The temptation to head off to the Lakes was strong after the easing of the coronavirus lockdown restrictions - but somehow, it just didn't feel right for me yet, especially with the mountain rescue concerns in lakeland - So I decided to limit my journey and only venture 30 minutes away from home and leave the excitement of a return to the lakes for another week or two. However, this was still a great opportunity to do something other than walking round the town and all the local footpaths that I had been restricted to for my daily exercise.
I chose to go into the lovely North Yorkshire Moors, it was a hot & sunny day and to be fair, was a nice re-introduction to countryside walking after very limited strolls over the last ten weeks. Todays walk started at Square Corner, just east of Osmotherley - plenty of space for parking and a good choice of walks. My route today was into the Hambleton Hills and started by walking up and around Black Hambleton on the Cleveland Way before turning left and heading around Great Arden Moor. Following a descent into the Thorodale valley and North Moor Wood it was onto the lovely Arden Hall before heading back up the track and re-joining the Cleveland Way for the return back to Square Corner.
Even though the word 'Hills' are used - there isn't a great deal of ascent and the walk is reasonably gentle albeit I still clocked up over 13 miles. Legs a bit tired, but now warmed up again and ready for a few fells on my next outing. A gentle but nice day out in lovely conditions.
3D outline of route