Out & About …

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

Month: August 2021

  • On this day in 1962 …

    On this day in 1962 …

    … mountaineers Chris Bonington and Ian Clough become the first Britons to conquer the north face of the Eiger. The 13,040 ft. climb took them two days and was one of the fastest ever. Within three hours of reaching the summit they were back in their hotel room. Here’s what the Guardian said in their […]

  • Here’s a wizard wheeze …

    Here’s a wizard wheeze …

    Let’s release a non-native species into the British countryside that will predate on and compete with our native wildlife for the sole purpose that people can kill it. You would have thought Defra would have something to say about it. I am talking of course about pheasants. 47 million of them are released into the […]

  • Rosedale East Mines

    Rosedale East Mines

    The great sweep of the old railway track as it descends to the calcining kilns of the Rosedale East Mines. The gradient at this point is about 1 in 60. The line continues to terminate at the goods depot and coal yard at Low Baring. On the extreme left of the featured image are the […]

  • Danby Rigg, flanked by Little Fryup Dale and Danby Dale

    Danby Rigg, flanked by Little Fryup Dale and Danby Dale

    The sunshine made a refreshing change from the low cloud and mizzle of the last few days. This is taken on the descent from Danby Beacon looking due south. Just left of centre is Danby Castle, a partially ruined 14th-century pile built by the Latimer family, now part of a working farm with Court Leet […]

  • Capt. Cook’s Monument and Aireyholme Farm

    Capt. Cook’s Monument and Aireyholme Farm

    The familiar sight of Capt. Cook’s Monument on Easby Moor appearing as the low cloud dissipates. It wouldn’t have been familiar to the young James Cook who lived as a young boy at Aireyholme Farm (centre of photograph). His father was employed there as a hind or skilled farm hand. However problematic Cook is in the […]

  • Round Hill Iron Age hillfort, Westerdale

    Round Hill Iron Age hillfort, Westerdale

    Although a much brandied term, believe it or not there are only a handful of prehistoric fortified sites recorded within the North York Moors. All, with one exception, are ‘Promontory Forts‘, the exception being Round Hill in Westerdale. These Promontory Forts are generally located on the Cleveland and Hambleton Hills: Eston Nab, Roulston Scar, Boltby […]

  • Turkey Nab from Easby Moor

    Turkey Nab from Easby Moor

    A view across the vale of Cleveland towards Turkey Nab, scarred by the recently graded track that climbs the bank. This is thought to be the start of Thurkirsti, the ancient route across the moors to Kirbymoorside. Thurkirsti does suggest a likely root for the name of ‘Turkey’ and seems more plausible than another explanation […]

  • Bartle day

    Bartle day

    A dialect name for St. Bartholomew‘s Day, 24th August. A name that is preserved in the 19th-century poem by Captain John Harland ‘Reeth Bartle Fair’, a fair that was held at Reeth in Swaledale on St. Bartholomew’s Day. There are several weather related sayings for Bartle day: At St.  Bartholomew, There comes cold dew. Which […]

  • Osmotherley with Hambleton End in the distance

    Osmotherley with Hambleton End in the distance

    “Osmotherley is an endearing village on the fringe of the Hambletons and the Clevelands. It lies about a mile and a half to the east of the main Thirsk – Yarm road, but it is most accessible from Northallerton. The King’s Head hotel at Clack Lane End points the way to the village. It is […]

  • Whorlton Castle

    Whorlton Castle

    Another dreich morning so I thought I had better grab a few shots of Whorlton Castle before I trudged up Whorlton Lane into the cloud. I’ve covered this impressive ruin several times before. What we see today is just the gatehouse of a once magnificence castle, of the motte and bailey type, but which was […]