Bilsdale from Cold Moor

An out and back run along the Cold Moor ridge giving a super view of Bilsdale.

If the proposal for The Ingleby, Bilsdale and Helmsley Railway had come to fruition the far side of the dale would have been forever scarred.

The Ingleby, Bilsdale and Helmsley Railway - north
The Ingleby, Bilsdale and Helmsley Railway – north

The railway would have joined the North Eastern Railway at Ingleby station and tunnel beneath Clay Bank emerging into Bilsdale just below Urra at around the 250m contour. There would have been a second tunnel under Newgate Bank before joining the North Eastern Railway at Helmsley.

The Ingleby, Bilsdale and Helmsley Railway - south
The Ingleby, Bilsdale and Helmsley Railway – south

The proposal went as far as a proposal for the required Act of Parliament being given first and second readings and committed on the 12th November 1874. After that, the proposal seemed to have died a death.

Mind you, it would have made a cracking off-road cycleway to Helmsley .
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