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Friends enjoy challenging conditions on Autumn walk

Friends enjoy challenging conditions on Autumn walk

The Friends of RGS embarked on their Autumn walk in the North Yorkshire Moors during October. Here's what the group of 17 got up to...
As the coach travelled south down the A19 toward the North Yorkshire Moors, the rain eased and the wind dropped, at ground level at least. On arrival, in Great Ayton, the group visited Petch's famous pie shop, had coffee and took a group photo under a youthful James Cook Monument before starting their walk from High Green.

The route, along well marked paths, ascended gently and then more steeply up Rye Hill, through and beyond the whinstone Cliff Rigg quarry. Passing Cook's boyhood family home and on to the windy, lower slopes of Roseberry Topping, pausing at the stone pepperpot lunch pavilion to assess the best way forward given the strength of the gusts.

A decision to skirt the peak was a good one, but even this involved one or two anxious moments during short descents. Thanks to comradely assistance and the judicious use of walking poles, all was well. Picking up the Cleveland Way towards Newton Moor, the route then swung south onto Great Ayton Moor then down to Gribdale Gate where lunch was had at picnic tables.

The party set off refreshed up the adjacent track to find Captain Cook's Monument, built in 1927 and standing 15 metres tall, on Easby Moor at 1063'. The gusts were again evident so, after a brief appreciation of the magnificent 360 degree vistas, the group descended through Ayton Banks Wood, then along country lanes, across the railway line at Great Ayton station and back to their start point at High Green. Only 6.2 miles and energy sapping after battling the wind, but it was satisfying and memorable.

By now the sun had emerged, the day was pleasant and we enjoyed the delights of Petch's pies, Suggitt's ice cream and the fascinating Captain James Cook Museum culminating in refreshments at the Royal Oak or in the tea shops next door.

Grateful thanks to pre walkers Colin Campbell, Kevin Flannery, Harry James, Mike Smith and David Arnold, plus Kendall Dias for the maps and to all who walked.

Friends Xmas Pizza will be on Monday 10th December from 7pm at Adriano's on Gosforth High Street. Please contact Duncan to book your place,

The Spring Walk will be on Saturday 23rd March to the North Yorkshire coast, probably between Staithes and Whitby. The walk is scheduled to leave at 8am from RGS. More information regarding the routes will be made available in the new year.