Cleveland Way 50th & Guisborough Priory 900th Anniversaries
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History and heritage galore! All in a 10 mile walk.
Let's celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the opening of the Cleveland Way by walking a stretch on the northern edge of the North York Moors. And then, step further back in time at the ruins of Guisborough Priory to mark 900 years since it was founded by Robert de Brus, ancestor of the Scottish King Robert the Brus.
We also tread a part of Cleveland Street long-distance path, which starts / ends at the Priory. Other highlights include Slapewath viaduct (disused railway) in the heart of Cleveland Ironstone mining territory, the Guisborough Forest, and stunning views from Highcliff Nab over the Tees Valley, across to the Pennines, County Durham and out over the North Sea.
The route is a mix of forest tracks, moorland paths, a little bit of tarmac, and an opportunity to find cakes in Guisborough town centre before we return to the start. Entry to Guisborough Priory is free.
What to bring
Water: bring at least two litres
Medicines: if you have hay fever, diabetes, minor ailments etc.
Day rucksack: typically 20-30 litres, they are comfortable to wear and allow you to use your arms freely
Boots: waterproof and breathable and designed for hiking, trainers are OK if the ground is dry and there’s little chance of rain
Gaiters: recommended for wet weather or boggy conditions
Socks: proper walking socks will keep your feet dry and help prevent blisters
Layered clothing: lets you quickly adapt to changes in the weather and body temperature. Go for a base layer (vest or t-shirt) and a mid layer (a micro fleece or shirt) and in cooler weather add an outer layer (a windproof jacket or thick fleece)
Trousers: ideally no jeans as they become heavy and cold in the rain, breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry and on warm days shorts are OK
Waterproof jacket: essential when hiking in all but the calmest of weather, breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry
Gloves: Windproof, or better still, waterproof gloves are the best choice, bring a spare pair if expecting rain
Hat or cap: stay warm in winter and shaded in summer
Sunglasses: for any sunny day, even in winter
Sun cream: can be useful even on cloudy and winter days
Snacks: bring biscuits, energy bars, gels, bananas, chocolate or dried fruit for example and put them somewhere easy to get hold of
Lunch: bring a packed lunch unless otherwise stated
Food & drink
Bring a packed lunch and water. Refreshments will be available to buy in cafes in Guisborough towards the end of the walk, and at the Visitor Centre where we park the cars.