Clay Bank: Urra Moor, Cold Moor & the Wainstones (Four Seasons in one day!)

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2009-07-30

A good turnout of fifteen met at Clay Bank Car Park for Carol & Steve’s walk including two former Chairs of SOC – Dave Thompson (making his debut with the mid-week walkers) and Alison Brooks.
The weather was fine as we set off along the Cleveland Way enjoying great views as we climbed Urra Moor.  We had a coffee break just before we descended into the valley and we noticed the storm clouds gathering as we started the long climb up Cold Moor.  Waterproofs were hurriedly donned as we had a very sharp shower of rain and hailstones, but this soon stopped as we progressed towards the summit of Urra Moor.  However, the thunder started rumbling all around us and strong winds, torrential rain and hailstones soon saw us thoroughly drenched as we continued onwards.  This finally abated and we stopped to dry out and have lunch – and the sun came out
The third and final climb of the day was to the top of the Wainstones. We had glorious views in every direction with the remains of the stormy weather clearly visible towards the coast. We descended after a lovely mile or so along the Wainstones ridge and soon returned to the cars. A number of us finished off at a café in Stokesley.
As usual with these SOC walks, we had a lot of interesting conversations on a variety of subjects. We reminisced about Dick Berger’s exploding tent, and there was a very interesting conversation about bike saddles and sore bottoms, prompted by Lynne Rogers’s purchase of a new Brooks’s saddle.
It was good to see an excellent attendance with some new people out and we sincerely hope that no-one was put off by the unseasonable weather.

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