Out & About …

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

Category: Easby Moor

  • Winter’s last stand?

    Winter’s last stand?

    The brief return to Winter didn’t last long, but the last stubborn snow patches are hanging on for dear life on the fields of Aireyholme. But Roseberry Topping’s sandstone cap is clear, anxious to let go of winter fashion. Ah, Roseberry Topping, the hill that thinks it’s a volcano. With its unique shape, it’s the […]

  • A day of strange atmospherics

    A day of strange atmospherics

    On this day in 2005, at 0601 in the morning, a huge explosion rocked an oil depot in Buncefield near Hemel Hempstead in Hertfordshire. It was the largest in peacetime Europe and the noise is said to have been heard as far away as the Netherlands. I seem to remember people at work saying they […]

  • A brilliant day on Easby Moor for the Cleveland Mountain Rescue Team’s Remembrance Sunday gathering

    A brilliant day on Easby Moor for the Cleveland Mountain Rescue Team’s Remembrance Sunday gathering

    The gathering took place at the memorial to the aircrew who died when their Lockheed Hudson aircraft crashed into the hill on 11th February 1940. The aircraft took off from Thornaby-on-Tees at 04:10 and failed to gain suffient height due to ice forming on the wings. It clipped the escarpment, ploughing on through a drystone […]

  • Capt. Cook’s Monument

    Capt. Cook’s Monument

    It’s been quite a few weeks since I last posted a photo of the dear old monument on Easby Moor to Great Ayton’s favourite son. Over the years, it’s been through its trials and tribulations. The originally one was made of wood and erected in 1827 but it caught fire and was replaced by the […]

  • Boundary stone on Easby Moor

    Boundary stone on Easby Moor

    A boundary stone on Easby Moor just to the north of Captain Cook’s Monument. I’ve passed this many times before, and may well have posted a photo of it. I tend to forget what I’ve done. Someone pulled me up about that the other day but … hey ho. The stone marks the boundary between […]

  • Shit Sack Day

    Shit Sack Day

    Two years ago I posted about Royal Oak Day, 29th May, to commemorate when Charles II returned to London and was restored as King in 1660. On this day, true Royalists wear a sprig of oak leaves in recognition of Charles’s escape by hiding in an oak tree at Boscobel House, Shropshire, after his defeat […]

  • Battersby


    Battersby is a township of the parish of Ingleby Greenhow. It’s recorded as ‘Badresbi‘ in the Domesday Survey with eight households being noted as liable for tax in 1301.. The pond in the foreground is the obvious visible evidence of tile and brick works which is indicated on the 1853 Ordnance Survey map. Battersby was once […]

  • Has the Duke of York ever been to Yorkshire?

    Has the Duke of York ever been to Yorkshire?

    It’s been a while since I’ve posted a photo of Capt. Cook’s Monument on Easby Moor. Ugly looking isn’t it. Its only beauty coming from its familiarity as part of the landscape. James Cook is of course Cleveland’s most famous son, even though when he left Middlesbrough was just a hamlet, home to 25 people […]

  • CSRT Remembrance Commemoration

    CSRT Remembrance Commemoration

    The Cleveland Search and Rescue Team held their Remembrance Commemoration at the memorial plaque to the airmen who were killed in the Lockheed Hudson aircraft crash in 1940. See here and here for more details. It has been recommended to me that I read Rudyard Kipling’s short story ‘The Gardener’ on this day. It’s a […]

  • Battle of Inkerman

    Battle of Inkerman

    Remember, remember the 5th of November … Not because of “the last man to enter Parliament with honest intentions”, but because it is also the anniversary of the Battle of Inkerman in 1854 when the allied armies of Britain and France defeated the Imperial Russian Army during the Crimean war. 635 British soldiers, 175 French […]