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Stood Up by the Goblins of Boggle Hole

In spite of its name, Boggle being the local name for hobgoblins, we saw none. Even Ripon Runners on their annual weekend away could not entice them out of their caves. The Boggle Hole Youth Hostel, built within the shell of an old mill in the eponymous bay just South of Robin Hoods Bay, was our Saturday night refuge. What a quirky, quint and unusual place. No wonder it is so popular with families with its sea-faring relics and proximity to the narrowest of sea inlets.

The weekend started with a Bully fry up – see the photos

The rendezvous was a layby in the village of Newton on Rawcliffe where John and Mike P. had set up a stove for tea, bacon and veggie sausages. It was cold and drizzling when we arrived at the breakfast layby but the smell of frying soon lifted morale. Once set up for our 20 mile jog over the moors the group split between superfast and normal; first setting off for Levisham Station down a steep descent, which all realised would eventually have to be re-ascended! A steep uphill climb took us to the view point of Skelton Tower with majestic views of the North York Moors Railway in the valley of Pickering Beck. The escarpment route continued onto the main A169 which was crossed to access Saltergate Brow. Before continuing however more food and drink was consumed, courtesy of Mike Bray as well as Bully. This crossing point on the A169 has a famous view point which all admired. Famous because it looks out over the Hole of Horcum of which Chris attempted to explain the geology but his audience rapidly faded away enticed by cake and fruit!

From there onwards your writer was as much in the navigational dark as his group but his one error near Fylingdales was rapidly corrected by the OS mapping and GPS on his iphone. Progress was slow due to the rocky and very muddy terrain that reduced us to walking pace but with the sun now dominating the weather reaching the high point of Lilla Cross seemed a worthwhile achievement. Not much is known about this ancient, Celtic styled cross but it sits atop a Bronze Age Barrow.

It was a relief to reach the A171 on Jugger Howe Moor as more tea and food were on offer. The last leg to the hostel was first via a very muddy moorland track, then field paths before the last 2 miles of coastal path, part of the Cleveland Way. As we completed our day the sun was setting and the views from the cliff tops were magical although the mud was less so! The hostel was most welcoming with its own bar, a wood burning stove to warm by and a meal of quite reasonable standard.

Sunday turned out to be probably the sunniest day we have had all April. The choice was between the costal path to Whitby or the cinder track of the old Whitby – Scarborough railway. However the day began with a paddle in the sea of Robin Hoods Bay as this provided the most direct route from Boggle Hole Hostel. There is a steep ascent of the village street to access the old train line but then onwards it was a wonderful jog along the cinder track finally crossing the famous viaduct over the River Esk into Whitby. Only two of the group undertook the costal route, Lisa and Mike with Lisa still trying to explain the deep scratch marks which appeared on her shoulder! Your medical officer was refused an inspection.

Whitby beer, fish and chips lived up to all expectations so we were well set up for the steam train ride along the NYMR towards Pickering but alighting at Levisham. The steam train was so beguiling, as it trundled along at only 25mph, that the most cynical of the Ripon Runners were complete, heritage-rail converts by the time they reached Levisham. 1½ miles or so up the aforementioned steep bank returned us to Newton and the transport home.

A huge thanks to Bully and Michael Bray, a new member, for all their support in providing food and drink as well as bag conveyance. Mile Pennock takes the credit for route planning and Tim for providing the PDF mapping. Thank you to you both.

Where to next year? Any ideas to “Pennock/Bennett Running Weekends” but with the permission of the new Chair of course.

CJB – past Chair
April 16