Out & About …

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

Popular Posts

This week

  • Brothers' Parting StoneBrothers’ Parting Stone 31st August 2016 ​It was pretty grim on Fairfield today. I had expected an hour an an half to kill waiting for my DoE group to summit so I put on all my…
  • OI000002-01.jpegLinn Caves of Baldernock 22nd April 2018 In the Lennox Hills just north of Glasgow. A sylvan waterfall behind which are man made caves from limestone extraction. Although the caves go in some distance it seems to…
  • Maddy HouseMaddy House Farm 28th August 2020 A while ago I came across these few intriguing paragraphs by A. J. Brown in his book “Striding through Yorkshire”. He is describing a walk from Commondale to Castleton: Instead…
  • Low Barns Nature ReserveA Duck’s Day Out — Low Barns Nature Reserve 9th April 2024 A day for ducks, as they say, thus what could be more fitting than a leisurely stroll around a wetlands nature reserve. The Durham Wildlife Trust’s Low Barns reserve is a…
  • GlaisdaleGlaisdale 12th April 2024 The village of Glaisdale perches high on a hill, where Glaisdale Beck meets the River Esk in a dramatic confluence. Its terrain is spectacularly steep, with descents plunging more than…
  • A speeat o’rainA speeat o’ rain 15th April 2024 In this month of showers, a spate — a heavy downpour in the Cleveland vernacular — situated somewhere in the vicinity of Great Broughton. I don’t suppose that ‘spate’ found…
  • Byland AbbeyA Byland Abbey ghost story 10th April 2024 When Byland Abbey yielded to Henry VIII’s Suppression Commissioners in 1538, it housed 25 choir monks alongside Abbot John Ledes. A hundred years prior, a monk had settled in the…
  • Path to Lonsdale QuarryA new sign’s appeared 22nd December 2020 No Dogs No Bikes This is not a Footpath/Bridleway There is an increase in these signs across the moors. This one has been placed in the last fortnight or so…
  • Ingleby ManorIngleby Manor 22nd January 2019 Quite a rare site. Seen from Turkey Nab, Ingleby Manor, basking in the winter sun, but come the summer this Grade II* listed house will be hidden by trees. The…
  • Roseberry WellRoseberry Well 29th January 2019 I’ve been saving this for a rainy day. For when the clag’s down. And the wind is whipping up the snowflakes. This small damp gash in the hillside is likely…
  • Cleveland HillsCleveland Hills 21st May 2019 The last of the evening sun, the golden hour. Long shadows, rich colours. From Little Roseberry. Open Space Web-Map builder Code
  • Disused measuring weir, Hodge BeckDisused weir, Hodge Beck, Bransdale 2nd June 2019 I’ve wanted to visit this part of Bransdale for a while, in particular, this disused weir, just below the confluence of Hodge Beck and Shaw Beck. It was built in…
  • SleddaleSleddale 14th December 2019 In the late 1940s, a series of articles appeared in the “Evening Gazette” describing rambles on the moors and in the Tees valley. These were very popular and were published…
  • Ingleby ArncliffeIngleby Arncliffe 4th January 2020 From Beacon Scar looking down on the Vale of Mowbray and the twin villages of Ingleby Arncliffe and Ingleby Cross, now merged into one. Both are mentioned in the Domesday…
  • Roseberry Ironstone MineRoseberry Ironstone Mine 8th January 2020 The site of the Roseberry Ironstone Mine which operated from 1871 to 1926 although, in the early years, there is some doubt as to whether the mine actually produced any…

This year

  • Duncombe Park Army CampDuncombe Park Army Camp 5th April 2021 About 3km after crossing Rievaulx Bridge with its opportunity to gaze at the majestic abbey, the Cleveland Way crosses a concrete road at Griff Lodge. Here the National Trail bears…
  • Thimbleby and the Vale of MowbrayFrom Barbados to Morrisons—The history of Thimbleby… 11th August 2023 The agricultural landscape of the Vale of Mowbray stretches across to the Dales , a view made visible through the recent felling of what was called ‘The Big Wood’ on…
  • Capt. Cook’sCapt. Cook’s Monument 14th February 2019 “In memory of the celebrated circumnavigator Captain James Cook F.R.S. A man of nautical knowledge inferior to none, in zeal prudence and energy, superior to most. Regardless of danger he…
  • Raisdale cloud pouring over Green BankThe sight of low cloud from Bilsdale pouring over… 24th January 2023 This is looking down on Green Bank, a flattish ring contour rise marking the head of Raisdale, and separating Cringle or Cranimoor from the steep slope up Carlton Bank. The…
  • Bronze Age Burial Mound, Live MoorRound Barrow, Live Moor 2nd January 2018 A new plaque has been fixed to a stone by the National Park asking visitors not to disturb the Bronze Age burial mound on Live Moor near Whorlton. Not to…
  • Rosedale East MinesCalcining Kilns, Rosedale East Mines 30th May 2016 A bit of a dilemma. Parked at the Lion Inn and went for a circuit of Rosedale with visibility less than the width of the road and the temperature below 10Âșc. And so it…
  • Stokesley“Murder by a Farmer in the North-Riding”… 3rd March 2021 So ran the headlines on the morning of Saturday, 24 October, 1863 in provincial newspapers throughout the country. From Guernsey to Stornaway. Reports were syndicated in those days, often repeating…
  • The Giant’s BootThe Giant’s Boot 8th April 2020 Northern Ireland’s most visited attraction is the iconic Giant’s Causeway, polygonal columns of basaltic rock formed sixty million years ago when molten lava spread across the land and created clouds…
  • Rusty gate, Battersby CragBattersby Crag 20th November 2020 I first came across this old rusty gate many years ago when I was planning a night navigation exercise. That must have been in the 1990s. I had waded down…
  • Gribdale and Easby Moor from Cliff RiggChristmas Contemplations 24th December 2023 On this eve of Christmas Day, I found myself deep in thought. It seems a mere five minutes since last year. Maybe it’s just because of that old chestnut: “time…
  • Kepwick HallA Kepwick Mystery 22nd October 2023 For your delectation, another folk tale of the North Riding of Yorkshire from the pen of Richard Blakeborough. This story appeared in an article in the Northern Weekly Gazette on…
  • ScugdaleFrom Scugdale to America 17th October 2023 Trudging wearily along the rugged landrover track across Whorlton Moor, passing by patches of scorched heather, you could smell the aftermath of yesterday’s burns. At long last, I reached the…
  • Outflow, Ayton Banks MineAyton Banks Ironstone Mine — its legacy 7th January 2024 Playing with my new tripod, a Christmas goodie. I do like the motion blur effect of long exposures. The water is draining from the Ayton Banks ironstone mine, the stone…
  • Starfish Decoy Control BunkerStarfish Decoy Command Bunker 5th December 2019 A rather gloomy morning and a fall back on a recycled subject. I last posted about this Starfish Decoy Command Bunker almost three years ago to the day. It looked…
  • RoseberryMiddlesbrough’s Dark Past: the 1961 Cannon… 21st August 2023 A reminder popped up on my phone today that back in 1961, things had hit a boiling point on Cannon Street in Middlesbrough. Three nights of rioting had built up…