This May month sees a host of events, exhibitions, competitions and walks in celebration of The Cleveland Way. Why not pull on your hiking boots and come and join us!

Last week Danny and I walked part of the coastal stretch from Kettleness to Sandsend. It was beautiful with open sea aspects and a few surprises along the way and a smashing alfresco lunch at the Wits End cafe – perfect sustenance for the 3 mile return journey.

Kettleness on the Yorkshire coast

Park your car at Kettleness and head off towards Sandsend on the Cleveland Way coastal footpath. There’s Runswick Bay in the background.

Gulls Nesting on the cliff edge

It was fascinating being up close to the nesting gulls on the cliff edge

Footpath signs

The footpaths are well marked and maintained. Here I am showing Danny which way to go!

Twixt Kettleness and Sandsend

So we’re half way now between Kettleness and Sandsend… I have to say we were nearly tempted off the route by a sign of coffee, food and beer!

The gorse bushes are an absolute blazing glory

This was such an amazing change of scenery from the windswept wildness of the open sea aspect. We were suddenly plunged into a tiny steep valley that felt as though it had a touch of fairy magic sprinkled over it. Sheltered warm and cosy, masses of lush wild flowers tucked into cobbled steps and paths. Beautiful!

NYMNP Rangers landrover

Thank you North York Moors National Park Rangers and volunteers. We met and chatted with several of you working hard on our behalf. A great job!

The view of Whitby from Sandsend

Round a corner and just before we drop down into Sandsend we catch sight of the bay and Whitby in the distance.

Wits End cafe Sandsend

Scrumtious home made tomato soup and a pot of tea at Wits End cafe..(yes really) fuelled us up for the delightful walk back. It took us about an hour and 15 each way. Highly recommend this walk and this cafe.