For our third coach ramble of the 2005 season, twenty-five members and guests travelled to the hamlet of Chop Gate in the North York Moors. From The Village Hall nine walkers, led by Mike Lowsley, set off to walk past Bilsdale Hall and join the bridleway on the east side of Bilsdale heading for The Cleveland Way track along Carr Ridge, just before the car park at Clay Bank. The rest of the party, led by Kevin Murphy, started their walk at Clay Bank. From this point both groups followed The Way in a westerly direction with a delightful scramble over Wain Stones and long ascents and descents which are a feature of this wonderful route. Many other walkers were taking advantage of the superb weather to enjoy the good views and cheerful camaraderie. On reaching the cafe at Green Bank the walkers headed south on little walked tracks through farms and woodlands on the east side of Bilsdale. The contrast between the sheltered woodlands and the open aspect of the high moor illustrated the great variety of landscape that can be freely enjoyed in a comparatively short time. Our route back to the starting point was via footpaths from Raisdale Mill through West Cote Farm.
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