How to report your crossing

April 14th, 2014

We are more than happy to receive reports on Lyke Wake crossings – preferably humorous. These reports are often quoted at Wakes as warnings to others! Crossings should be reported to; – Gerry Orchard,
General Secretary, New Lyke Wake Club,
Angram Grange, Cold Kirby, Thirsk, North Yorkshire   YO7 2HL;

or E-mail Gerry on: –

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Crossing on 28-06-20

July 2nd, 2020

Good evening Gerry,
Just reporting my crossing of the Lyke Wake this weekend gone. It’s my second time, the first way back in the 90s in around 17 hours I think. This one somewhat faster at around 9 hours 40 minutes.

I ran most of the route, hiking the hills and some tricky marshy patches. I set off just after 8am from Cod Beck and arrived at Ravenscar before 6pm. My Garmin ran out of battery just as I crossed the Scarborough Road but think I managed to get the distance correct now along with the time on the app.

It was very tough not least because of the strong winds but I enjoyed it from start to finish.

Could you please let me know how I become a member and also how I get the converted badge as I lost my one from the 90s some time ago.

Best Regards

Graham North


Midsummer Lyke Wake Crossing.

June 27th, 2020

Hi Gerry,
Just a quick note to say that we (Andrew Aitken, Joe Chester and Mark Hodgson all of York) enjoyed a great socially distanced crossing in the sunshine this week.

First time for Joe and I but Mark is now well into double digits. It was hot but the views were well worth the heat including one adder sighting. Crossing time was about 13 and a half hours. We saw very few people along the way and the only other person who said they were doing the walk was just coming down from Ravenscar in the opposite direction, starting as we were finishing.

I’ve attached a few photos.

Thanks, Andrew.

Lyke Wake Path Enhancements

June 19th, 2020

Tom Chapman, after his recent Post Covid-19 crossing, compiled the useful information below.

Thanks Tom.

Following a recent crossing, I thought I would put together a list of path enhancements and alterations that have happened over the past few years. The intention here isn’t to comment on whether things have changed for better or for worse, but simply to raise awareness of changes. I find it quite incredible that on some of the remotest parts of the walk where I never encounter anyone, there is some land management going on. So without further ado here are some details I have noticed, starting west and working eastwards –

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Scugdale Beck – there is some new gravel either side of the Beck, alongside the footbridge across the Beck. I have to say it is an odd choice of materials as the reddish stone used does not look native to the area? Maybe someone can set me right! I am assuming this has been laid to permit better access between field and farm for vehicles and livestock. The bridge itself is looking magnificent, thanks to the endeavours of the Lyke Wake Club team that is responsible for this section of Cleveland Way Maintenance. See this link for more information:

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Broughton Plantation – anyone who has not visited this path for a few years will be astounded at the lack of trees between Hasty Bank and Clay Bank as most of them have been felled through ongoing forestry work in the area. One side-effect is that the footpath down towards the steps to Clay Bank has been smoothed over, and is now a good walkable path instead of the tangled mess of boulders and roots that it was a short while ago.

Path from the Railway Track to Flat Howe – not so much to report here other than the path appears to have become more popular and therefore is easier to follow than it was a few years back. There is an obvious sign at the start of the path, saying that this is not a Bridleway.

Rosedale Moor – It looks like some conservation work has started here. Between the marshy section and the beck before the climb up to Shunner Howe, bales of wool have been rolled and placed across the peat path, presumably to reduce erosion.

Stape Road – this is a very minor improvement but this has caused me wet feet on many occasions! Just as you step off the moorland onto the road, there used to be a very wet metre or so. This has been concreted over. I have seen recent work building a farm track on Wheeldale Moor to the south of the usual Lyke Wake route so I am assuming this concrete is to benefit farm or land management vehicles.

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Fen Bogs to A169 – this rather worn and rutted path has been resurfaced as per the photo above, and drainage channels have been put in place.

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Little Eller Beck – a source of controversy here – two new footbridges have been put in place at the point where the path starts to head uphill towards Lilla Cross. Purists can be reassured that hopping the Beck is still an option!

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Lilla Cross to Jugger Howe – immediately before and after Lilla Cross there have been significant improvements to the path, with a gravel track leading to slabs either side of the Cross itself. This path seems to be a work in progress as the stones used around Burn Howe are very rough underfoot as of June 2020. There seems to have been very recent work on drainage ditches either side of the path so I can only assume this will be a temporary situation.

I think that is all for now, but it just goes to show how this is still very much a working landscape with no doubt more changes to come over the next few years.

Crossing Report 02nd June 2020 Self Isolation on the Lyke Wake Walk

June 7th, 2020

Boris, he say GO! ………so I went. Now we can exercise as long as we want each day, I crossed in 17 hours on June 3rd. The high regions of North Yorkshire Moors are the ideal place to self-isolate. To re-quote a crossing report from a couple of years ago – “Not A Soul Did I See!” ( ). Doubt I came within a mile of anyone on the whole bash. The route is very dry at the moment almost as dry as the summer of 2018 with only a couple of damp patches near Loose Howe and South Flat Howe. For anyone crossing in the future there are now two new ‘landmarks’ on the route to look out for but I won’t spoil the surprise for you!!
Being alone for the day gave me some thinking time & the following description of a Yorkshire ‘Tramper’ sprung up from the depths of my memory.
Let us give thanks for:
Our eyes and ears, and feet and hands;
Our thick thighs and calves;
Our stout knees and flexible toes;
Our tough soles and ankles;
Our strong strides and large hearts;
Our willing lungs and broad backs;
Our minds and our swelling chests;
Our vigorous voices, our rhythm and our rhymes;
Our Laughter.

Thank you for every bone and fibre,
For every faculty and attribute of our bodies,
And, above all, for our Souls.

It was written by the Yorkshire author Alfred J Brown in the 1920s but might equally might apply to any Lyke Wake Walker:

Dirger Evans

Blimey, Have I really walked that slowly ?
Lyke wake Blues ?
Lilla in the Sun!
Lost Sole ( ? ) on Wheeldale Moor

Monday/Tuesday 2nd/3rd March 2020 – A Spring Crossing – yeah right!

March 8th, 2020

Decided I couldn’t put it off any longer – time was running out to ‘get in’ my traditional pre-Wake crossing. The spheres aligned & an opportunity arose that coincided with a relative lull in the procession of storms that have recently lashed England’s Green and Pleasant Land. Everything progressed according to regulation along the ‘front line’; went over the summit of Cringle but the Miners’ Track below Cold Moor was gloopy where not frozen – should anyone be going W-E in the near future I’d recommend going over all 3 summits between Lords’ Stones & Hagg Gate if you like to keep your feet relatively clean at the ‘start’. From Botton Head onwards’ enjoyed a cold, breezy but sunny late afternoon/early evening with the setting sun glinting off some microdots of snow (not really big enough to be called patches) & with the breeze following, really enjoyed this section. Got to Old Margery just after it got dark. Continuing after a leisurely meal with my support the weather changed. Because the higher regions of the moors hadn’t thawed during the day, Rosedale Moor actually relatively easy to negotiate even in the dark – plus the experience of several dozen crossings tells you where you need to take a detour to keep moderately dry. However by the time I got to the Hamer Road the weather had deteriorated significantly; the wind had risen & it was snowing significantly (so the forecast was correct in saying there’d be ‘no rain’!). Decided to take the northern route as it would allow me option of dropping down into Eskdale should that be necessary if the conditions descended into a full blown blizzard. From Sil Howe to Louven Howe the going was quite tough with snow covering thin ice on this very water logged section – got quite a few bootfuls of icy cold water hereabouts. It got light as the mist & snow started clearing just as I arrived at Lilla Howe. The ground from here on was frozen hard with two consequences: the gravel on the firebreak was frozen solid in place which made it easier on the feet, but secondly a word of warning – got to the top of the Jugger Howe steps, set my foot on the 1st flagstone not paying enough attention and went elbow over tea kettle and hit the ground with quite a thump, picked myself up & descended the bracken/grass as a safer option. At least I didn’t suffer a wardrobe malfunction as happened last year when I crossed in frosty weather ( ).

Although not a winter crossing by Lyke Wake definition, this has been wintryist crossing I’ve ever done in terms of the weather I was on the receiving end of.

So,19 hours full stop for what was potentially the first crossing this decade (I think Gerry would be pleased to hear if anyone else beat me across this year). It’s well over 40 miles going that way round (including a couple of navigation errors in the blizzard) &, with that weather, possibly my toughest ever crossing & very definitely the coldest.

Crossing 30th November 2019………. Solo, Unsupported, Non-Winter …………. yea, RIGHT! Gerry Orchard.

December 1st, 2019

Yesterday was arguably one of the dumbest crossings that I have ever attempted and the decision to press on regardless, as it appeared that a finish before midnight unlikely, was beyond foolhardy.

I am currently in a state somewhere between life and death anticipating several sleeps today and a lethargic start to the forthcoming week.

After a surprising icy slither to Jugger Howe, believing the forecast of +6 Degrees near the coast would be accurate ( !! ), I was greeted by the roar from Jugger Howe beck from about 1/4 mile away. It was at this point that I realised that I could be in for trouble. Luckily, the water was just below bridge level, so first obstacle ticked off. The stones down and up were lethal with black ice but not too hard on fresh legs!

Little Ellerbeck also “had its moments” and I wondered whether vaulting poles should be left for those over 60 years old and / or with short legs. Sleepers around Fen Fogg……………… lethal! The gentle thaw then started making each step a gamble as to whether one would encounter sheet ice or gloopy mud. Rule of thumb “don’t step on stones cos they are black ice”!

There was somewhat of a shock as I met a man from Goathland on the route who was doing a “circular slide”. We both expressed consternation that we had encountered somebody else on the moors. He had previously completed the Lyke Wake 14 times but had successfully turned his life around.

Then came Wheeldale Stepping Stones. The good news was that the stones weren’t icy so one other hazard off the agenda. The downside was that they were still underwater due to all of the recent heavy rain. One gets deep and dark visions as one reached half way across the stones. Still, stayed upright!

The bogs “benefited” from the gentle midday thaw producing vintage bog as if after recent heavy rain. This is where the sane person would have agreed to divert and take their “coming to pick you up” partner to a meal at the Lion Inn. But no, having already gone half way to hell, why chicken out now?

The railway track actually gave one blind confidence as it was possible to move quicker than shuffle pace and the risk of “going splat”. Unfortunately as Rudland Rigg neared, so did darkness. The embryonic New Moon made a fleeting partner soon disappearing into the gathering freezing mist to shortly set unwitnessed.

On leaving the railway track, the depth of my folly soon became apparent. Those stones used for paving the path are unavoidable in most places ………………. and were just black ice covered. In the pitch dark, one loses track of gradient but unfortunately not the pain from falling over.

The mud through the woods below Clay came as a positive relief shortly to be replaced by ………more sheet ice covered stones……….

I contemplated doing the detour through the woods to the North of Carlton Bank but realised that should I not make it out, nobody would have the faintest idea where to look for me. OK, more slippery stones and a steep climb.

After Scugdale, I perceived easy walking. How wrong one can be. The road from the cattle grid was just a mass of ice……………. so started a new hobby of “verge crawling”. Still, managed to beat midnight.

Matters Arising:
Got some cracking bruises where I didn’t even know that I had places.
Not unsurprisingly, there were no other idiots doing the walk ……………………….
On a more serious note, despite carrying plenty of safety equipment, this was a very ill judged venture that could have gone badly wrong.
Even the drive home afterwards was “horrible”.

The plus side is that there were some magnificent, if unshared, views at times.

The Final Indignity.
It didn’t qualify as a Winter Crossing ( by one day )…………..


Camera Lost 12th October 2019

October 15th, 2019

Likely between Dale Head ( Disused Railway ) and Rosedale Head. If found, please contact the New Lyke Wake Club.

Crossing report 6/7/19

September 2nd, 2019

I really thought I’d done this, but it appears not!

So, I, on behalf of the rest of the group, am submitting our crossing report;

“In order to raise funds for a young man that’s a college friend of my daughter, I agreed to undertaking the crossing. Team Matthew consisted of Matthew’s mum, Julie, sister Eleanor, Susan, Sam myself and my daughter Erin.

We met up at the Osmotherley car park at an unearthly hour on Saturday 6 July, loading up on coffee and carbs , heading onto the route at 5am.

Rising up onto the tops gave us some glorious misty morning views and the weather was looking perfect.

Our support team, met us for a welcome breakfast stop, a few hours later, with hot bacon rolls and tea. All was well and everyone was in good spirits still, even after a few little hills under our belts.

Walking up towards the lion inn was pleasant, lovely moorland views in the superb weather. We didn’t see another soul until a few miles short of the lion inn, and then out of nowhere there were lots of fellow walkers enjoying the lovely weather.

Susan was our narrator, and armed with her Lyke wake book, gently narrated the route, preparing us for what was to follow.

A brief refreshment break at the pub, then we pushed on to a meal stop, provided by our fantastic support team. The support team was made up of Matthew, and his grandparents. Matthew has made the most delightful crispy cake, so the diet was shelved in lieu of carbs for energy (that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it).

The next section we found the most entertaining! The peat bogs, due to the lovely weather, were like trampolines! There was the odd part that was still quite boggy, one part with a poor motionless sheep floating in it, a reminder of how different it could have been, if we hadn’t have had such hot weather for a few weeks.

We even came across lots of frogs and a couple of snakes.. something I wasn’t prepared for, and didn’t hang around to figure out what type it was!

As we pushed on towards our next refreshment stop, well into the journey, we could see Fylingdales in the distance. We started to think about the finish, and what time we would be getting there. It occurred to us that it would be under the cover of darkness, but still not deterred.

After more crispy cake and sandwiches, and a refill of our water bottles, we headed off as the sun started to descend over the horizon.

We got to the monument where you can see the finish, at last light, which meant the last 7 or so miles was going to be in complete darkness! Fatigue and determination was setting in now, just keep moving, one foot in front of the other, keeping the reason we were doing this in the first place, at the forefront of our minds. **

We pulled together as a team to get us through the last part, Sam helping the old ladies over various becks and stiles, and a gulley that completely took us by surprise (guidebook not great in the dark!)

Our eyes kept playing tricks with us, I was convinced I saw a circle of camper vans on the moors, with a camp fire in the middle of it… who knows? I might have!

Dolomite, at this point of the journey was not the most ideal surface to be walking on… there were many swear words uttered. I fell into a bog up to my knee in the dark, so had one soggy leg for the last 2 miles – nice!!

When we reached the main road, at the last mile mark, our support team surprised us with an appearance with the words of encouragement that were needed, to enable us to get to the finish.

The last mile was full of elation and congratulations to ourselves, finally believing we could do this!

We arrived at the finish at 00:57 on 7/7/19. A great day, for a fantastic cause. 19 hours and 57 minutes!

** we are raising funds for Matthew – to purchase an ottobock limb. Matthew is in remission after having a leg amputated at age 17 due to Ewing’s sarcoma. This limb will enable him to lead as normal a life as possible.

One day of pain and blisters pales into insignificance in comparison to what Matthew has endured in the last couple of years. I am proud to have been part of team Matthew.

Would we do it again?


Kind regards

Jean Marrin

Lyke Wake Walk 31 July – 1 August 2019

August 7th, 2019

Following a wet stormy 30 July, where Reeth & District flooded, I checked and assessed the weather would have eased in the East, with showers interlaced with clear periods on Wednesday 31st July and an improved day 1st August. Weather conditions were as expected, but very wet and windy at Blakey Ridge, Lion Inn. Set of from Cod Beck outside Osmotherly on 31 July, following the Cleveland Way east, just after the cattle grid. I was down to my T shirt through Clain Woods (1a) as it was so humid. Rain showers started just after crossing the ford at Hollin Hill (3).



Long haul up to the cairn (3b) started pouring down, and I was soaked well before the road crossing (4). Across road and a steep climb to complete before the view point looking down Dromonby Bank (I used to run up this from Dromonby Farm to the top when I worked there for Mr NF Seymour & Sons 1984 – 1985). Next leg was a long haul in the rain and wind from 4 – 5 with many steep ascents & descents; past the great Wainstones off Broughton Bank, crossing the B1257 (Great Broughton to Chop gate road).






I was glad to reach a main way point; Bloworth rail crossing (Rosedale Ironstone Railway). At this point the 3 lads on the coast to coast which I had been chatting to were off in front of me, heading for the Lion Inn at Blakey and sanctuary. I keep following the old railway line with many left, right bends across Middle Head, Dale Head, Farndale Moor (feet taping session here in between rain, off the line embankment, which sorted out my hot spots), High Blakey Moor to the Lion Inn (7) (absolutely pouring down now). The 3 lads walking the coast to coast would hold up at the Lion Inn until tomorrows next leg; as they left me they said they would be thinking of me in the rain (ain’t banter great!).



My father noted he had done the walk with Reeth Fire brigade years before in hobnail boots (used to keep them in the pantry), complained about walking the railway sleepers.

From the Lion Inn to the North end of the wood at the top of Sturdy Bank (11) needs careful navving as the path is less succinct, but I headed for Dalehead Farm Tea Garden at Rosedale, across the valley and up the steep bank to the Northern end of the wood line. I then followed the disused Rosedale Ironstone Railway Line in an easterly direction for 100 metres, across the embankment and then headed due east, having to walk up from the railway line onto the moor. Trusted to my nav and I came to ‘Knott Road’ (12). From here navving is virtually due east across a wide expanse of moor. Eventually I came to moor road (N–S) not sure, so did a map & nav check.







I crossed the road from the metal moor road gate & followed the path SE from the metal gate, saw a sign Lyke Wake Walk 200mtrs, followed on & came to a sign ‘Turn Hill’ (on map after the fields in this location). I assess I was south of the Blue Manith Moss Standing Stone by about 500 metres having followed the path, but came across no standing stone. I assess I took the route through the North end of ‘Hartoft’ plantation, exiting on a view line with the Wheldale road & plantation in sight ahead. I crossed the beck below Wheldale Lodge (16), up the steep bank heading to the prominent ‘Tumulus’ on ‘Howl Moor’.



From the Tumulus I crossed open moor and descended to the NY moors railway & crossing point. Had to check nav at the other end as main road runs close to the path; crossed the road, at the turn & headed for the prominent track & gate at Eller Beck Bridge (17); there is an old hut at SE 864984 to the left. The path becomes less succinct, but I kept on an easterly bearing (1550), used the white posts as a guide, but did follow them fully as advised in the LWW guide. It was getting dark & the path was difficult to follow, sore right knee so I bashered up for a couple hours rest in the shadow of the Fylingdales EWS building to the south. Hard ground, howling wind but at least there was no rain. The following morning revealed I was only 200 metres off ‘Lilla Cross’ and from here the route was prominent, fairly straight forward (still heading east). The morning was foggy & dark. From Lilla Cross (18) to Jugger Howe Beck (19) is long, but with a well marked path, steep descent on slippy stones. From Jugger Howe Beck there is a steep climb to the A174 (Scarborough – Whitby road). I crossed this then up the long slope, well formed path to the trig point & radio mast. I followed the path eastward down to the Raven Hall Hotel, Ravenscar and the finish, 20 hours, but in adverse conditions.








I asked a lady who was walking her dog about busses then made my way to the Ravenscar Tea Rooms for some sustenance. Old abandoned railway line here is now used for walking and cycling; the station hotel is now the tea rooms & Bed & Breakfast. Had a chat to the bin men and wrote in the LWW book; first one!

I got the local bus (only 2 per day) to Scarborough, then a train to Northallerton via York, then bus from Northallerton to Osmotherly (No.89 to Stokesley), walked back to Cod beck & picked up the car.


Robert Allinson

Crossing report for 21st July – 4 successes and all first-timers

July 24th, 2019

In support of Motor Neurone Disease for research and the local Cambridgeshire group a team of 4 first time LWW attempts met with success both on the crossing and in fundraising where over £2500 was raised for MND. There was un unsuccessful walker we also supported and despite failure at the start of Wheeldale, he raised £550 for the Addenbrookes Kidney Patients Association.

They all set off together in the morning light at 04.57 at the LWW stone at Cod Beck and exactly 15 hours later they got to the finish stone at the end of Stony Marl Moor and Beacon Howe at 19.57.

Times for the sections were only notable as they got impetus near the end and flew across Fylingdales in under 2hours 30 mins. The weather was beautiful all day and the surfaces were dry for the most part. All the participants were first time walkers on the LWW and ranged in age from 59 to 69 – none of them had ever dome more than 30 miles before, so it was a great achievement.


Carol Deytrikh-White

John White

Jonathan Stafford

Tim Bryson






































Andrew Norton – Support.