John Buntings Scotch Corner | Wednesday 25 August 2021

Walk Leader: Albert Bowes
Participants: 10
Mileage: 11 miles
Ascent: 1,700 ft
Walk Report: Albert Bowes


10 LDWA walkers set off from The White Horse car park at 9.00am.  No sun was out, but it was warm with a gentle breeze.

We climbed up to the Cleveland Way via woodland, it was a stiff climb but much preferred to the steps along the White Horse Hill figure.  Onwards then to the little Chapel at Scotch Corner, built by Sculptor John Bunting as a memorial to those people killed in the 1939-1945 war.  The group took the opportunity to have a look round and a drinks stop.

From Scotch Corner we dropped down a rutted path to meet the road from Oldstead.  Our next destination being Mount Snerver Observatory (built at the time of Queen Victoria’s Coronation) where we had our elevens.  The terrain then became much easier dropping down eventually to Bylands Abbey where a kind tourist took a group photo with the remains of the Abbey in the background.

We continued through fields and we took the opportunity to have lunch before heading towards Fox Folly Farm then High Kilburn, through the Cemetery to emerge at The Forresters Arms in Kilburn, to meet Sue and Jackie enjoying a drink at the Pub.

Only one hill now to climb back to the White Horse car park to complete 11miles 1700’ ascent.

Thanks to everyone who came on the walk and making it such a pleasant days walk for everyone.

Photos by Eva Bowes