Out & About …

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

Prod Howe

An 18th-century boundary stone sited just above the 380m contour on Snilesworth Moor. A dull overcast morning marred by a confrontation with an irate gamekeeper. Soon after I had parked at Scugdale he drove up holding a dead pheasant accusing me of hitting it on the drive up the valley. Now I recall hearing no thud of an impact but was willing to accept it may indeed have occurred. Then he accused me of driving “wildly”. Now I had been in no hurry, Classic FM on the radio, Eine Kleine Nachtmusik. Twice I had come to a standstill because of coveys of pheasants. My family constantly tell me to speed up and I’m sure I don’t look like a boy racer. So I told the guy I didn’t accept his accusation and carried on changing. I heard him mutter that I should “respect the countryside” as he drove away. Respect for all users of the countryside in part of The Countryside Code but there must be mutual respect. I can not respect attempts at bullying and intimidation. There was no sign of any damage or marks to the car which I would have expected. In hindsight, I think I drove over an already dead bird stirring up a cloud of feathers. The gamekeeper jumped to the wrong conclusion. Anyhow the set-to spoilt my morning’s enjoyment.

The boundary stone marks the boundary of old Cleveland with Snilesworth and has been buried under a cairn. Bill Cowley in his book “Snilesworth” recalls a local name of Three Legs on account of a branch of a tree inverted like a tripod. He suggests this branch must be bog oak perhaps a relic of the pre-historic forest and dates the name to the early 20th-century. The branch has now broken and the pieces propped up against the boundary stone.






One response to “Prod Howe”

  1. Lucy Hodgson avatar
    Lucy Hodgson

    Good job you did not have a brace or two of howling hounds in the back of the car you might nit have got away from the chap alive!

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