The following morning, after a large and tasty full english, we packed and then drove north along the coast to park at Kettleness to walk along the clifftop Cleveland Way back to Sandsend. It was again misty but less so than the first day and the 350 foot cliffs were impressive regardless. The cliffs here were laid down in tropical seas during the Jurassic period and comprise layers of shales overlain by sandstone and ironstones, which were deposited on top of the silt as the sea became more and more shallow and a huge delta washed down the sand. At the surface is boulder clay deposited by glaciers millions of years later during the last ice age. These layers are unstable and there are many landslips forming the headlands of Kettle Ness and Sandsend Ness. About two miles into the walk we had to scramble very steeply down to the track bed of the old Whitby to Middlesborough railway lie where it goes into a mile long tunnel. From here to Sandsend the walk follows the railway as it passes through the old alum works. Alum was used in the tanning and leather industry and was extracted from the shale. Other than the uneven landscape, most evidence of its industrial days has been eradicated as nature has reclaimed the land. Again primroses were in flower here and there was a sea of gorse in flower.
In Sandsend we enjoyed crab sandwiches in the sun before heading back to the car and the journey home.
An excellent couple of days.
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