Out & About …

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

Category: Roseberry Topping

  • 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,…

  • Roseberry Plant Bed

    Roseberry Plant Bed

    On this day, in 1769, William Smith was born in Oxfordshire. In later life, he moved to Scarborough and became known as the Father of Geology. But I jump too far ahead. He became a canal engineer and thus became very familiar with the rocks encountered in constructing cuttings for canals in the Midlands and…

  • Beannachta√≠ na F√©ile P√°draig ort

    Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig ort

    St Patrick’s Day and a reminder needed that spring is on its way. The average date for the first swallow being spotted off the southern coast is 29th March. In the North-East, it will probably be a couple of weeks later. So in 3 weeks time, we could be seeing our first swallows arriving after…

  • Snow, bracken and bluebells

    Snow, bracken and bluebells

    Beneath the wet, dirty snow, beneath last year’s carpet of dead bracken, the bluebells remind us that spring is on its way. Open Space Web-Map builder Code

  • Roseberry Topping

    Roseberry Topping

    Woke up this morning to a hard frost, overcast but bright skies in the distant out over the North Sea. By nine o’clock, a whiteout. Utter chaos, all roads south at a standstill. By tea time, blue skies, roads clear, and, with Roseberry as a backdrop, warm enough for a moment’s reflection. Open Space Web-Map…