• Tabular Hills Walk - Stage 1

    Many have said that it does precisely 'what it says on the tin' and simply links the two ends of The Cleveland Way, but surely there must be more than getting from B back to A under one's own steam? The following undertaking, therefore, is an attempt to see if there is more to the Tabular Hills Walk than this.

    Walking along the initial section of 'The Sea Cut' has the air of walking along a canal towpath. Soon the open countryside is reached leaving behind suburban houses and a plethora of dog walkers. A great levee rises up allowing the walker to see the area that is drained. The beck itself seems like a metaphor for life: At Scalby Ness it feels youthful, free flowing over shallow beds while at Scalby village it feels like a teenager: full of life. Trout rise to an increasing number of flies alighting upon the water and tufted ducks busy themselves around the margins. Before long it is muddied and full of algal bloom in languid 'middle age' before reaching deep pools barely stirring and choked with weed in 'old age'.

    To read more: Find the 'Long Distance Walks' section in 'Projects 2'

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