Lyke Wake Walk roaring success

Lyke Wake Walk 2011
Lyke Wake Walk 2011

Whitby and District Lions Club Lyke Wake Walk proved a roaring success as over 41 walkers raised thousands of pounds for local charities.

Walkers from Whitby and the area put their best foot forward and started the 42-mile trek at Osmotherley and made their way over the Cleveland hills, across the North York Moors and finished at Ravenscar. The challenge raised more than £2,000 which will be distributed between local charities and good causes.

Whitby Lion Chris Harrison said weather conditions were perfect for walking at the starting point.

He said: “All walkers made good time through the first two check points, then followed the climb up the heights and onto Carlton Bank at check point three. This started to stretch the walkers out.

“The next part takes you to Hasty Bank, with half the walkers going over the top and over the Wainstones, and half walking around through the woods.

“At this point the weather started to deteriorate with heavy fine rain falling, a cold wind and thick fog, making the next long haul to Blakey and the Margery stone seem to take forever.”

Several walkers called it a day at the Haymer Bogs which were full of rain water.

The weather did eventually lift and walkers stopped for a big breakfast in a bun to prepare them for the push onto Jugger Howe and last short section to the Ravenscar Mast and finishing stone.

Lion Chris Harrison added: “Out of the 41 walkers who set off, 19 completed the walk, in weather conditions as bad as that they are to be congratulated.

“Whitby Lions and helpers backed up all the way making sure nobody got lost and providing drinks at each check point.”

“I would like to say a big thank you to the following non Lions helpers Colin and Linda Grout, Graham Featherstone, Ken Brooks, Graham and Sam Buckle, Julie Harrison, Mary Degazon, Beryl Morley, Erick Summerson as their help was very much appreciated by Lions and all walkers.”