Good morning, bright and sunny here in North Lincolnshire. I landed back at 6.30pm yesterday, my little family were pleased to see me. Yesterday was a scorcher, almost too hot to walk any distance in it. Lucky then that I stopped to take a short stroll on my journey home.
Sutton Bank is on the A170 between Thirsk and Helmsley, in North Yorkshire. It is a notorious black spot for large vehicles losing traction and getting stuck on it as they try and climb it. They also need to think very hard on whether it is a good idea to go in the opposite direction down hill, as continually using the brakes can lead to brake fade and they might find they cannot stop. Modern vehicles are much better equipped for tackling such a steep 1 in 4 incline as they are generally equipped with lift axle's, diff lock's, and retarders. Lorries are not banned from using it, but they need to make the decision whether the vehicle they are driving is capable of negotiating it safely. You wouldn't try it in a fully loaded truck, but an empty light weight trailer with a lift axle would probably be ok. The detour to avoid it is quite long so planning your journey is important, best to take a completely different rote when you are miles away to miss it out altogether.
Car and caravan's are banned from using this section of the A170, there are big signs at the roundabout before it and at the bottom, NO CARAVANS. A red circle means you must not. As I was crawling up it in my small engined Meriva, in second gear, what did I come across, a car and caravan stopped just round the corner on the hair pin bend. Silly people, can they not read! That will cost them, getting a tow up to the top. It was lunchtime as I got there, I got a £2.20 ticket out of the machine for two hours parking, and had a bite to eat before I went off bimbling.
Inside the visitor centre is this rather impressive and quirky wooden sculpture. Two figures standing back to back, and the whole thing has been sliced through vertically with a chain saw.
The paths are flat, and are easily accessible to wheelchair users and mums with buggies. Children can look for the wooden sculptures along the way.
Here we go then, follow the path.
Keep going, a bit further.
There is a viewing platform which gives you a couple more feet in height.
This is Whitestone Cliff, or it's other name, White Mare Cragg. Overhead there were light aircraft taking off from the nearby Yorkshire Gliding club. They tow the gliders up to a good height before they cut them loose to admire the views from above, before they glide gently back to the airfield.
Broom Farm Guest House is here.
Oh well, back to normality. The veggies are growing and need watering. The bags need unpacking. I don't need to go shopping I have enough in for a few days. Stuff the housework, the day is mine. Sunny again, I'm going to enjoy my garden. Have a nice weekend. Toodle pip.