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Wydale Hall, North Yorkshire Weekend - March 2018

There were nineteen of us staying at Wydale Hall for Easter, and we were joined for the walks by one more member, Anthea.

For those arriving early on Thursday, Chris B led a 5 mile circular walk from the Hall.

On Friday, A party, led by Ian, went by car to Hole of Horcum. They walked down to Newton Dale Halt railway station, a request stop on the Yorkshire Moors Railway. There they had a short break, saw a steam train pass by and then proceeded though a forest to Levisham railway station where they joined a lot of steam train enthusiasts who were enjoying lots of puffing and smoking, from the Engine. After this they set off into the village and to finish the walk.

B party began from the same starting point and walked to Bride Stones (odd-shaped rocks and boulders formed by erosion.) They then carried on to Milo Cross, returning to the Hole of Horcum, a total distance of just under 10 miles.

In the evening, Chris B gave us a Quiz on Norse place names.

On Saturday A party set out late due to the poor weather. They went to Multon and had coffee. They then drove on to Rillington. They walked to Scampston village where they had lunch in a very nice cafe serving all homemade food. Packed lunches were saved for another day.  They then went to Wintringham and Thorpe Bassett.

B party took a bus to Scarborough and walked for 3 miles. The party split up, some going to the Rotunda Museum.

C party - Colin and Mike - went to the Eden camp museum, a former Second World War prisoner-of-war camp, near Malton.

In the evening most of us watched the film ‘Paddington 2’. The centre had a DVD and very large screen.

On Sunday A party went to the Easter service at a church in Hutton Buscel. This was followed by a walk around Whitby.

An A plus party of 4 went on a coastal walk from Sandends to Brunswick Bay, and back. 3 took a tumble in the mud and got a drenching walking along the seafront, but it was all good fun.

B party drove to Pickering and took the train on the North York Moors railway to Levisham where they had refreshments. They walked up the east side of the Newtondale then followed a fairly level route on paths tracks and country lanes to Pickering. The walk was about 7.5 miles and was very muddy in places.

In the evening there were various games being played. There was one very competitive game of Uno.

On Monday due to the weather most people set off home but Ian led a short 4 mile anti-clockwise walk, which ended back at the Hall at about midday. The intrepid group of 4 braved some cold, wet conditions. They headed north-west up Wydale Lane to Moorsome Farm and then decided to shorten the walk with a direct rote back to the Hall via Snainton Lane and the outskirts of Snainton.

Thanks to Chris B for finding a splendid place to stay, and to Peter, Ian and Anthea for leading the walks.

Chris R