Out & About …

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

Month: October 2021

  • Kildale and St. Cuthbert’s Coffin

    Kildale and St. Cuthbert’s Coffin

    I delayed going out this morning because of the dismal weather. It was still raining when I left the house at 12:00 but by the time I crossed the River Leven at the other end of the village the sun was out. I discovered something about Kildale the other day, although when you think about […]

  • The Wreck of the Rohilla

    The Wreck of the Rohilla

    At 1:00 pm on 29th October 1914, HMHS (His Majesty’s Hospital Ship) Rohilla set sail from Leith Docks bound for Dunkirk where she would help evacuate wounded soldiers from the Western Front. She had been built in 1906 and intended to be used as a luxury cruise ship, but almost immediately was requisitioned as a […]

  • Osmotherley Cross and Barter Table

    Osmotherley Cross and Barter Table

    The mornings have become more gloomier as October draws to a close, and an early start meant the honey pot that is Osmotherley was quiet. Sited next to the village cross is the unique Barter Table, a large flat sandstone on chunky legs. It is thought to date from the 16th-century and was used as […]

  • A view of Swainby from Scarth Nick …

    A view of Swainby from Scarth Nick …

    … but the point of interest is not the village of Swainby, nor the wooded Whorl Hill on the far right. It is the field visible in the between the gap in the treeline on the left. Or more specifically the isolated tree in that field. It is around about here that a stone coffin […]

  • Scald Law

    Scald Law

    A breezy run on the Pentlands Hills under the threat of a wet forecast which, apart from one short shower, never materialised. The Pentlands are the range of hills running south west from Edinburgh. I read there are 150 hill names, the highest being Scald Law at 579m, just pipping Carnethy Hill by six metres. […]

  • The Shellycoat of Leith

    The Shellycoat of Leith

    A few days in Leith on the outskirts of Edinburgh and a chance to look out for one of Scotland’s most elusive creatures. So elusive in fact that one long term resident of Leith had never heard of the town’s watery inhabitant. Walter Scott wrote about the Shellycoat in his 1802 book ‘Ministrelsy of the […]

  • The Wishing Stone

    The Wishing Stone

    This has been on my to-do list since the spring after reading a blog post on the Arcanum web-site. It’s a large, deep, circular basin on a boulder on Ingleby Moor that is speculated to have be manmade and used for ritual purposes: the making of wishes or prayers, or curses and so on. As […]

  • Making a mountain out of a mole-hill

    Making a mountain out of a mole-hill

    Cringle End, overlooking the tiny village of Kirkby. Or should that be Kirby? The name suggests some antiquity, ‘the farm by the church’, from the Old Scandinavian word for church kirkja, but the structure of the modern church is pretty much Georgian. That an earlier church did exist is without doubt. It was given by […]

  • Ingleby Stone Quarry Company

    Ingleby Stone Quarry Company

    A wander from Bank foot on a bright sunny morning with clear views of the Cleveland Hills. This is from abandoned sandstone quarry on Greenhow, a quarry operated by the Ingleby Stone Quarry Company, the stone from which was lowered down to the Rosedale Railway by an incline known as Wren’s Incline. The flat basin […]

  • Bullfinch sky

    Bullfinch sky

    A dash up to Gribdale to catch the sunset. At first a disappointment but then the distant clouds caught fire. This was twenty minutes or so after the actual sunset, well into twilight; the display lasted barely five minutes before fading. According to the writer Robert Macfarlane, the Finnish call this orange afterglow of twilight […]