Out & About …

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


An offshoot of Westerdale penetrating deep into Baysdale Moor. Castleton and Danby Riggs in the distance. At the foot of the dale was the medieval hamlet of Braithwaite, signifying an area cleared of woodland. Today, there are just a handful of scattered farms, Leath House, Hill House, Daleside Farm and, on the left, New House Farm.

A 14th-century document records a “capella” or chapel belonging to the religious warrior order, the Knights Templars, who had extensive holdings in Westerdale. In the 1980s the foundations of a large building were discovered during building work at Leath House.

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