Friday 24 April 2015. Karen went home today leaving just Amanda, Josephine and me to do today’s final walk. They will be staggered when they see the stats as the walk turned out to be 8.9 miles with 2,356ft of ascent and 2,469ft of descent. I knew that coastal walking often has many ups and downs and this one was no different.
We drove to Staithes to start the walk and immediately went down to sea level to explore the village before climbing to follow the route of the Cleveland Way. We stopped for coffee above High Nab looking back towards Staithes. Many ups & downs followed before we descended back to sea level for lunch in Runswick Bay. A film crew was working here recoding Old Jack’s Boat for CBeebies. A walk along the beach brought us to a series of steps which saw us climb 250ft up to the cliff tops once again.
At one point we were 350ft above the sea but had to descend steeply towards Sandsend before following a disused railway line into town. We arrived just in time to catch the 16:12 bus back to Staithes. The tea shop had closed by the time that we got back so we stopped for fish & chips in Sleights on the drive home.
I’ve had a little more time since posting this report to produce the following picture which graphically shows, through the profile, the number of ups and downs we encountered on this walk. None of them were particularly high but added together they make an impressive total.