Wednesday, 8 May 2013

YWT Harland Mount - 6 May 2013

Bit of a tricky place to find this, but only because I had managed to navigate us on to the wrong road entirely! Once we had found the main A170 Scarborough - Pickering road, it was easy to find. Heading in towards Scarborough we past the Jacob's Mount campsite on our right and then descended a long hill with the wooded slopes of the nature reserve on the right hand side. At the end of the wood, there was a house and just past this House Cliff Lane, where there is room for a few cars on either side of the access track. From here, you can walk up the track/lane and on to a footpath in to the reserve. Turning right up a bracken covered slope, all was quiet apart from the incessant song of the local Willow Warblers. In the heat of the day most wildlife seemed to be resting, but I did see several butterflies including my first Speckled Woods of the year. At the top of the slope is a lovely meadow which has been restored and harbours a dew pond which has been recreated by the Trust. The views across Scarborough town to the Castle and blue sea beyond were fabulous and well worth the climb. Sadly my visit was very brief as the kids had become a little tired due to the heat and so after a little potter, we headed off. Definitely somewhere to visit again a little later in the year and with more time!

House Cliff Lane

Where the lane turns into a footpath, you will see this sign...or maybe a newer one!

The terrific view from the top of the Mount

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