17:30 rolled around, the sun still shining bright, and I’d not done much apart from lounge around in my pj’s. I needed to get out.
Following our walk up Roseberry Topping the previous day (see blog post here) I fancied another walk, just with less chance of injury. My goal at the moment is to explore all the places local that often I’d of just ignored.
(For the 6 months I have resided in Ingleby Barwick I’ve gone as far as Cineworld, Uni and Dominos- oops, my bad)
Nearby Roseberry topping, a four mile walk west to be more exact, lies Guisborough Forest. The forest sits on the northern outskirts of the North York Moors National Park. It’s a great location for walkers, bikers, horse riders and four-legged friends alike. Often holding events such as the Chocolate Walk for Easter and also includes a Gruffalo Spotters trail which has an accompanying app!
Discovery passes are available to purchase which gives perks like free parking, national and local discounts such as 15% off Go Ape, Forest Holidays, Cotswold outdoor and more. Plus it is a great way to support the forest!
Something I didn’t discover till later but will defiantly use next time is the Forest Xplorer app, free in the app store. It enables you to save forests offline which I would recommend; we had no service for 99% of our walk. It shows your nearest wood/forest and gives information about it such as address, trail maps and what’s there.
It also shows forest holidays and forest camping locations; handy for those who wish to stay the night. For those who are interested in nature it has a tree finder section which shows how to identify trees by leaves, bark, seed & needles. Treetastic!
Only 20 minutes by car; we’d be there in no time, off we go! I always carry a small backpack whenever I go somewhere and in this usually includes, plus or minus:
- Tissue – Always. Always. Tissue.
- Water – Never ever leave the house without it
- Some fruit
- A jacket if not wearing
The forest is very easy to find using the sat nav, just a slight left off of a normal town road. And at £1 parking ALL DAY, one can’t complain. We didn’t set off with any specific trail in mind, instead, we followed the path from the car park, past the visitor centre which is open daily (closed when we arrived) and took the first right up. The trails are determined by colour circles: green advises as 45 minute circular walk, red 1.5hours, and white is described to have a steep climb and give rewarding views over the Teesside coast.
On this day we choose to follow the red walk trail but will certainly be following the white walk next time, I love a great view!
The walk was lovely and serene. We basically had the woods to ourselves as all the families had left after a day of fun in the sun and only the odd car remained in the car park.
On the way in/out, opposite the Visitor Centre, a former train carriage last used in 1964 retires. Guisborough was the terminal station of the Middlesbrough – Guisborough railway, serving Pinchinthorpe, Nunthorpe and a few other stops. weighing 32 tonne and 63 feet in length it arrived will thanks to the friends of Guisborough Forest and Walkway Group.
The trail involved a few steep sections but overall wasn’t difficult and gave some great views as the sun came down. Just my sister and I, it was everything I needed and more to leave me feeling relaxed.
Such a pretty place!