First of my New Year’s resolutions – start writing a blog! With a break from the traditional cinema trip in honour of elder son Nick’s birthday, we opted instead for a healthy walk on the moors. Plan for the day; full English, walk, back home for cake, cards and pressies and then off to the Moors Inn at Appleton le Moor for supper.
So, ‘set up for the day’ with breakfast (but equipped with a few mince pies in our rucksack) we headed off to Littlebeck, just south of Whitby, for a feature-packed six mile circular walk. The path was gently sloping, tree-lined and often alongside a babbling beck (or stream). We soon reached the Hermitage – a huge hollowed out boulder.
A little further, we arrived at the viewing point for the lovely Falling Foss waterfall. At 30 feet, it’s not as high as the Malyan Spout in Goathland, but it’s prettier. There’s a great tea garden here too (https://www.fallingfossteagarden.co.uk/ ) – sadly not open today – but last time we visited we enjoyed coffee and cakes – shared with a hungry nuthatch. Never mind, we were still full from breakfast and, more to the point, still carrying those mince pies!
Continuing upstream, we exchanged deciduous woodland for coniferous and then open moorland with a glimpse of the sea.
And then back to Littlebeck, but not before we encountered a performing sheep, determined to get the attention of two German visitors. They told us how much they like the “unique” North Yorkshire landscape, which is really saying something as they had travelled from Bavaria.