Cleveland Way & Yorkshire Wolds Way OR Offa's Dyke

Posted by: Harland

Cleveland Way & Yorkshire Wolds Way OR Offa's Dyke - 09/03/12 06:54 PM

I am uncertain as to my next LDP but probably either the Cleveland Way & the Yorkshire Wolds Way or Offa's Dyke.

The Cleveland Way is easier for transport for me but I was wondering whether anyone has walked both of these and has a strong preference. I'll probably walk it in June if that makes any significant difference.
Posted by: slowcoach

Re: Cleveland Way & Yorkshire Wolds Way OR Offa's Dyke - 10/03/12 02:55 PM

The Cleveland Way and the Wolds Way are two completely different kinds of walk and can't really be compared to each other.

The WW is basically a rural stroll with little in the way of wild areas (only really the area around Millington can be called remote). It spends a lot of time meandering its way across the Wolds farmland ... a pleasant thing in itself. There are very few ascents on it and you are never far from some form of habitation. Plenty of tea shops along the way.

I would say that it is certainly a walk to be attempted (but then, as part of the team that created it, I am biased). It makes an enjoyable 5,6 or 7 days outing but cannot in any way compare with the Cleveland way.

There is a leaflet about it available giving details of camp sites, serviced accommodation etc. If you can't find it locally ring Malcolm Hodgson (Wolds Way Officer) at The North York Moors offices (01439 770657) and ask for it to be sent to you.

If you have done the CW then give the WW a chance, but be prepared for a totally different kind of walking.
Posted by: Harland

Re: Cleveland Way & Yorkshire Wolds Way OR Offa's Dyke - 18/04/12 02:05 PM

Finally decided on doing both the Cleveland Way and the Yorkshire Wolds Way, all accommodation booked, apart from one where I am awaiting a phone call, starting on 24 May.

I was surprised how easy it was to find accommodation, there was only one where I couldn't be accommodated.

I might do Offa's Dyke later in the year.
Posted by: slowcoach

Re: Cleveland Way & Yorkshire Wolds Way OR Offa's Dyke - 18/04/12 07:57 PM

Who will patrol the site for spam during your absence?
Posted by: Harland

Re: Cleveland Way & Yorkshire Wolds Way OR Offa's Dyke - 19/04/12 09:51 AM

I may regret these words but it seems to be getting better of late!

Whilst I do enjoy reading on this site, and helping very occasionally, I do like to see what other walkers have been doing. However there is nothing like getting out with your boots on away from computers, phones, TV etc and meeting like minded individuals in youth hostels, bunk barns etc.
Posted by: slowcoach

Re: Cleveland Way & Yorkshire Wolds Way OR Offa's Dyke - 20/04/12 06:40 AM

Hope that you have a good experience. The easterly winds are bringing heavy rain at the moment so the boggy areas are starting to come back. Should be fun if the slabs east of Roseberry are underwater!
Posted by: Harland

Re: Cleveland Way & Yorkshire Wolds Way OR Offa's Dyke - 12/06/12 05:14 PM

Originally Posted By: slowcoach
Who will patrol the site for spam during your absence?

Regrettably nobody needed to but delighted that the board is now back online. I did walk both the Cleveland Way and the Wolds Way and got the best of the weather although I must admit I was longing for a bit of rain or cold weather. I was so hot I had to stop at a pub at lunchtime, when available, to cool down a bit! I am not a big drinker but a pint or two in the evening after a long walk is something to look forward to.
Posted by: flatlands

Re: Cleveland Way & Yorkshire Wolds Way OR Offa's Dyke - 21/06/12 07:01 PM

Good to see the forum, up and running again. How did the CW & YWW go, Harland. I'm planning to walk the Cleveland Way in 4 weeks time and always a good walk to do.
Posted by: Harland

Re: Cleveland Way & Yorkshire Wolds Way OR Offa's Dyke - 21/06/12 07:55 PM

Originally Posted By: flatlands
Good to see the forum, up and running again. How did the CW & YWW go, Harland. I'm planning to walk the Cleveland Way in 4 weeks time and always a good walk to do.

I walked the first 4 days that most guide books show in 2 days which was about right for me. I stayed at Helmsley youth hostel the night before then stayed at Osmotherley the first night then the YHA Kildale Camping Barn the second night. Whilst the time walking was about right in those first 2 days I must say that Osmotherley to Kildale did test me as I do weigh some 16 stone being 6' 4" tall. The rest of the Cleveland Way was roughly as per the guide book. As you have walked it before you will know that the signage is first class.

A different walk than my previous ones albeit that I have walked the SWCP before but the walk from Saltburn to Filey was different but enjoyable and a bit easier than the north coast of the SWCP. I didn't know the east coast very well beforehand so it was all fairly new to me but I did enjoy it. Not many fellow walkers apart from day walkers until you get to Robin Hood's Bay where there were lots of people completing the C2C. There was a bit of sea fret that did reduce my enjoyment a bit but when it cleared the sun was red hot! Never having been there before I even enjoyed walking along Scarborough sea front.

The part of my walk that I enjoyed far more than I expected was the Wolds Way, walking in, around and over the dry valleys was a real pleasure. Thixendale was a real delight and a wonderful place to stay the night. I did the walk from Filey to Hessle whilst I met a few people coming the other way I didn't meet anyone going my way. Nobody could understand why I was walking it in that direction notwithstanding that they knew I had walked the CW first finishing at Filey.

If there is anything specific you want to know then let me know.
Posted by: flatlands

Re: Cleveland Way & Yorkshire Wolds Way OR Offa's Dyke - 22/06/12 12:20 PM

Cheers for that, sounds like you had good interesting walk. Yes, the Whitby to Robin Hood's Bay is very popular with day-walkers.