Visit to North York Moors NP & Cleveland Way

On September 13-14, 2013, IAT Chairperson Paul Wylezol stopped at England's North York Moors National Park on his way to Balloch, Scotland for the IAT Annual General Meeting.  While there, he met up with Park Ranger and IAT England Director Jay Marrison, visited various points of interest, and walked sections of the IAT Cleveland Way National Trail.

(L-R) North York Moors National Park Ranger Jay Marrison and IAT Chairperson Paul Wylezol

Paul's visit began at the town of Whitby,

home port to renowned surveyor and explorer James Cook, who in the mid-18th century charted Newfoundland and the entrance to the St Lawrence River before sailing to the Pacific Ocean and Antarctica.

IAT Chairperson Paul Wylezol at the James Cook Memorial in Whitby

While there he visited the James Cook Museum

and the ruined Whitby Abbey.

From Whitby, Paul and Jay traveled to The Moors National Park Center near Danby

which houses displays of the flora, fauna and geology of the park located in North Yorkshire,

as well as a local arts and crafts workshop/gallery.

From there they traveled the country roads to Great Ayton

to walk a section of the Cleveland Way

to the James Cook Memorial built in 1827.

(L-R) Paul Wylezol, Annie Wentzell, Sarah Ransome and Jay Marrison

They then visited the schoolhouse where Cook attended school between 1736 and 1743, before heading to the coast and a place in maritime history.

Many thanks to Jay and his partner Sarah for a great tour of North York Moors National Park and the Cleveland Way.  It is both a scenic and historic part of the English landscape, and a great addition to the International Appalachian Trail.