Out & About …

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

Month: October 2016

  • Rosedale

    Rosedale

    Hallowe’en, and a trip out on the bike in search of a photo relevant to the occasion. Left the Tees Valley under a haze and found blue skies on Blakey Ridge with mists filling the south running dales of Rosedale and Farndale. Magic; who needs a commercial American import. I can’t remember making a fuss…

  • Ruthergate

    Ruthergate

    One for the¬†Guisborians, Ruthergate, an ancient trackway heading south out of Guisborough, diagonally climbing Kemplah Bank up onto Hill Plains and the high moors beyond. For the past half century or so the deep hollow way of the track has been hidden by forestry but dog walkers and mountain bikes have returned following¬†recent clear felling.…

  • Battersby Moor

    Battersby Moor

    In yesterdays’s posting I quoted a piece of written evidence to Parliament submitted ahead of a debate on Monday to ban driven grouse shooting. That evidence very much supported a ban on driven grouse shoots. I promised to give an opposing view so this morning so I went for a run on Battersby Moor in…

  • Newton Moor

    Newton Moor

    Back on my home hills after three days in the Lakes and a chance to catch up what’s been happening in the world. The news saddened me. In Langholm, in the Scottish Borders, a hen harrier has been found dead. An autopsy has been carried out on the young male, one of only¬†three chicks raised…

  • Carrock Tungsten Mine

    Carrock Tungsten Mine

    A return visit to the ruins of the Carrock Tungsten Mine at the head of Mosedale in the Northern Fells. Last year’s photo is here,¬†almost a year to the day since my last visit. The circular bin is a bouse team where the ore was stored. These remains in the foreground operated between 1906 to…

  • Caldbeck Fells

    Caldbeck Fells

    Bright glorious sunshine this morning and then the sun disappeared, never seen again. Winds and rain soon followed.

  • Askham Church

    Askham Church

    A glorious sunny frosty morning. Setting off to explore the Lowther valley, sandwiched between the Lake District proper and the M6. Limestone country. Askham church dates from the mid 19th century but is on the site of a church of the 11th. That church was dedicated to St. Kentigern, a name I never heard of…

  • The Banana Tree

    The Banana Tree

    My first camera was a simple Kodak but sometime in my teens I was given,¬†for¬†a Xmas present, a SLR (single lens reflex) camera made by the German manufacturer Praktica. Colour film was far too expensive so¬†I tinkered¬†around with developing my own monochrome film in the bathroom. I experimented with filters of various shades but¬†my favourite…

  • Scugdale

    Scugdale

    A difficult ascent of¬†the ‘green lane’ between Scugdale and Raisdale¬†hindered¬†a large party of off road motor cyclists coming down. Not aggressive but nevertheless very intimidating. I did take¬†some pictures of the bikers but eventually settled on a nice rainbow to post. instead. Several years ago there was talk of the National Park closing the lane…

  • Hutton Hall

    Hutton Hall

    Only appreciated in its wooded grounds from this height on Kemplah ¬†Bank. Sir Joseph Whitwell Pease, Bart, M.P., had Hutton Hall built as his country pile in 1866 which even included its own private railway station on the North Eastern Railway at Hutton Gate. The Pease money came from the railways, coal and iron, built…