Cober Hill Weekend - November 2019
Twenty of us went to Cober Hill for our pre Christmas weekend.
Those that arrived early went for a short four mile walk led by Peter. The route was to Hulley's Farm by field paths then on towards Staintondale returning via the footpath/cycleway along the old railway track back to Cober Hill.
For the evening entertainment Sonia had arranged a competition named “the Coberlympics.” This involved playing these various traditional pub games: Quoits; Skittles; Bash the rat; Cricket (but not as we know it); Shove Ha'penny; Bagatelle and Table skittles. Bash the rat proved to be the most difficult.
On Saturday the “B” party was led by Peter. "We walked to the coast and followed the Cleveland Way to Hayburn Wyke where we had a coffee stop. We then continued to Ravenscar along a muddy path where we had lunch. After lunch we had refreshments in the café where we met the A party who were walking in the opposite direction from us. At this point we decided we had experienced enough muddy footpaths so we joined the old railway path/cycle way to Robin Hoods Bay. This was further than following the Cleveland Way coast path but much less muddy. After a quick drink in the pub we took the service bus back to Cober Hill.” Distance walked: 11 miles.
The “A” party walk led by Julian took a bus to Hawsker and walked out to the coast, then along to Robin Hood's Bay where Hamida joined us. We briefly stopped for a group photo at Boggle Hole youth hostel. We proceeded to Ravenscar where we had lunch and an early visit to a tea shop. The B party started arriving as we prepared to leave. We saw the remains of the Alum works and walked along the cliffs to Hayburn Wyke and then back to base, almost in darkness. Distance walked: 14 miles.
In the evening most of us took part in some country dancing led efficiently by Steve.
On Sunday “B” party led again by Peter did a circular walk from Cober Hill. In his words: “We followed field paths and lanes to Reasty Hill Top then via Whisperdales to Hackness where lunch was taken in the church porch and Peter played a couple of tunes on the church organ. We continued via a very unusual narrow valley devoid of a stream and more field paths and lanes to Burniston where some took the bus back to Cober Hill and others walked back. The walk had less mud than the Saturday but parts of the walk were slippery with some waterlogged fields.” Distance walked: 11 miles.
The “A” party walked from the house to Burniston, then over farmland skirting round above Hackness and down into the Whisper Dales valley where we met the “B” party and had a lunch stop. We then proceeded up to Reasty Hill Top (a sandstone ridge), through woodland, up a fairly steep path and then down off the ridge and back over farmland to the house. We walked 13 miles.
In the evening we played further games: Table football; Table tennis and Pool.
Thanks to Peter for organising the weekend and for leading the “B” party walks, and to Julian for leading the “A” walks. Thanks also to Sonia and Steve for organising the evening entertainment. It was a very enjoyable weekend in spite of the mud!