Archive for July, 2021

Crossing Sunday 20th June 2021.

Friday, July 2nd, 2021

My daughter Charlotte Houlgate and I completed the walk a couple of weeks ago

We started in Osmotherley village at 3.58 am (and from the official start at 4.26am) and finished at Ravenscar at 19.26 pm (19.04 pm at the official finish).


We had no support from start to finish.

The weather was perfect for walking – light rain for the first few hours and a cool breeze throughout the day. The only downside was the heavy mist until we reached the disused railway. We had been looking forward to the views but they just never appeared.

Also we arrived at the Lion Inn at Blakey at around 11.20 am so it was closed when we got there and our wait for beer was extended. Rather than hang around for 40 minutes we pressed on to for lunch with Fat Betty.

The boggy crossing was dry and spongy and we bounced along at some considerable pace.



The route was pretty easy to follow and we did not get lost at any time (unusual for me).



Having finished the walk I promptly turned my ankle. I suppose better at the end than the start or the middle.

Our second attempt at beer was thwarted too, as my wife had arrived early to pick us up and with her starting work early the next morning wasn’t keen for me to start imbibing. Such is life.

Charlotte and i enjoyed our day out though, that’s for sure.

David Houlgate – Knaresborough

Crossing 12th June 2021.

Thursday, July 1st, 2021

Hi there,

I would like to report 2 new members following our crossing on the 12th of June;

We left Cote Ghyll Mill just after 4am and arrived / finished just after 8pm. We crossed unsupported but would like to thank the support team from Scarborough College who provided much needed additional water as the afternoon warmed up, as well as the unnamed lady who took pity on us and gave us a lift from the finish down to the Raven Hall Hotel. It wasn’t difficult to appear in need of a lift.

We may not have been the oldest crossing on the day, being 54 & 58 respectively, but I am pretty sure we were the heaviest, both comfortably exceeding 120 kilos, never mind our sandwiches.

It is fair to say that we suffered; sore feet receiving temporary relief on the springy section across Glaisdale Moor – unfortunately short lived unlike the Fylingdales building which seemed to be ahead of us forever and like the mast at Beacon Howes never seeming to get closer.

One other group were crossing for their second year in a row; our initial view was that once was enough but a couple of weeks (and sherries) later and who knows?

Richard Smith
Kris Hopkins