Cleveland Way Day 4 - Kildale to Saltburn
Enjoying the delights of Captain Cooks Monument, Roseberry Topping, Highcliff Nab and Guisborough Woods before finally reaching the North Sea coastline at Saltburn.
3D outline of route
Starting from Kildale Railway Station - No cars needed today for us as we could easily get a train to Kildale from Thornaby and then one back from Saltburn at the end of the walk. So picking up from where we left off at the end of the quite hard Day 3 previously, we set off towards familiar territory.
Looking back over Bankside cottages and Kildale Moor to the backdrop of the Cleveland Hills, where we walked along (in the murk) on our previous section of the Cleveland Way.
The steady climb through Mill Bank Wood towards Captain Cooks monument at the top of Easby Moor.
Captain Cooks Monument (1827) can be seen for miles around. How many times we have been here, but it's still a great place to visit with it's amazing views and always merits a photo or two.
Heading away from the monument northwards, skirting Easby Moor and alongside the edge of the escarpment.
Looking back at Gribdale Gate car park after the ascent onto Ayton Moor
The fantastically shaped Roseberry Topping. At this point, the Cleveland Way makes you do an 'Out and Back' to climb this hill - but it's certainly worth it, and you will feel cheated if you duck out and follow on the path. For us, it felt even more weird, as we must have each climbed it a hundred times - but being purists, we didn't even give it a second though - apart from the odd grumble whilst hauling ourselves up the east side path.
Ten minutes of hard work coming up !
The summit of Roseberry Topping with it's magnificent views over the Cleveland Plain. It's a great place to have a drink and a breather - especially on days like today, but keep the trig point summit clear for all to enjoy - as you will be unlikely to be alone.
Gisborough Moor with Highcliff Nab just visible in the distance.
You will find the other half a bit further on !
Potters Ridge - Our lunch spot in the sun.
Close up at Highcliff Nab.
Highcliff Nab offers fantastic views over Guisborough and the coastline can now be seen from Redcar to Saltburn.
Guisborough Woods at the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors.
Halfway through the woods and still enjoying the days walk. This weather makes the walk so much better, Day 3 was spoilt really through the mist and gloom.
Slapewath, crossing the A171 at the Fox & Hounds.
A stiff climb out of Slapewath with an essential breather and drink at the top. All down hill from here I think.
The very unimpressive Skelton Green followed by the equally unimpressive Skelton. After complementing ourselves on our impeccable navigational skills today - we then proceeded to get a bit lost within a relatively new housing estate. I assume that the path had been re-directed slightly due to building works and we missed the signs (if there were any). All the same, we picked the path back up and were soon on our way again.
It looks like Skelton and Satburn are almost joined together.
Under the A174 towards Skelton Beck.
Picking up the path alongside Skelton Beck, we crossed a small bridge and then went underneath this huge railway viaduct - what an impressive sight.
Climbing up from the beck, the viaduct can be seen again in the distance.
Arriving in Saltburn, with the railway station straight ahead. No time to waste as we have 4 minutes to get there for our train - We will be back though soon, to explore the delights of Saltburn a little more upon the start of our next Cleveland way section - although we have yet to decide whether that will be to Runswick Bay or Whitby - Any thoughts ?