Out & About …

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

Category: Carlton Bank

  • The sight of low cloud from Bilsdale pouring over the cols in the Cleveland Hills always leaves me with wonder

    The sight of low cloud from Bilsdale pouring over the cols in the Cleveland Hills always leaves me with wonder

    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 col is nowadays more commonly known as the ‘Lordstones‘ on account of the country park. On the 22nd December 1892, the Daily Gazette for Middlesbrough…

  • Super autumnal lighting before what seems like an impending storm

    Super autumnal lighting before what seems like an impending storm

    But although it turned dark and winding with a bit of a drizzle I managed to get back to the car dry. I am on Cringle Moor, or Cringley Moor as it used to be called. This was pronounced in the vernacular ‘Creenay‘, which I guess why it was often written as Cranimoor. According to…

  • An old holloway up Carlton Bank

    An old holloway up Carlton Bank

    I tried to use a little used Public Footpath which loops around from the foot of Carlton Bank to the now demolished Underhill House. But I became distracted by a mountain bike track and ending zig-zagging up through the trees eventually coming across an old holloway, well above the present road. Overgrown by gorse, it…

  • Carlton Bank

    Carlton Bank

    I wrote just a few weeks ago about a farmer by the name of Joseph Hugill from Raisdale, who was attacked and robbed on his way home from Kirby. That was in 1892. 25 years earlier, another Hugill unfortunately died on his way home. A report in the Shields Daily Gazette, on the 12 Jan.…

  • Brandy Well

    Brandy Well

    John Fairfax-Blakeborough in his 1912 book with “Life in a Yorkshire village” writes: Speaking of superstitions reminds me of a tradition that the water in Brandy Well, half way up Carlton Bank, has most wonderful curative properties, and that a wish made here when drinking, is pretty certain to be fulfilled. The well is by the road side…

  • Carlton Bank

    Carlton Bank

    It is hard to imagine that 150 years ago this would have been a scene of intense industrial activity. For over a century there had been quarrying of the Jurassic shales needed in the production of alum crystals for use as a mordant in the dyeing of textiles and as a tanning curing agent. Alum…

  • Carlton Bank Trig Point

    Carlton Bank Trig Point

    A view of Odin’s hill, Roseberry Topping, sandwiched between the trig point and old parish boundary stone on the highest point of Carlton Bank. The summit, at 408m above sea level is the third highest point on the North York Moors. Today it is generally known as Carlton Moor but has also been mapped at…

  • Sunshine and Grey Skies

    Sunshine and Grey Skies

    An ugly scar across the heather moor of Carlton Moor, the yellow sandstone of the track accentuated by the threatening skies. The track is typical of estate roads all over the North York Moors providing easy access for the shooting parties. This track though was probably built by the glider station which used to operate on Carlton…

  • Carlton Challenge

    Carlton Challenge

    Runners set out on the Carlton Challenge, a 5mile fell race from the top of Carlton Bank with 1181′ of climb. Link to location.

  • Carlton Bank

    Carlton Bank

    Descending from Carlton Moor to Lord Stones Country Park. Stokesley industrial estate is in the distant centre.