A beautiful day with bright skies and a gentle breeze set the scene for today’s 5.5 mile circular walk around Scarth Wood Moor, led by Andy our coach driver.  Although not as long a walk as usual, the overall ascent of the walk – around 800 feet – combined with the heat made the walk feel more like 7 + miles.

Once all members were on board the coach, Jean had a few announcements – new walker Steve was welcomed as was a return walker – Dave D!!  Walk leaders for 2019 were reminded to get their walk proposals to Jean on the next walk in October to enable next year’s programme to be drawn up.  Jean also informed the group that there wouldn’t be a pub at lunchtime on the October walk but there would be a café instead.  Walkers were also reminded to keep hydrated and wear sun screen as the glorious summer weather continued.  Regarding the Lake District trip, those going would be contacted by Andy individually with more details, however it would be a 9.00 pick up from Waterdale.

After dropping the 7 non walkers in Thirsk the remaining 42 walkers (including Andy) started today’s walk from the pretty village of Osmotherley, nestled on the edge of the Hambleton Hills.  The route took us through the village to join the Cleveland Way, walking steadily upwards, on the edge of Arncliffe Wood which gave way to spectacular views looking westwards across towards the Yorkshire Dales.  A coffee stop along the way gave us time to admire the view.  Continuing onwards, the path brought the group on to Scarth Wood Moor where again we were treated to fantastic views looking north east across moorland to the Cleveland Hills with Roseberry Topping, traditionally thought to be the highest hill on the North Yorkshire moors, in the distance. Following a downward moorland path, Cod Beck Reservoir came into view.  The grassy bank a the head of this lovely expanse of water was the setting for lunch, where 4 dachshunds entertained us with their playful paddling at the water’s edge – a comical sight as their short legs meant they were soon out the their depth!!

Following lunch, the route took walkers uphill, through woodland to join Green Lane, a well defined path, again giving way to lovely views toward Osmotherley and beyond.  Passing White House Farm, the path continued onwards to Middlestye Bank.  A fairly steep decent through woodland followed to reach a footbridge crossing a small beck that lead to a steep ascent at the other side.  Luckily the ascent followed a run of well constructed steps and after a few stops to catch our breath we reached to top of the bank emerging from the woodland to join a fenced path.  The path continued alongside fields before reaching an archway between stone cottages that lined the main street back into the centre of Osmotherley.

A choice of pubs, a tearoom and a local shop selling ice cream gave the group a choice of refreshments before a leisurely walk of just under a mile took us back to the coach.  Andy was thanked for a beautiful walk that took in wonderful and changing views along the way.

Thanks as always to Dave Ty for photos posted in September gallery.