Esk Valley

Esk Valley

North Yorkshire

Route: Esk Valley

Area: North Yorkshire

Date of walk: 24th February 2017

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 6.0 miles

Ascent: 1,000 feet

Weather: cloudy with sunny intervals

The Esk Valley is one of the most beautiful dales in the country, running from Westerdale on the west to Whitby on the east, and carrying the River Esk to the sea. It’s a while since we were last here and a return visit was long overdue

We parked at Beggar’s Bridge near Glaisdale and joined a path through East Arnecliff Wood – part of the long distance Esk Valley Walk. After emerging from the wood we walked along a quiet lane into Egton Bridge

After crossing the railway line we walked uphill through farmland, with superb retrospective views into the valley, enhanced by blue skies and attractive cloud formations. After passing through Westonby Farm we had to replan our route, since the footpath ahead was a complete quagmire. Knee deep mud made the route inaccessible, and with no apparent way of circumventing it we decided to return to the start via Bank Lane. This wasn’t an issue as it’s a quiet lane carrying very little traffic

It was an excellent walk in unspolit surroundings and we hope to return to the area soon

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