Out & About …

… on the North York Moors, or wherever I happen to be.

Author: Fhithich

  • Hodge Close Quarry

    Hodge Close Quarry

    Sometimes I forget that the Lake District is largely a manmade environment. This is Hodge Close, a spectacular hole in the ground the result of quarrying for slate. It is said to be 100m deep of which a half is below the level of the pond. An overnight dump of snow making the whole scene…

  • Thirlmere

    Thirlmere

    I’ve never been down to the shore of Thirlmere, never really had much to do with the valley, in fact, just the occasional fell or orienteering race from Steel End Farm. I’m usually whizzing by on the A591 heading for Ambleside or Coniston. Thirlmere is a reservoir, manmade in the 19th-century to provide water for…

  • Boulder, Potters Ridge

    Boulder, Potters Ridge

    It always surprises me that this large flat boulder, on Potters Ridge around the back of Highcliff Nab is not named on any map. It is certainly significant and its location on a high point on the North York Moors escarpment only slightly lower than surrounding tops would have been a natural draw for prehistoric…

  • Boxing Day Hunt

    Boxing Day Hunt

    The Cleveland Hunt traditionally starts from Great Ayton High Green on Boxing Day. Now I have two issues with fox hunting. Firstly there is much evidence that, in spite of the hunting of animals with dogs having been illegal since 2004, the law is being circumvented by the pretence that hunts are conducted under the…

  • Lonsdale

    Lonsdale

    A side valley of Kildale on a sunny Christmas Day. The farm in the centre we still know as Smelly Farm. Well, that was twenty years ago, it has been tidied up since and no longer exudes the particular miasmas. And of course, it was never a farm as such just a range of barns.…

  • It’s a dog’s life

    It’s a dog’s life

    The ignominy of it. All year I’ve been made to climb the steepest hills, swim the deepest bogs, paddle through farmyard gloop, clamber over tallest stiles and now I’m made to pose here with this piece of Christmas tat. Wishing everyone a very merry Christmas. Open Space Web-Map builder Code

  • Roseberry skyline

    Roseberry skyline

    The farmland between the Eston Hills and Roseberry Topping is known as The Carrs, a name which has roots in the Scandinavian kjall meaning a water meadow with scattered trees of alder or willow. The modern Ordnance Survey map names it merely as The Flats, and it is indeed flat. But it made a change,…

  • South End, Great Fryup Dale

    South End, Great Fryup Dale

    On Glaisdale Rigg looking across a sea of cloud to the whaleback hill known as Heads which separates the two Fryup Dales, Great and Little. The sun is shining on the South End of Heads. Temperature or cloud inversions offer the most spectacular atmospheric conditions. The dense cold air of the valley is capped by…

  • Oxbow pond near Holmes Bridge

    Oxbow pond near Holmes Bridge

    Today is the winter solstice, the shortest day. From now we can look forward to longer days. On the River Leven, just upstream of Holmes Bridge is an oxbow lake, an old loop of the river. It had almost silted up but is now being used to re-flood when the river is high. Wattle fencing…

  • St. Thomas’s Day

    St. Thomas’s Day

    December 20th, the feast of St. Thomas, or Doubting Thomas as he is sometimes referred because he doubted Jesus’s resurrection, was a bit of a special day for Yorkshire folk. The Rev. Atkinson in the 19th-century wrote of the custom of children going a-Thomassing, that is visiting houses on this day and asking for Thomas’s…