West Ayton

West Ayton

North York Moors

Route: Hackness to West Ayton and back

Area: North York Moors

Date of walk: 14th February 2013

Walkers: Andrew

Distance: 9.7 miles

Ascent: 1,000 feet

We drove to Derwent View Hackness in thick fog and drizzle and I entertained thoughts of abandoning the planned walk. However, when we emerged from Forge Valley on the approach to the cottage, we were miraculously greeted by blue skies and sunshine and it was game on!

I walked along the valley intending to use the boardwalk along Forge Valley but the ground was saturated and there was ground mist, so I made a spot decision to take the higher route above Forge Valley, so as to stay in the sun and keep my boots dry. The path above the valley took me all the way to the outskirts of West Ayton.

I then walked along deserted tracks and paths through Yedmandale, into Wykeham Forest and back to Hackness.

It was a beautiful day, especially in the light of my earlier low expectations.

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