Take a deep breath and buckle in….this was a tough one.
I arrived at John’s at 3pm and he drove us out to Brantingham, with the aid of his Sat Nav (with shoddy window suction). Having only made one wrong turn en-route we arrived at the lay-by we had reached on Stage 2, and it was satisfyingly vacant.
We parked up, put camel packs on, and off we went.
The first 3-400 yards were a tough uphill section up Ellerker Wold Lane, which became a single path half way up, all through the wood. At the summit we were confronted with an excellent view of the Humber estuary, maybe our last as we now change tack a little as the YWW arcs in a northerly direction.
Through a gate at the summit, we trundled down a steep farm track, at the foot of which was Woodale Farm (If you’ve not noticed already I find this stuff out on the map afterwards, it’s not local knowledge that’s for sure!). Down a track into a bit of a hole and then up a steep grassy bank up to a winding path, and longer more drawn out, yet still steep, up section. This was tough going already. Some other walkers and dog walkers on this section, which makes going much harder, as you feel psychologically committed to running past them, even though these sections would forgive a walk/stumble otherwise. You can’t go rambling with all the trail running gear on after all.
The summit of this second uphill section was Mt Airy Farm on our left (it has Mt in its title, say no more!). A right turn out of the wood to the edge of the field, a left, then a left again and through Mt Airy Farm, past a cow (John’s guess is that this one was a Hereford. Not a confident shout though, it has to be said), and then down the farm track.
The farm track took a right turn, and through some trees, after which we we’re confronted with an excellent high up view of South Cave and its surroundings. We were now on a road that twisted down to South Cave, and it is called “Steep Hill”. It certainly was, as we tentatively ran as fast as we dare, down its slopes. It then took a sharp left down to South Cave.
We arrived at Beverley Road, South Cave, the top end of the village. We took a left, crossed over after 100 yards and then right by the side of a very nice Grand Designs type house and into the fields. Past some bushes, we crossed a wooden bridge and then began the third significant ascent so far (we had not even traveled 2 miles yet!). A long drag up through some woods, up a woodland path popular with walkers (again ensuring we ran as much as we could as we panted our way to the summit). Not that we saw it but Swinescaif Quarry was just to our left (Popular with Mountain & Quad bikers by all accounts).
At the summit we hit a bridle path and took a right turn going downhill towards Riplingham. On our right we past a vineyard “Market Place Farm’s Little Wold Vineyard”. Wine this far up north!? I bet its shit, probably like that terrible Riesling wank they used to dish out in the 80’s – Blue Nun, Black Tower, Hock and the like. Let’s put it this way, I’ve never seen South Cave referenced in Field & Fawcett!
After 400 yards or so the YWW pointed left through a gate and down through a picturesque valley and towards Drewton Springs. We ran down this grassy section until we arrived at an intersection of footpaths. Turning right up and back on the YWW and over a small hill, doubling back down a bank and through a large turnstile gate, then a right again back onto the track.
We then started out on a punishing 2 mile stretch up hill. This was hard. First it started with narrow wooded path, bent left in a northerly direction into a bigger track, and then split into 2 separate paths, the YWW was the left choice, continuing north on a narrow and very quiet section through the wood. As we neared the edge of the wood, the angle increased until we were practically climbing out of the wood at the top. The path bent left on the field at the crown of the wood, still uphill, until we reached the summit at another YWW Acorn marker – Filey 64 miles! Running at the edge of a field now, tracking the hedgerow, we eventually hit the busy B1230 which cut across our path.
We crossed over when a gap in the fast moving cars appeared, through a hedge, and right tracking the side of the B1230. Then left across the field until we came onto a quieter road cutting across our path; Whin Lane. The YWW then pointed right onto Whin lane until we came to a cross-roads, where Brick Dike Lane (to High Hunsley) cut across us. We crossed over it and onto Littlewood Lane, and at approximately the 5 mile mark, the YWW pointed left, across the fields again and in the direction of the A1079.
The YWW sign here indicated the Goodmanham was the next village along at 7 ½ miles away. Here also, was a passing point on the lane that we can usefully use as a parking place for stage 4. Time then to head back.
As always with these things, there is no need to narrate the trip back, however the downhill into the first wood encountered going back, was extremely steep and precarious. It reminded me of that cheese rolling event they do in Gloucestershire, but without the cheese. Happily, we avoided accidents this time. Some more punishing (if shorter in distance) uphill’s on the way back. By now the (potentially) Hereford cow had moved up to the top of the field at Mt Airy Farm, other then that the return journey was uneventful. We eventually stumbled back down to John’s car in Brantingham.
10.2 miles done. It took us about 10 minutes longer due to the brutal terrain in this section, then it should have. We had some cheese and Marmite bread (from Dunnington bakers) with our now customary coffee from John’s flask, in reward for our efforts.
We are now the right side (our side) of South Cave with probably 10 mins less to drive to the next start (as we don’t have to get over and across the A63 anymore). We are heading north now tracking along the route of the A1034 to Market Weighton about ½ mile or so off on our left. Here are the 3 stages mapped out (from my Garmin Forerunner 50) so far:
Getting up to Goodmanham in stage 4 might be a bit much (A 15 miles return trip and we might not have the time to cover that distance – we both have other shit to do as well), but we may (may!) get as far as the A1079. We will see.. There you go, a cliffhanger ending!
A clean sheet on the Navigational Stakes. We never got lost once this time! We might be getting the hang of the YWW now (?). Famous last words!
See you all next time you avid blog following trail running enthusiasts!