Gordons Birthday Walk

Gordons Birthday Walk


Date: Saturday 13th July

In Attendance: 10

Weather:  Low Cloud heavy mist, followed by blue sky and sunshine. 

10 of us met up at Scaling Dam car parking area beside the old Bunch of Grapes pub wondering what had happened to our sunny weather as here we were shrouded in a damp foggy mist. However undeterred we set off certain it would brighten up. 2 of the group Albert and Tom were to take an early shorter route across the open moor and meet up further on. Their route turned out to be somewhat harder with no obvious path on the ground high bracken and soggy underfoot in fact at one point for Tom a hole underfoot immersed him nearly to the waist.

The rest of us continued around the perimeter of the reservoir to the road then on over little used paths towards Green Houses when we encountered a poor old sheep deeply wedged in a mire and so to the rescue we came. It took a lot pulling and tugging to get the sheep free of the mire and it still seemed unable to move. Eileen came further to its rescue and gave it water and we tried cleaning off his legs before it finally got to its feet and attempted to run off . Unfortunately it was lame in one foot. No one was around at the farm as we passed despite efforts to rouse someone and so we could do little else but continue our walk and hoped we had done sufficient for the sheep to survive.

By now the weather had changed and we were basking in sun with cagoules removed. A few miles on through attractive valleys and lovely views we passed an old church and cemetery with Commonwealth Graves which struck me as unusual in such a remote spot. A little later we met up again with Albert and Tom and had our lunch looking down towards Egton Bridge. There we picked up the Esk Valley Way Walk and followed it through to Sleights where 4 of us had decided to continue our route by bus to Whitby whilst the rest continued on shanky’s pony to Whitby before catching the bus back to the cars.

Ken and Gordon met the 4 of us after our bus journey at Hadley’s for a fish and chip tea which we all enjoyed before returning to the bus station for our bus back.

Thank you Gordon for a good and at times very different but enjoyable walk .


Carol Stather




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