In fact, the longer I stood by the roadside the worse the conditions got!
Shortly after proceeding down the Saltergate Brow footpath I noticed a trig point to my right (289m). This is clearly marked on the OS map (OL27) (855941).
Along the footpath were some more greedy sheep, that were prepared to do anything to get to there dinner!!
From this point the footpath was no longer visible due to the covering of snow. On several occasions I stumbled 12 inches into the snow drifts! It was hard work wading through the deep snow but thoroughly enjoyable.
After walking for about 20 minutes I came across Malo Cross at the foot of Whinny Nab (867949).
Malo Cross is named after the de Mauley family who lived at Mulgrave Castle, near Sandsend. Carved on its north-east head are the initials K with R E beneath - Sir Richard Egerton (Knight). In the latter part of the 19th century the cross disappeared, but it was found in 1924 in a garden in Pickering and was returned to its original position.
Looking straight ahead (East) from Malo Cross was the most inviting woodland area. The perfect stop for a spot of lunch and a little shelter from the frequent snow showers!
When leaving the woods it became obvious that the snow was coming down thick and very fast! The footpath was not visible at all and the best thing to do was to re-trace my footsteps back across Saltergate Brow. It was difficult to take photographs from this point on as the snowfall was very heavy. I'm just glad that I managed to get back to the car after sinking into the snow up to my knees! And as usual, when finally returning to the warmth of the car radiator, the snow stopped once again! :-)