High Bousdale from Roseberry

A view from the summit of Roseberry Topping towards Guisborough down the forested valley of High Bousdale, between Bousdale Hill and Ryston Bank with the Hanging Stone at its nab. High Bousdale was once contemplated as a means of access to the ironstone holdings below Roseberry. There would have been an incline from the Middlesbrough and Guisborough Railway at Pinchinthorp with a tunnel under Roseberry Common to the workings on the south-east slope of Roseberry. What changes would this have made to the landscape we know today?

It wasn’t until the 1870s that Roseberry ironstone actually began to be extracted; by this time the railway through Great Ayton had been constructed and a tramway and incline through Cliff Rigg Wood was a far cheaper option.
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