The day was bright and sunny when we were dropped off at Clay Bank Top at 8.30, as we planned to lunch at the Lion Inn 9 miles away there was no rush. We ascended to Urra Moor on a paved path typical of the Cleveland Way which we had been following since yesterday morning. We were the first on the path and so we saw several families of grouse on the path and in the surrounding heather, in only 3 days there would be a lot less grouse as it would be “the glorious 12th”. We also saw several of the stone pillars which the mores is famous for including 1 with a face.
After slow progress (I had blisters on both heels and Mike was feeling under the weather) we reached an old mineral railway line and followed that for several miles, at first it was a pleasant change but as the black scar of a path wound around the valleys we tired of it and wished for sight of the Lion pub. Eventually we arrived and had lunch and a medicinal beer. After leaving we had a stretch of road walking before we reached Fat Betty a prehistoric menhir where C2Cers leave offerings of food.
After that we had a pleasant walk around Great Fryup Dale where we disturbed more grouse in the heather. The 3 brummies then caught us up and we walked together which helped us to forget our aches and pains.
The walk to Glaisdale seemed to take an age but we eventally reached the pub we were staying in and a shower plus bursting blisters made a big difference to our view of tomorrows walk the final day!
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