Day 5: Kildale to Saltburn
Day 5 started with another good breakfast at the Kings Head in Newton under Roseberry before Philip from Stokesley taxis took us back to where we left the trail yesterday. Philip was interested in what we were doing and the boys told him all about the charity and Philip put £20 into the pot, thank you PhilIp!
The start of the hike today was another tough one, steep uphill climbs for the first couple of miles before it plateaued out and became more up and down rather than just up, up and up.
Within the first couple of miles we got to Captain Cooks monument, it was good to see it up close after seeing it at a distance at various points on yesterday’s hike and it was great to look back at how far we’d been. Heading down from here we bumped into an elderly couple of walkers we’d seen on Wednesday, they were thrilled to have been ‘recognised’ by the boys.
The weather was glorious today, if anything it was too hot for hiking but as soon as the sun was behind a cloud and that moor wind whistled by it was back on with the fleeces.
We stopped briefly for a coffee at the 5 mile mark (decaf for the boys) and then carried on Through various pine forests and trails. Today marked the end of the moors covered in heather and bilberrys and as we reached Roseberry Topping we got our first glimpse of the sea,
A quick sandwich on the peak outside Slapewath and then it was downhill again (with the odd climb) to Skelton and finally Saltburn. We were glad to see the hotel just off the track itself and couldn’t have had a warmer welcome. The boys wanted to veg out in front of Saturday TV (and who could blame them after 15 miles) so it was room service burgers all round for the boys from the friendly staff at Brockley Hall Hotel