Walks: GreatÂ Ayton,Â Â taking in Captain Cook's Monument and the distinctive Â Roseberry Topping Hill
Dearne Valley Walking Group made their second visit in two weeks to North Yorkshire on Saturday as eleven walkers, comprising of ten adults and one child, completed a 6.53 mile circuit from Great Ayton, taking in Captain Cook's Monument and the distinctive hill Roseberry Topping. Â
Once we had overcome the confusion of waiting for a Gary to arrive and subsequently finding outÂ Gary was actually Rob who was already with us we got on our way!
Leaving the picturesque village of Great Ayton via Station Road we made our may past the ratherÂ remote local station and over the railway line. We then took a right turn to follow a path which tookÂ us slowly up hill past Round Hill to Ayton Banks Wood. At this point the path became rather steep,Â leading to some rather loud groans from our group.
After completing the steep climb the path levelled out as it reached Easby Moor and me made ourÂ way across open ground to Captain Cook's Monument where we stopped to admire the view andÂ the monument as well as having a group photograph taken. The 18 metre high monument wasÂ erected by Whitby banker Robert Campion in 1827 in memory of the celebrated circumnavigatorÂ Captain James Cook.
Our route then took us onto the Cleveland Way across Little Ayton Moor, passing the location of anÂ aircraft crash in 1940 where an RAF Lockheed Hudson NR-E from Thornaby Aerodrome crashed. WeÂ then dropped down Cockshaw Hill to cross a road and then had a short, steep ascent up to GreatÂ Ayton Moor as we continued along the Cleveland Way, with an excellent view of Roseberry ToppingÂ on our left.
We continued on to Newton Moor where the Cleveland Way continued to the right and we were toÂ take a path to the left to take us to Roseberry Topping. Before proceeding we took a short lunchÂ break in the shelter of a wall and then continued, taking a short detourÂ to take in Little Roseberry HillÂ before ascending Roseberry Topping itself. Here we posed for the obligatory group photo and tookÂ in the panoramic views.
We descended Roseberry Topping by retracing our steps slightly and then taking a steep path on theÂ right. After starting this descent we realised we really ought to have continued a little further beforeÂ taking another less steep path on the right which was to join up with the path we had taken. SeveralÂ of our group opted to take this easier option before joining back up with the rest of the group at theÂ foot of the hill.
A gradual descent followed as we passed a shooting box as we followed a path towards Cliff RiggÂ Quarry and then continued to descend through Cliff Ridge Wood and Rye Hill before crossing theÂ railway line and passing Cleveland Lodge as we emerged back in Great Ayton where most of ourÂ group visited the Royal Oak pub for a post walk pint.
Well done to the 11 people who completed this walk and welcome to Lynne Green who walked withÂ Dearne Valley Walking Group for the first time.
On Sunday our group enjoyed a lovely 5.3 miles family walk from Oxspring crossing Black Moor toÂ reach Hunshelf Bank. From here, walking along the bank side, were some fabulous views of theÂ surrounding area in the autumn sunshine.
After pausing at the viewing point just outside Green Moor we walked into the village passingÂ Trunce Farm en route for the River Don and the mighty stepping stones which our party negotiatedÂ Â with ease, returning to Black Moor where it was just a short distance to Oxspring and the end of theÂ walk.
Well done to the seven adults and four children who completed this family walk and a big hello toÂ Max Latto and Mark Willis who walked with us for the first timeÂ Dearne Valley Walking Group's forthcoming walks include our 7.5 mile Bronte Classic Walk onÂ Sunday Â October 7.
This starts from Bronte Parsonage Museum, Church Street, Haworth, Keighley,Â BD22 8DR.
To join us on any of our walks please contact David Kirk via email on [email protected] or on 07904Â 010347. All our forthcoming walks can be found on our website at dvwg.org.uk.