Most of the time I tend to wander to the east of York, towards the Wolds or the coast but in the past few weeks I have headed up the A19 in order to explore the western side of the North York Moors.

This area is distinctive as it has a steep escarpment at the edge of the plateau which offers fabulous views over the Vale of York and the Yorkshire Dales.  On the northern edge it is possible to see the sea and the industry of Middlesbrough.

There is a lovely reservoir north of Osmotherley called Cod Beck and my walk took my along the west side of the water and then I ventured through Arncliffe Wood up onto  Scarth Wood Moor.

There was thick fog at home but it started to thin out as I left the Vale of York and it was lovely to watch the sun burning through the last vestiges of fog up on the plateau.