Saw my first lambs of the season in the fields behind East Farm, cute!
Muddy slither down into Murton Wood, followed by a stiff climb out of the other side.
A long, not very exciting track (Ox Pasture Lane) took us to Ryedale where we dropped down through farmland which was populated with more lambs and ponies. Through several farms in quick succession and down to the banks of the River Rye. After a snack stop, we followed the Rye for a short distance, the path being on good board walk before climbing up and over Ashberry Hill. Now we turn right (west) along the Cleveland Way, into first Nettle Dale then into Flassen Dale. The track here is quite dull if I'm honest, but it was nice in the sunshine.
A stiff climb out of Flassen Dale and over a couple of fields back to the car at Cold Kirby. Back home for marshmallows and cider!
|Larry and his mum.|
|Steep decent in Murton Wood.|
|Mmmmmm choice of ciders!|
I have thought about doing this route as a run, but it's really not very exciting. Still, 9 miles is 9miles so I may still do it some time.
(See 'Cold Kirby/Ryedale' in the routes section for full details.)