Out & About …

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

Category: Roseberry Topping

  • V-ewes of Roseberry

    V-ewes of Roseberry

    We’re art, a drove of sheep without a shepherd, and I am a wolf in sheep’s clothing. So where are you being driven? Nowhere! Then you must be a flock. And what big teeth you don’t have, for a wolf. No, we’re a hurtle or a trip making eyes at you, baa none. Why that’s…

  • Tea on the Topping

    Tea on the Topping

    It’s that time of the year again. The annual National Trust’s “Tea on the Topping”, tea and a delicious selection of homemade cakes on offer on Cleveland’s Matterhorn. The bright sunny day attracting hundred’s of climbers. How many people can you get on Roseberry? Open Space Web-Map builder Code

  • Hold my hand while we jump off this cliff

    Hold my hand while we jump off this cliff

    “Let’s jump off this cliff – it’ll be fun! A right laugh!” urged all the people (well, I mean just over half of those who had bothered to speak up at all). I peered down at the rocks; it was a long way to fall. I said, “This cliff’s more than three hundred feet high…

  • In the cool of the evening …

    In the cool of the evening …

    … a wander on Great Ayton Moor to watch the sunset. The midges were lively though. Open Space Web-Map builder Code

  • Dead Men’s Bells

    Dead Men’s Bells

    Have you ever heard of a more absurd name? Foxgloves, gloves for foxes! Foxes don’t have fingers so if anything it should be fox mittens. There are as many folk names for foxgloves as there are counties. Few refer to gloves and fewer to foxes. Bunny rabbit’s mouths, witches thimble, fairies petticoats, elf-caps, clothes pegs,…

  • Dryads’ Saddle

    Dryads’ Saddle

    Dryads were tree spirits of Ancient Greek protected by the gods whose wrath befell anyone who damages a tree without first appeasing these shy and elusive nymphs. They would presumably use this bracket fungus to sit on when riding their ponies. It is quite common and supposedly edible when young but quickly becomes hard and…

  • Roseberry from Newton Moor

    Roseberry from Newton Moor

    A cracking morning. Out and back before the crowds make the pilgrimage to the summit. Open Space Web-Map builder Code

  • A view from Godfalter Hill

    A view from Godfalter Hill

    Upsall Hall, in the foreground, was built around 1873 for John George Swan, a Teesside ironmaster. It has superb views south to Roseberry across Morton Carrs. From the 1960s the Grade II listed building was used as a day centre for people with learning disabilities but has now been sold reverting to a family home.…

  • Bluebells and Roseberry

    Bluebells and Roseberry

    The Bluebell is the sweetest flower That waves in summer air: Its blossoms have the mightiest power To soothe my spirit’s care. Emily Bronte Open Space Web-Map builder Code

  • Ingleby Moor

    Ingleby Moor

    On the Cleveland Way snaking across Ingleby Moor. The route follows the dusty tedious landrover track hugging the escarpment with Roseberry Topping never getting any closer. Cast your eyes away from the glorious views of the Tees Valley and every so often a gulley running parallel to the track might be discerned, evidence of Thurkilsti,…