So an early start on Saturday saw us heading further afield into the North Yorkshire moors.
The destination was Castleton Station over in Eskdale, North Yorkshire. The Esk Valley Loop is a famous walk around some beautiful places in the North Yorkshire moors. A ~16 mile loop, some of it along the old Esk Valley Railway.
Although 16 mile is a lot of distance to cover, the walk is quite easy with the major incline towards the beginning and the rest just gradually swooping back down towards Castleton Moor Station.
Roughly 6 mile into the walk you come across The Lion Inn. Situated just off the road is a beautifully set good ol’ English pub.
A quick pit stop in the form of a pint and we were back on our way. This time walking down the old railway track. This is where you can make up some ground from the pub pit stop as the paths are good.
Following the maps and the GPS you do go a bit off road where the path is barely visable and your making your own way trying to avoid the boggy bits and across the fjord.
There is plenty of moments around the Esk Valley Loop where you can just stop and take in the amazing views on offer of the moors.
With the finish line in site you do have to walk on the road a bit (roughly 100 meters) but that’s all.
Hopefully this walk will improve our fitness a bit ready for next weekends Cleveland Mountain Rescue Survival. Fingers Crossed!! ?
We got to the wildlife park at about 1PM on an overcast saturday. The weather did lift though and the rest of the day was fine!
When walked through the car park towards the entrance and you could hear the sound of lions roaring. Scary times! We paid our money to go in and started our journey around the park.
Becks had the camera at hand but i did help out in taking some of the pictures. The first animals we met where the meerkats. They where like a show piece for everyone who came in the park to see. They had two big pens which where filled with about 10 meerkats each.
They are quite funny creatures. They run all over the place, up and down logs and then just stop and hop up onto there hind legs and look around. Then they will do it all over again!