The last time I used this track up to Highcliff Nab, was several winters ago, in the dark. It was then, as I’ve always remembered it, a quagmire, enclosed by tall forestry conifers.
So it was quite surprising to find the bank clear-felled revealing a surprising view of Guisborough. And removed from the perpetual shade, the track was nice and dry.
The curving hedge line that forms the limit of the Hunter’s Hill housing estate follows the course of the branch railway to the Belmont Ironstone Mine. It is also the Boundary of the National Park.
The development of the housing south of Guisborough began in the late 1950s with the building of 400 houses for Guisborough Urban District Council of which 100 were to be allocated to employees of I.C.I (Imperial Chemical Industries) at Wilton in return for an offer of financial assistance to the council.