Out & About …

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

Tag: bridge

  • Whitbread Memorial Bridge

    Whitbread Memorial Bridge

    One for posterity, tomorrow work begins on replacement of the Whitbread Memorial Bridge. The High Street is due to be closed for 5 days while the work is carried out. The existing footbridge over the River Leven into Waterfall Park is a war memorial. It was presented in 1919 by the Under-Manager of the Ayton […]

  • Taking advantage of a nice mild day …

    Taking advantage of a nice mild day …

    … before the weather comes in again. So out on the bike, the first time this year. I stopped off at the Leven Bridge at Hutton Rudby. One village, two ancient townships separated by a river in a deep cleft. On the west side, Hutton; the ‘ton’ ending indicating that this was an Anglo-Saxon settlement so the […]

  • Baysdale Abbey Bridge

    Baysdale Abbey Bridge

    A single-arch bridge crossing Baysdale Beck, near to and contemporary with the small Cistercian nunnery of Baysdale Abbey. Which puts its construction in the 13th-century, although “the attached piers and parapet are probably 17th-century in origin with later alterations”. Which begs the question of which bits are original? No trace remains of the abbey, its […]

  • Lealholm Bridge

    Lealholm Bridge

    The 17th-century over the River Esk at Lealhoim, a village that developed around the first fordable crossing point downstream of the ravine Crunkley Ghyll. Lealholm’s most famous resident was John Castillo, the ‘Bard of the Dales‘, poet and stonemason. Born in Ireland in 1792 to Patrick Castlehowe, an itinerant Irish labourer, and Mary Bonas from […]

  • Old railway bridge at Swainby Ellers

    Old railway bridge at Swainby Ellers

    The fern that has found a home on the stonework of this old railway bridge first caught my eye. Now I could confidently write it’s a Lady Fern but that would be just a sheer guess. Ferns are notoriously difficult to identify, and it would take some climbing ability for a closer look. An ability […]

  • A coward! a coward! o’ Barney CastleDare na come out to fight a battle!

    A coward! a coward! o’ Barney Castle
    Dare na come out to fight a battle!

    I was tempted to cycle to Barnard Castle today but just a shade too far. I didn’t think my eyesight was up to it. However, I just couldn’t let the opportunity go so here’s a photo instead from October 2017. The glorious River Tees, taken from the castle keep. A coward! a coward! o’ Barney […]

  • Great Ayton Bridge

    Great Ayton Bridge

    Another drizzly misty morning so came back through the village. Ayton’s bridge over the River Leven was built in 1909 replacing an earlier humpbacked one. There has been a lot of rain overnight and the river is high. But I really wanted to photograph Easby Lane. That’s it, a residential road heading off in the […]

  • West Beck, Beck Hole

    West Beck, Beck Hole

    Exploring the excavations of the 19th-century ironstone mining activities in Combs Wood near Beck Hole. These have been carried out by the Land of Iron project over a three year period. We found them easily enough. Most intriguing was a deep pit thought to have contained a waterwheel with a range of remains above which […]

  • River Leven, Little Ayton

    River Leven, Little Ayton

    “Sweet vale of Leven! how calm is thy stream, Gliding onwards in beauty like hour’s youngest dream.” Attributed to John Walker Ord by J. Fairfax-Blakeborough in Great Ayton, Stokesley & District, past and present, 1901. The bridge was built sometime in the late 19th-century by The Stockton Forge Makers of Stockton-on-Tees who produced castings and […]

  • End of Paddy Waddell’s Railway

    End of Paddy Waddell’s Railway

    I’ve written about Paddy Waddell’s Railway before, the railway that never was. A grand plan devised in the 1870s to link the ironstone mines at Glaisdale with the North East Railway at Skelton. Embankments were built and cuttings excavated and just one bridge was constructed here at Rake House near Lealholm just before the line […]