Summer Walk 2023 - Kirby, Great Broughton, Stokesley & Great Ayton.
After two failed 'Rekkies' - One in and around Northallerton and the other near Thirsk, I had to plump for a walk that we had done before due to time running out to arrange a new one. It certainly is getting harder to plan, with pubs shutting or not opening till evening, cost of transportation increasing significantly and more noticeable now, our limbs and joints are aging and the distances we used to all do without even thinking, are now becoming too much and walks need to be shortened.
So we headed into North Yorkshire and the village of Kirby-in-Cleveland, as is now often the case, The Black Swan doesn't open until 4pm on a Friday (contrary to their website and with no help from the landlady I may add). But not to worry, there is only a 10 minute stroll to Great Broughton where there are three pubs - One of which, The Jet Miners, is excellent for food. After spending the afternoon there, it was on to Stokesley with more good real ale pubs and then onto Great Ayton where we spent a couple of hours in the excellent 'Tannery' - If only there were more pubs like that in the countryside it would make my life so much easier.
Anyway, another great day out and although we got a shower or two, the weather was far better than the last time we did this walk - that wouldn't have taken much mind.
3D outline of route