Out & About …

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

Category: River Esk

  • Vandalised Legacy: The Tale of Beggar’s Bridge

    Vandalised Legacy: The Tale of Beggar’s Bridge

    A stroll down to Beggar’s Bridge to take a gander at the scene of recent vandalism that had struck the 17th-century packhorse bridge. News of the damage, likely inflicted by a sneaky hand wielding a Stihl saw, has cast doubt over the bridge’s future. The old structure, standing for 400 years, now bears the scars…

  • Hunter’s Sty Bridge

    Hunter’s Sty Bridge

    The River Esk has a few single-arched bridges, but the best one is probably the Hunter’s Sty Bridge. It’s located at the bottom of Huntersty, the ‘steep path of the hunters,’ just past the northern end of Westerdale village. Hunter’s Sty Bridge was most likely built in the late 13th century to provide access to…

  • Lealholm Bridge

    Lealholm Bridge

    The 17th-century over the River Esk at Lealhoim, a village that developed around the first fordable crossing point downstream of the ravine Crunkley Ghyll. Lealholm’s most famous resident was John Castillo, the ‘Bard of the Dales‘, poet and stonemason. Born in Ireland in 1792 to Patrick Castlehowe, an itinerant Irish labourer, and Mary Bonas from…

  • Dibble Bridge

    Dibble Bridge

    Spanning the Esk, a mile west of Castleton is the 18th century Dibble Bridge. Built of local sandstone, the bridge has been designated a Grade II listing “building” by Historic England. The name, however, indicates a much older crossing of the river for the etymologists tell us the name has Old Engilsh roots. Deop means…

  • Lealholm Bridge

    Lealholm Bridge

    Early 19th-century stone bridge spanning the River Esk at the picturesque village of Lealholm. Grade II listed, it must have replaced an earlier bridge for The Board Inn on the opposite is a former coaching inn dating from 1742 when the building was known as Lealholm Bridge House. Open Space Web-Map builder Code