Out & About …

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

Category: Bransdale

  • I have been in Bransdale many times mostly volunteering with the National Trust …

    I have been in Bransdale many times mostly volunteering with the National Trust …

    … but those visits have been very localised, coming and going in the back of a pick-up. Today I had the opportunity for a walk around the dale accompanied by a resident and seeing views and places I’ve never before noticed. Plus the weather was kind to us. The featured photo is a view west…

  • A day spent with the National Trust in Barker Plantation in Bransdale

    A day spent with the National Trust in Barker Plantation in Bransdale

    The 36 acre plantation is largely coniferous, planted as a commercial crop more than likely before the property was given to the Trust by Charles Ingram Courtney, Earl of Halifax and others, in 1975. With contractors due to come in in a year or two to fell the larch and spruce only, mature oaks, Scots…

  • Bransdale

    Bransdale

    Only the ice covered road in the foreground is a give away for the temperature. A brisk day in Bransdale, blue skies and brilliant sunshine. In spite of snow falling overnight on the coastal North York Moors, not a flake had fallen on Blakey Ridge for the drive over. But with snow forecasted in the…

  • Two-stoop yate

    Two-stoop yate

    ‘Gate’, as in Westgate and Belmangate of Guisborough, is an old Scandinavian word meaning a β€˜way’ or β€˜road’. This is etymologically different to the modern useage of the word, which stems from the Old English word ‘geat‘ for a “door, opening, passage, or hinged framework barrier”. In Yorkshire though, we say ‘yate’, ‘yat’ or ‘yet’.…

  • The unmistakable silhouette of Scots Pine …

    The unmistakable silhouette of Scots Pine …

    … ‘haloed‘ by the National Trust to give a breathing space and a chance to harden up before the remaining larch plantation is felled next winter. These trees are on a ridge called, quite coincidentally I think Scot Ridge, in Bransdale in the heart of the North York Moors. Barker Plantation is shown on the…

  • Volunteering with the National Trust in Bransdale

    Volunteering with the National Trust in Bransdale

    Barker Plantation is a reasonably sized larch plantation covering Scot Ridge, the hill between Hodge Beck and Shaw Beck. The plantation is due to be felled, and to do this, a contractor will be brought in, but the amongst the conifers there are many birch, oaks and Scots Pine which the Trust want to retain…

  • John Scarth, a “well-to-do” Bransdale farmer

    John Scarth, a “well-to-do” Bransdale farmer

    A lovely view of St Nicholas Church appearing through a window in the autumnal canopy from a field near to Bransdale Mill where the National Trust are creating a wildflower meadow. The little church at Cockayne was built about 1800, so it would have been very familiar to John Scarth, a well-to-do farmer who was…

  • Bransdale Mill

    Bransdale Mill

    Another view of the rear of Bransdale Mill but from a different viewpoint standing on the wall of the mill-race. The first record of a mill in Bransdale is a late 13th century will, when the Mill was included in the estate of the Lady de Stuteville, who left her estate to her son Baldwin…

  • Flashback to 1948: ‘Yorkshire dale to begin new life’

    Flashback to 1948: ‘Yorkshire dale to begin new life’

    Bransdale Eastside and the farmsteads of Smout House (formerly Loft House and now the National Trust’s office and stores), Toad Hole, and Cow Sike. I came across an interesting article in the Yorkshire Post dated 27 November 1948, which gives a very good insight of what life was like in Bransdale in the first half…

  • I love it when I can get to somewhere new

    I love it when I can get to somewhere new

    Even to see a different view of a familiar place. This is Bloworth Slack, the easternmost fork of upper Bransdale. There is no peace and quiet though β€” contractors were felling the coniferous plantation on the left with their heavy machinery. Bransdale is perhaps the remotest dale in the North York Moors. It’s hard to…