Out & About …

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

Tag: peat

  • The Great North Bog

    The Great North Bog

    Whenever I hear the dull throb of a helicopter I am reminded of the 1970s American T.V. comedy series ‘M.A.S.H.’ I can’t get that theme tune out of my head now. Last Thursday, whilst working with the National Trust in Bransdale, a helicopter had been operating from Bransdale Ridge. It was busy all day ferrying…

  • Grimy Gutter Hags

    Grimy Gutter Hags

    Grimy Gutter Hags; what a fascinating name. On the slope of Little Shunner Fell, an outlier of its bigger brother Great Shunner Fell in the Yorkshire Dales. A hag is the northern name for an exposed, eroded face of peat, too steep for the heather to grow and which¬†is¬†further eroded by wind, sheltering sheep¬†or¬†water dripping…