Coast to Coast – Day 9

Blakey to Egton Bridge – 12 miles

We thought we were up early yet as we went for breakfast a couple of Australians were just leaving their table (this was one of the two couples from yesterday).

Wishing them a safe walk they were then off. After breakfast our host took us back to the start point of the day, on top of the moor.

The winds were quite strong yet the sun shone. We said our goodbyes and set off across the moor. The good thing now about the C2C was that it was literally all downhill according to the map profile. We are walking to the Esk Valley heading towards Glaisdale and the area we were about to cross was used in the TV programme ‘Heartbeat’. The walk began at Young Ralph Cross, a stump sticking out of the ground. We passed the landmark of Fat Betty (one of two wheelheads on the North York moors) then followed the trail past Trough House which is a shooting box/ refuge for those involved with grouse shooting.

Leading to Great Fryup Dale

the path was easy to follow with plenty of C2C signposts and there was no need for a map as the weather had become clear & sunny. The views were very impressive with light purple heather for as far as the eye could see

and in the distance the North Sea was occasionally sighted. We were now developing a sense of achievement as the finish was only a day away.

As we were nearing the end of Glaisdale Rigg it was time for a break, so we found a secluded spot and sat drinking our coffee in the sun. Everything was tickety boo.

After our break we soon reached the end of Danby Moor

were now back into civilisation as we had arrived at Glaisdale.

As we walked down into the village we met up with the young couple from Manchester. They were buying the next day’s breakfast before going to seek a campsite for the night. We wished them luck and headed on to find Beggar’s Bridge.

The Beggar’s Bridge story is that in the 17th century a pauper name Thomas Ferris was courting the daughter of a wealthy squire. In order to win her hand he needed to improve his status, so he planned to set sail from Whitby to make his fortune at sea. He went to the river to say farewell to his sweetheart who lived on the other side, but the river was in flood. His dream of a romantic farewell was shattered, but he did make his fortune at sea, returned and married the women he loved. With part of his wealth he built the bridge so that no other young lovers in the village would be separated as they were.

Just next to Beggar’s Bridge is new bridge supporting the British Rail mainline to the north. Under the bridge and over the ford we were now entering a small wood which also followed the River Esk. In some sections it was very muddy so extra care was needed. Turning left out of the wood the map was showing us there was a bench alongside the road, so it was time for boots off, air the feet and have lunch. At this point we knew we were close to Egton Bridge. As we had lunch several walkers past with a cheery, “Hello”. Suitably rested, it was boots on and then a little bit of road walking to Egton Bridge. As we arrived we saw the Horseshoe Hotel

so Steve went to reserve a table for the evening. Next it was on to locate Broom House, our accommdation. We found the bridge

(very picturesque) next to some stepping stones

and, following the guide book, we crossed to discover our accommodation about 15 minutes walk from the Horseshoe Hotel. At Broom House

we were met by our hosts, shown to our rooms, (again I was on the top floor) then told of the house rules.

We decided that as we had time today we would walk on to Grosmount as Lynn is a steam train enthusiast. We contiued about two miles, passing other walkers, and arrived in Grosmount

where Steve and I sat awhile whilst Lynn took photos.

We eventually ended up in the engine sheds to look around before sitting down to a refreshing cup of tea and a scone.

We now faced a dilemma. Should we walk back to our B&B which would mean that we would have done more miles than the full 192 miles of the Coast 2 Coast and would still have to walk back to Grosmont in the morning or, as we had finished the days walk in Grosmount, not Egton Bridge, should we arrange a taxi to take us to and from our B&B? After a brief discussion we decided on a taxi, which we duly arranged to take us to Grosmount in the morning.

Back at our accommdation, we asked our hosts we asked about the best way to the Horseshoe Hotel that evening. They suggested the stepping stones and to help us on our return they provided us with torches (how thoughtful). Without further ado we set off for dinner and returned safely, no wet feet nor anyone falling in the river. Phew!!! Then it was time for sleep ready for the final day.

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