Stage 4 - Across the four stages of this Esk Valley Walk weather conditions have progressively improved. From a freezing rainy day on stage one at Blakey Ridge to a clear, sunny, blue sky at Grosmont for this final stage to Whitby.
10 members, led by Martin Hill thoroughly enjoyed a variety of terrain through fields, woods and small villages before finishing at Whitby Harbour pier.
Completion was celebrated by some members partaking of fish and chips - of course a must whilst at Whitby.
The last photograph is from the recce' party who did the walk a week earlier
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Stage 3 - Some fine sunshine and warm weather greeted 13 members arriving at Grosmont for this 12 mile walk led by Tony Corrigan.
Getting a train to Danby the group set off with a first stop at Danby Beacon for lunch.
Onwards to Lealholm, Glaisdale and Egton Bridge, never far from the Esk and with excellent views of the Esk Valley.
The group arrived back in Grosmont just in time to see a passing steam train.
Stage 2 - Following a night of heavy rain, Blakey Ridge was a very windy and cold place to meet for the start of this second stage of the Esk Valley Walk.
Thirteen hardy members were not put off and arrived for a 10 mile walk, led by Anne Exton. As in the first stage wet weather kit was donned immediately. Fortunately, sunny spells became frequent so it wasn't continual wearing of outer clothing.
Following a route across Westerdale and High Blakey Moors, the group arrived back at Blakey Ridge and completed their day with a meal at the Lion Inn.
Stage 1 - The North York Moors certainly experiences pocket micro climates, with fog and rain in some areas whilst it is dry elsewhere.
Only 9 members chanced the weather and arrived at Blakey Ridge for this first stage of 4 to complete the Esk Valley Walk. Rainwear was the order of the day!
Led by Martin Hill the 10 mile route from Danby back to Blakey Ridge included a pleasant lunch stop at a Castleton cafe.