Week 7: Sunday Walk in Sleights
The name Sleights means 'flat land near water'. This must presumably refer to an old location for Sleights, as presently the majority of the village is located on hillsides on either side of the River Esk. There are many sights to see while touring around the Esk Valley, making the area not one to forget.
The village of Sleights inhabits hillsides on either side of the River Esk and was the birthplace of ‘Flint Jack’, one of Yorkshire’s great characters. In the mid-19th century he created fake antiques which fooled even the real experts. From here country lanes lead to intriguing places such as Ugglebarnby, Littlebeck and Eskdaleside.
We'll take a coach to Sleights, and from there split into two groups, one group takes a medium-length walk whilst the second group take on a larger route. Both walks are preplanned and lead by our trained walk leaders.
Medium walks are generally between 6 and 8 miles (10-13 km) long, and tend to be at a reasonably gentle pace and always include a stop for a pub lunch. Long walks are slightly more challenging and are between 10 and 12 miles (16-19 km) long and don't include a pub lunch but instead stop for a packed lunch along the way. At 4.00pm all the groups meet back at the coach and return back to the University, arriving no later than 6.00pm.