Boots & Beer Walking Weekender Egton Bridge, North York Moors
Egton Bridge is lovely village set in the heart of Eskdale. Known as the ‘Village missed by the Reformation’, it is famous for its Catholic Church and as the home of Father Postgate, who was one of the last Catholic priests in England to be executed for ‘treason’ because of his faith in 1679. The village is also home of the oldest Gooseberry Show in the country, held annually since 1800. Spanned by stepping stones and a graceful bridge, the River Esk flows through the heart of this village, where you may also spot salmon leaping. This beautiful valley is thickly wooded, with heather moorlands rising above.
The Horseshoe Hotel is a lovely country inn situated beside the river, and one of Mark Reid’s favourites with a good selection of ales and delicious food.
Mark Reid has written two books about the North York Moors, including The Inn Way… to the North York Moors, and so knows the village and the surrounding countryside like the back of his hand.
Walking Weekender based from: Horseshoe Hotel, Egton Bridge
Friday evening (9pm) – Meet at the Horseshoe Hotel at Egton Bridge for our ‘icebreaker’ pub evening, where you can relax, socialise and meet your fellow walkers, choose your level of walk for Saturday and Sunday. Friday and/or Saturday evening meals will be pre-ordered before the weekend. These meals are optional and are not included in the price.
Arriving early on Friday? Your guides (Mark & Graeme) will be eating at the pub at 7:30pm on Friday evening – you are most welcome to join us for a meal; just let us know so we can add you to our table.
Saturday evening (7:45pm) – Meal at Horseshoe Hotel (optional), followed by a fantastic Pub Quiz Night with Mark Reid as your quizmaster! Prizes for the winning team.
There will be a choice of adventurous or leisurely guided walks on Saturday and Sunday, with Mark Reid and Graeme Tiffany (who have exceptional local knowledge). The precise routes will be determined just before the weekend, taking into consideration weather conditions etc. You will be able to sign up for your chosen walk at the Friday evening ‘icebreaker’, where you will also be able to discuss the walks with Mark Reid.
Saturday (9:30am) – choice of adventurous or leisurely walks, with routes across the surrounding dales, moors and hills. Routes will take in the villages of Grosmont, Goathland, Glaisdale and Lealholm, as well as the North Yorkshire Moors Railway (steam-hauled), and also the valleys of the Murk Esk, Great Fryup Dale and Eskdale. Return back to the pub late afternoon to recount your day’s adventures.
Sunday (10am) – choice of adventurous or leisurely walks, with routes across the surrounding dales, moors and hills. Return back to the pub mid afternoon for a final drink before bidding fond farewells… until the next Walking Weekender!
Choice of walks: We usually offer a choice of adventurous or leisurely walks on both days. Saturday is a ‘full day’ from 9:30am until 5pm, whilst Sunday is a ‘half day’ from 10am until around 3pm. We will either split into two groups from the start, or we may walk as one group during the morning and then offer ‘longer’ or ‘shorter’ routes after lunch.
Egton Bridge facilities & accommodation
How to get to Egton Bridge
From the A171 between Guidborough and Whitby, head south along a minor road to reach Egton Bridge. There is a train station at Egton Bridge.
Egton Bridge boasts two pubs, B&Bs and a train station (Middlesbrough to Whitby line).
MARK REID is the author of 17 walking guidebooks including ‘The Inn Way’ series. He is a qualified Walking Group Leader, Hill & Moorland Leader and Mountain Leader, and has an unrivalled knowledge of the history and geography of the North of England; he also has a BA (Hons) Geography degree from the University of Lancaster. Mark Reid has walked over 20,000 miles of footpaths over the 20 years, and has taken over 10,000 people out walking in the countryside. Mark has appeared on ITV YORKSHIRE on the TV walks series ‘A Breath of Fresh Air’ along with ITV weatherman Jon Mitchell, as well as ITV1’s The Dales.
Experience & fitness
- No walking experience required. Full guidance will be given.A reasonable level of fitness is required as the natural environment can be demanding at times. All walks may include uneven ground, rough and rocky terrain, stiles, stream crossings, fields, valleys, moorland, hills, fells, mountains, pathless hillsides, paths and tracks, lanes and country roads as well as a number of ascents and descents; we may experience adverse weather conditions. A typical Lakeland walk!
- We can provide full outdoor walking gear, including waterproof jackets, trousers, fleeces, rucksacks, gloves and hats. Please provide boots.
- We are fully qualified, insured and first aid trained Mountain Leaders
- So far, we have taken over 10,000 people walking in the countryside, and have a wealth of experience dealing with all ages and abilities.
- Part of the attraction of hill walking is the challenge of tackling different terrains, landscapes and weather conditions. Every effort is made to minimize potential hazards; however, the very nature of hill walking involves a certain level of unavoidable risk or accident and/or injury. By taking part in this activity, you are aware of and accept these risks.
- Our full Terms and Conditions can be found on the Booking Form
* The choice of walks is dependent upon there being more than 10 participants taking part in the weekend; if there are less than 10 participants then there will be one walk per day (full day’s walk on Saturday and shorter walk on Sunday, finishing mid afternoon).