Out & About …

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

Month: February 2020

  • Nab Ridge, Kepwick

    Nab Ridge, Kepwick

    A walk from Osmotherley to Boltby along Hambleton Street, the old Drovers’ Road. A rather dull afternoon with failing light and a bit of drizzle. This is taken from the Drover’s Road looking down along Nab Ridge onto the village of Kepwick. Just beyond Kepwick and slightly to the right is Howe Hill, which, although […]

  • Lead Chapel

    Lead Chapel

    A departure from tradition. Instead of posting a photo from today’s wander around Coate Moor, I’ve chosen another one from yesterday. Seems a shame not to take full advantage of fresh photo opportunities. The Chapel of St. Mary is a delightful little church standing alone in a field and dating from the 12th-century. It was […]

  • Bloody Meadow

    Bloody Meadow

    A few miles south of Tadcaster to look around the site of the Battle of Towton, a defining battle in the War of the Roses and perhaps the most barbaric ever fought on English soil. The River Cock had overflowed its banks following Storm Dennis flooding the Bloody Meadow, where many fleeing Lancastrian soldiers were […]

  • Ox-bow pond near Holmes Bridge

    Ox-bow pond near Holmes Bridge

    It is perhaps too early to say that Cleveland got off relatively lightly last night from Storm Dennis, as the run-off takes several hours to flow down off the moors to affect river levels. At Little Ayton, the River Leven is high enough to flood a normally dried up ox-bow pond. This is part of […]

  • Forgotten Footpaths

    Forgotten Footpaths

    I’ve found a website which is currently fascinating me. It’s called ‘Don’t Lose Your Way’ and it’s run by the Ramblers. It enables a direct comparison between the modern Ordnance Survey map and the 1895 edition. Its purpose is to identify and record lost footpaths that have been omitted as statutory Public Footpaths from the […]

  • 14th February 1779 – Death of Capt. Cook in Kealakekua Bay, Hawaii

    14th February 1779 – Death of Capt. Cook in Kealakekua Bay, Hawaii

    I can not let St. Valentine’s Day pass without a mention of Captain James Cook R.N., Great Ayton’s most famous son, who was killed on this day in 1779 in Kealakekua Bay, Hawai’i. He is remembered as a hero, a great explorer, navigator, cartographer, “discoverer” of New Zealand. Ayton was his boyhood home, his father […]

  • Location, location, location

    Location, location, location

    A wet day with sleet and low cloud on Roseberry Common removing Rowan trees and creating wildlife habitats with the brashings. This might sound harsh, cutting down trees especially in these days of a growing awareness of their essentiality in the removal of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Roseberry Common is an area of semi-open […]

  • If the sun smiles on St. Eulalie’s day, …

    If the sun smiles on St. Eulalie’s day, …

    My reprint of an 1869 book, “Weather Lore” by R. Inwards says that today, 12th February is St. Eulalie’s day. But who was St. Eulalie? St. Eulalie is included in lots of French commune names and the saying quoted is from the French. Now saints are not my thing so I have only made a […]

  • Aircraft Crash on Easby Moor

    Aircraft Crash on Easby Moor

    80 years ago today, 11th February 1940, a flight of three Lockheed Hudson aircraft took off from Thornaby airfield on a mission to search for enemy minesweepers operating in the Heglioland Bight off the Danish Coast. Within a few minutes after taking off at 04:10 one of the aircraft, NR-E crashed into Easby Moor. Ice […]

  • Monk’s Trod

    Monk’s Trod

    From Westerdale, the River Esk flows somewhat leisurely down its broad valley. Until it reaches Glaisdale. There it enters the narrow defile between East Arncliffe Wood and Limber Hill where it speeds up into a mountain river, cascading over submerged rocks. For the modern cyclist, journeying down the dale to Whitby the steep climb up […]