IF the idea of a walk that combines beauty and history appeals, then this route from Kildale is highly recommended.

Kildale is a village which lies within the Cleveland Hills and this latest walk by Mark Reid takes between two and three hours.

Walkers are duly warned that it features a very steep muddy bank along the descent from Easby Moor and the weather can turn quickly so go equipped with warm clothing.

The history of the area is quite fascinating. St Cuthbert's Church can be found in Kildale and, when it was rebuilt in 1868, Viking graves were discovered, bearing swords, daggers and even battle-axes.

Above the pretty village is Easby Moor, crowned by Captain Cook's Monument, commemorating one of our greatest explorers who embarked from the area on epic voyages of discovery to New Zealand, Australia, Antarctica and the Pacific Islands.

Kildale can be reached by train, via the Esk Valley Line, or car by following signs off the A173 between Stokesley and Great Ayton.

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