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Lyke Way Walk

Location: England (Yorkshire Moors) Distance: 43 miles (69km)

Sat 18 May Barry Cloughton drove everyone up to from Chelmsford to Osmotherley. On the Saturday morning we had an early start and we stopped for breakfast at the Little Chef at Wanstead on the A1. We arrived in Osmotherley about 11:10 and fell upon the Queen Catherine Hotel which opened at 11:00: our plan was to start walking at midday and finish within 24 hours. We there booked a taxi to collect us from Ravenscarr the following day and bring us back to Barry’s car in Osmotherley. We must have been drinking out of wet glasses for the next thing we knew we were rolling out of the bar about 12:35 and heading up the road to the official starting point. We officially started about 12:45 and stopped for an evening meal and drinks at the packed Lion Inn, Blakey. By the time we had eaten the sun was setting and we camped in pitch darkness on a luckily found green island amidst a brown moorland bog in two twin-man tents about 2½ miles beyond the inn.

Sun 19 May Having woken late we upped and awayed without breakfast. In increasingly damp then wet weather we reached the official Ravenscar end point c.1210 hours; thereby beating the walk’s 24 hour limit. We then sat in the rain and together ate an enormous sandwich supply that, unbeknown to us, Bruce had carried all the way. We then walked on to lunch and drinks at the Raven Hall Hotel, Ravenscar. Our taxi then returned us to Osmotherley where Barry Cloughton heroically drove everyone home.