Scarth Nick

A very dull, overcast evening yet peaceful, not a sound to be heard. I took this photo looking back to Scarth Nick during the steep climb of Whorlton Moor. An old track leads down from a sandstone quarry now lost in the plantation of Clain Wood. A great notch in the Cleveland Hills, Scarth Nick has been used for generations as a route south onto the moors. In the 16th-century the tranquillity would have been broken by Scottish drovers forcing their herds of bellowing cattle over the col on their way south to the markets of cities and towns.
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