Friday 12th May 2006
Osmotherly to Blakey Ridge
Another glorious sunny start, we made good progress out of Osmotherly up into the Cleveland Hills. we watched a helicopter manoeuvring about the valley below our vantage point. We stopped at Lordstones cafe for Coffee and a Current square and got a lecture off the owner about his anger over being omitted from OS Maps.
Then the clouds blackened and as we headed for the Wainstones we donned our wet weather gear expecting a thorough soaking. As we reached the stones Thunder and lightening struck the valleys to the South and ahead of us. We hurried a bit over the stones not wishing to be the highest point during a lightening storm BUT….
To our utter amazement the storm never came – it just sounded off all round us and not a drop landed on us (I still don’t know what I’ve done to deserve that one?)
We arrived at The Lion Inn very tired, and after a late change in accommodation had to ring up for our lift.
We were collected by the delightful Mrs Sugars who transported us to our accommodation at Sevenford House Rosedale Abbey. She explained on route that she was sorry that we would have to be accommodated in the annex, we explained that we didn’t mind as long as we had a good bed for the night. On arrival we were shown to “the annex” – a 3 bedroom house with lovely views, set in 4 acres, we had a bedroom to ourselves, a bath, beds the size of Wales, truly Nirvana!
A stroll down to The White Farm Inn for a lovely meal, then watching a terrific thunder storm during which hail pelted the landscape whilst sat in front of a roaring log fire with a pint of real ale… well.