Summer walk – Paul Clarke writes

Heading along the coast to Kettleness

Given the preceding week’s atrocious weather, it was with some trepidation that twelve YTI members and friends met on Saturday 14th July in the breezy car park at Sandsend, just outside Whitby. Local resident and YTI member Caroline Hirst had kindly planned and tried out two possible walks and we decided that the one along a section of the Cleveland Way to Kettleness and back would be the most varied. After some of us succumbed to the temptations of coffee and brownies, we set off up the path, quickly gaining some height and being rewarded with great views in both directions along the coast.

Unexpected wildlife

We even encountered some Highland cattle along the way!

Reaching Kettleness, we ate our packed lunches and continued the convivial conversations we had all been enjoying as we walked. After lunch, we headed back along country lanes to Sandsend, finishing the afternoon with a visit to the pub for a well-deserved pint/gin and tonic/glass of wine/cup of coffee. Despite some clouds, our fears of rain were unfounded and we all enjoyed a welcome break away from our computer screens.

View from the Cleveland Way