Camping on Urra Moor
Camping on Urra Moor.

Ingleby Cross to Clay Bank Top - 20 km (12¼ m)

From Ingleby Cross the path leads along a forest road passing Mount Grace Proiry, dating back to 1398, and climbs the Cleaveland Hills near the village of Osmotherley. At the top of the hill the Lyke Wake Walk is joined. From Beacon Hill (327 m, 982 ft), Carlton Moor the walk passes the Wainstones on Hasty Banks to descend to Clay Bank Top. Around Clay Bank Top accommodation is sparse, however, Urra Moor is a beautiful place to camp!

Clay Bank Top to Blakey - 15 km (9¼ m)

Leaving Clay Bank Top the ground rises steadily to Urra Moor, the highest point of the North York Moors following the Lyke Wake walk. It follows the track of the Rosedale Ironstone Railway for many miles with beautiful views of Bransdale, Farndale and Rosedale. Blakey is in the middle of nowhere, but pay a visit to the Lion Inn on its remote but beautiful location.

Blakey to Grosmont - 20 km (12½ m)

The route descends from wild moorland into the beautiful Eskdale. Heading north from Blakey many ancient marker stones are passed, including the Ralph Crosses. The descent from the moors is via Glaisdale Rigg to the village of Glaisdale. The path then follows the river Esk and Esk Valley Railway through Egton Bridge, home of the North York Moors Railway, still operating with steam engines!

Grosmont to Robin Hood's Bay - 26.5 km (16½ m)

On the last lap the scenery again changes to heather moor. From Grosmont a climb is made to Sleights Moor, rewarded by a first sight of the North Sea, Withby and its Proiry and the radar balls of Flyingdales Early Warning Station (now a sort of beheaded pyramide). The path then descends to the hamlet of Little Beck, continues to Falling Foss waterfall, and crosses Sneaton Low Moor and Graystones Hill before arriving in the village of Hawsker.
Some words about Hawsker. There is a pub in Hawsker called The Fox and the Hounds, or something like that... I never took a good look because .... I visited Hawsker several times in this life time, everytime it was in cold, wet weather and in desperate need of a drink, something warm or strong. Don't count on the pub in Hawsker ... it is closed!

Last scetch in the book Robin Hood's Bay
left - The last stretch in the booklet. right - Scenic Robin Hood's Bay.

The final three miles is along cliff tops reminiscent of the first three miles at St. Bees, to journey's end, the village of Robin Hood's Bay with houses clinging to the steep hillside and a former haunt of smugglers. When you're standing with your weary feet in the North Sea just remember ... the Lakeland Fells, the Pennines and the Moors. That's it, buy yourself a drink at the Bay Hotel and find the book to let everybody know that you've made it! My entry? Look for the year 1990 ... I keep coming back to places along the route, but never walked a second Coast to Coast.

The Bay Hotel, Robin Hood's Bay
above - The end of the road, standing with your feet in the North Sea. Longing for a pint at the Bay Hotel ... cheers!

It is gone. The book ... it's STOLEN. Somebody took it! I visited Robin Hood's Bay on a walk from Whitby and I asked at the bar in the Bay Hotel. Actually, there are two books missing. The one from 1990 and 1994! Who took it!? Bring it back!

The end of the road