Low Cable Stone

Not the easiest of places to get to, hidden away overlooking Tripsdale Beck. No Public Right of Way passes close by. A gamekeeper’s track can be made use of but the final 400m is a heather bash over Collar Ridge. But it’s well worth the effort. Tom Scott Burns, the author of many books on the North York Moors thought so. It is said he camped here on at least one occasion. He may have been responsible for the rudimentary dry stone walls which I guess is an attempt to keep sheep out rather than corral them in. After his death in 2011, his family fixed a plaque to the stone in his memory. It is supposed that Tom Scott Burns was responsible for another more obvious plaque on the stone, set in a recess:

“ALFRED J BROWN
PRIVATE
2 MORNINGTON VILLAS”

A J Brown (1894-1969) was another prolific author with novels, books on poetry and on his experiences as an RAF Intelligence officer and as a hotelier as well as many on walking in the North York Moors. He served in both world wars and worked in the wool trade as an international representative prior to the outbreak of war in 1939. After the war, he and his wife moved to Goathland to open a hotel. The plaque is said to have come from their house in Manningham, Bradford where they first lived. A J Brown is supposed to have been an inspiration for Bill Cowley when he conceived the Lyke Wake Walk. Although it must be said there is no evidence that A J Brown actually visited Low Cable Stone.
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