An easy afternoon walk from Great Ayton station to Great Ayton village through Cliff Ridge Woods. We caught the 14.15 train from Nunthorpe to Great Ayton station. We walked over the railway bridge up towards Dikes Lane and at the crossroads we turned left up a lane towards Underhill Farm, passing the turning into it and climbing over a stile on the left hand side of the lane which took us into a field where we had fabulous views across the valley (the point of the train being to take away the hard bit of going uphill and shorten the walk!).
We carried on across the field often with sheep in it (lovely when the lambs are little) and into Cliff Ridge Woods where we caught the end of the bluebells in bloom – a week or so earlier and they would have been fabulous. We carried on alongside the woods and when the path started to go downhill we turned back on ourselves and having reached the little kissing gate at the edge of the woods down into the fields to our right, ignoring any paths uphill we turned back towards Great Ayton village passing through fields and kissing gates until we reached the last one in the wall at Newton Road. It is very scenic on the way down with varied views and if you look backwards as you are walking you get a fabulous view of Captain Cooks monument.
We walked into the centre of the village and treated ourselves to an icecream at Suggetts and a cup of tea in the cafe there. After looking at the various shops in the village and visiting All Saints Church, we caught the 4.45 bus 81 bus back to Guisborough and Redcar where we each lived.