Runswick Bay is as lovely as Staithes, but this time it's the little beach that delights the visitor, and today, there were plenty of them. We joined them all, walking along the beach, watching dogs chase sticks, children run circles around their parents, and couples paddle happily in the sea. Yes, it really did feel almost like summer.
It was also a very wet, very muddy and steep path through woodland. At times we weren't sure if we were on the path at all. But once we got to the top and out of the trees, the way ahead was very clear. And the view was wonderful.
It wasn't long before we reached the disused railway line and followed the local path out across the farmland. Then we found that the OS Map didn't match what was on the ground. The railway line petered out onto a field, the farmer had obviously cleared away the remains of the enbankment, and the only way we could continue was to cross the field, despite there being no right of way. We scooted across quickly to the ROW on the other side. Something to remember for the future.
The next section of the walk along roads and through Hinderwell was uneventful. Oakrigg Wood on the other hand, with its owl carvings, was very pleasant.
And then, all too soon we were back at the car park, pleasantly tired. The route measures out a 8.2 miles, with 1200 feet of up. so it's not too difficult, (unless you count the slippery slope upwards). If we were to do it again though, we'd probably try to find a different way back that didn't include crossing that farmers field.
Here's the map.