JORDAN WYLIE’S 15x15x15: DAY NINE – NORTH YORKSHIRE MOORS
Day 9 and after a good nights rest, I was still feeling a long way from 100% but was keen to get back out there to complete the final leg “t’up north”, it was the North York Moors today. For me, this place was a bit of a hidden gem and if the truth be told I nearly missed it off my route plan, I had naively assumed it was just part of the Yorkshire Dales, some geography lessons needed for me I know!
The North York Moors consist of a moorland plateau, intersected by a number of deep dales or valleys containing cultivated land or woodland. Again, it’s another perfect location for running of all types. It’s also probably worth noting that about 1/4th on the area is under woodland cover which was pretty useful on another extremely warm day like today!
I took a well-established running and cycling route which ran from Easby to Rosedale Abbey. This is an exhilarating moorland run that starts with a deceptively gentle time on your feet through the margins of the Cleveland Plain, before a mettle-testing climb up the infamous Ingleby Incline on the former Rosedale Mineral Railway. The reward is an easy pace along the old railway trackbed over high moorland, enjoying magnificent views in all directions. Finish with a descent into the historic village of Rosedale Abbey where you’ll be able to reward yourself with a beer and ice cream, well that’s what I did anyway!
I feel I’m making strong progress now and the end is in sight as we approach double figures tomorrow. One thing is for sure, this is a lot more challenging than I anticipated but it is also a lot more beautiful and fulfilling than I could ever have imagined.