Out & About …

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

An old holloway up Carlton Bank

I tried to use a little used Public Footpath which loops around from the foot of Carlton Bank to the now demolished Underhill House1Ordnance Survey National Grid Maps, 1940s-1970. NZ50SW – A (includes: Bilsdale Midcable; Broughton; Carlton; Faceby; Great Busby… Available online at: https://maps.nls.uk/view/188154498#zoom=7&lat=6663&lon=2830&layers=BT [Accessed 22 Apr. 2022]..

But I became distracted by a mountain bike track and ending zig-zagging up through the trees eventually coming across an old holloway, well above the present road. Overgrown by gorse, it must be of some age as it doesn’t appear on the earliest Ordnance Survey maps.

It is tempting to assume the holloway was made by quarrymen sledding their stones to the village below but alum-workers and turf cutters could equally have been responsible.

Today, Carlton Bank is a notorious climb on a bike but benefitting from a tarmac surface. It has had many names. The gentle slope as it leaves Carlton village has been known at various times as ‘T’ Bank Lonnin‘, ‘Alum House Lane‘, or ‘Peak Lonnin2Carlton-In-Cleveland To Scugdale, Swainby, and Castleton. | Northern Weekly Gazette | Saturday 04 August 1906 | British Newspaper Archive. [online] Available at: https://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0003075/19060804/075/0012 [Accessed 5 Apr. 2022]..

When the gradient steepens it becomes ‘Butter Hill‘ — “so-called on account of its spongy character” — and cresting the summit, the ‘Red Shale Road‘ or ‘Moor Yat‘. The former because of the use of reddish alum shale as a road surface and, the latter, because it eventually leads to ‘Chop Yat‘, an old name for Chop Gate3Ibid..







4 responses to “An old holloway up Carlton Bank”

  1. Kevin Wilson avatar
    Kevin Wilson

    When I was a teenager the locals refered to the holes as “bomb holes” from a German bomber dumping it’s bombs after missing Middlesbrough. But this might have been made up by the kids?

    1. Fhithich avatar

      I think the bomb craters, if that is what they are, will be below the tarmac road. I was above it.

      It’s the first I’ve heard of any on Carlton Bank. There are a few on the moors.


  2. NAB avatar

    When I was growing up in the late 60s and 70s the bomb holes were small ponds and were not overgrown like they are now.
    We used to collect frogspawn and catch newts there (we didn’t know any better in those days).

    1. Fhithich avatar

      “Bomb holes”? That’s a new one to me. Have you any other info? Thanks.

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