Out & About …

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

Category: Great Ayton Moor

  • Boundary Stone, Great Ayton Moor

    Boundary Stone, Great Ayton Moor

    Sorry but I just couldn’t resist another photo of the purple swathe of a heather moor. The ling is now in full bloom and for just a few weeks the colour is glorious. Highcliff Nab is in the distance and in the foreground is a sandstone boundary marker dating from the 19th century. ‘R C’…

  • Newton Moor

    Newton Moor

    Back on my home hills after three days in the Lakes and a chance to catch up what’s been happening in the world. The news saddened me. In Langholm, in the Scottish Borders, a hen harrier has been found dead. An autopsy has been carried out on the young male, one of only¬†three chicks raised…

  • Rowan tree, Lonsdale Quarry

    Rowan tree, Lonsdale Quarry

    The striking red berries of the Rowan tree stand out against the drab Autumn colours of the moors. The Rowan or Mountain Ash has long been associated with superstition and folklore. In Greek myology¬†the¬†goddess of youth, Hebe, lost her cup of ambrosia, said to rejuvenate youth. It was stolen by demons and the gods sent…

  • Birdsfoot Treeroot

    Birdsfoot Treeroot

    A break with tradition. An arty¬†closeup. Had an explore along Black Bank, an area of clear felling on the escarpment¬†of Great Ayton Moor where¬†some¬†crags and boulders have been revealed.¬†Interesting enough but I was fascinated by this tree stump where the bark has worn off to expose knobbly, wavy¬†¬†roots. Reminding me of a bird’s foot. Or…

  • Great Ayton Moor

    Great Ayton Moor

    There’s an old adage¬†that is said¬†in all farming communities, from Scotland, to Wales and to Cumbria: Where there‚Äôs bracken there‚Äôs gold; where there‚Äôs gorse there‚Äôs silver; where there‚Äôs heather there‚Äôs poverty At first it’s hard to see the reasoning. Bracken is allelopathic, it produces toxins in the soil which prevents other plants from germinating. Hardly…

  • Highcliff Nab

    Highcliff Nab

    The heather is just about past its sell by date. A view east from Percy Rigg towards Highcliffe or Codhill Farm and Highcliff Nab.

  • Pond on Great Ayton Moor

    Pond on Great Ayton Moor

    For all the whinging¬†about the British weather there are not many days in the year when I actually end up running in the rain. I did so this morning. With poor visibility I headed up onto Great Ayton Moor intending to look at¬†the heather and ended up by¬†this pond. I’m not sure if it’s natural…

  • Bell Heather

    Bell Heather

    One of three types of heather found in the UK, the others being Cross Leaved Heather and the very common Ling. Bell Heather, or Erica cinerea to give it its Latin name, flowers much earlier than Ling and a much richer colour. It favours drier conditions like cling to this¬†sandstone crag¬†in and old quarry¬†on Great…

  • Ruin, Great Ayton Moor

    Ruin, Great Ayton Moor

    A disused concrete water tank below the escarpment of Great Ayton Moor. Probably provided the water supply to the long demolished farm which about four hundred metres away. Aireyholme Farm and Cliff Rigg can be seen just left of centre. A good clear morning with  a slight dusting of snow.

  • Great Ayton Moor

    Great Ayton Moor

    Seemingly flat, featureless and largely colourless at this time of the year but Great Ayton Moor has over 80 known burial cairns dating from the Neolithic and Bronze Age periods. At that time the area was covered with mixed forest and not the heather clad moorland we see today.