|Danby Wiske to Ingleby Cross (14 km)|
Wast Water - Wander
Wast Water - Scafells
Patterdale - Helvellyn
The Cleveland Hills get closer over the wheat in a field near Deighton Lane.
More flat walking but the approaching Cleveland Hills give interest to the view ahead. This is a fairly short day so either stroll along drinking in the countryside or extend your journey into the attractive village of Osmotherley (slightly off the Coast to Coast Walk). Osmotherley has an added advantage of a youth hostel and the Queen Catherine inn is very good. I stuck to the Coast to Coast Walk since I had already visited Osmotherley twice on other walks.
|The Manor House||B&B||01609 774662|
|The Old School||B&B||01609 774227|
|White Swan Inn||Pub||01609 770122|
Leave Danby Wiske past the White Swan pub on Danby Lane and soon pass over the winding River Wiske. This is a very indecisive river - it starts near Ingleby Arncliffe (almost at the end of today's walk) flowing north, makes a gigantic loop to end up flowing south here and then parallels the River Swale for 20 kilometres before merging west of Thirsk. Beyond the river, the Main East Coast railway line is crossed.
Danby Lane is departed on the left for Crowfoot Lane which all too soon meets the busy A167 road at Oaktree Hill (a few houses and a garage). The only point of interest is hidden off to the right - the site of the Battle of the Standard (1138AD), won by Archbishop Thurston of York who fought the Scots lead by King David. The "Standard" was a large ship's mast decorated for the Archbishop's "holy war".
|Heyrose Farm||B&B||01609 881554|
|Lovesome Hill Farm||B&B & bunkhouse||01609 772311|
Head along the road towards Darlington for a couple of hundred metres and then thankfully depart it over a stile onto a lovely green lane. This pathway soon meets the quiet Deighton Lane which is followed for a few metres to the north. The driveway to Moor House Farm gives good views across to the Cleveland Hills - try to ignore the various British Telecom apparatus on Beacon Hill. Fields and farms then take the Coast to Coast Walk to Long Lane which traces the straight line of a lesser known Roman road.
|Blue Bell Inn, Ingleby Cross|
A zigzag to the south brings you to the driveway for Wray House, whose farmyard is avoided by heading right to a stile and field. The Northallerton - Teesside Railway Line is crossed and then a footbridge crosses a small stream to a field corner. The field boundary is followed around 2 sides to the tarmaced Low Moor Lane which heads for the farmstead of Harlsey Grove. Past the farm, the lane becomes rougher and gives a long march (about a kilometre) to a road junction. A short stretch of tar gets the trail onto the access road for Sydal Lodge. The house is passed straight ahead to more farm buildings, which are passed again to a gate and then a field descending to revisit the River Wiske (now flowing to the north).
The photo on my Introduction was taken as the path rises up through crops to the lonely ruins of Breckon Hill (an atmospheric place for a break). The zigzag drive out from the ruins passes two farms to reach the hectic A19 road. There is a filling station to your left with a Little Chef cafe. Cross carefully to the narrow lane rising to the village of Ingleby Arnecliffe. This is an attractive village with an interesting old-fashioned water tower on the crest of the rise.
Ingleby Cross is just down the hill from Ingleby Arnecliffe and is just as attractive with its pocket green, old cross (one arm missing) and comfortable inn. If you have arrived early (as is easily done) then a visit to the nearby Mount Grace Priory ruins is in order. They are only 3 kilometres away - see the next page for the route.