before the home stretch to Slapwath passing a nature reserve with small lakes inhabited by many ducks and swans enjoying their surroundings.

Most of us finished here at the Fox and Hounds as Gordon had left his car here and Julie arrived in her car to transport us back to the start car park in Guisborough. Two strong hardy walkers Ken and Terry showed true grit and continued the remaining 2 miles back to their cars.

Thanks Gordon for a pleasant walk and keeping the rain at bay until we had finished the walk.

Carol Stather.





Terrys Photos.