Out & About …

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

The Wainstones

The Wainstones

Pronounced ‘wean‘ or ‘wearn‘ in the local dialect. The familiar jumble of Bajocian sandstone crags and boulders at the western end of Hasty Bank. Much loved by the climbing fraternity and long distance walkers on the Coast-to-Coast, The Cleveland Way and the Lyke Wake Walk.

Opposite the col, Garfitt Gap, is Cold Moor or ‘Caudmer‘.

“Caudmer end’s a rig at gangs doon into Bilsdil, and t’roond ‘ill to west is Oleton ‘ill and if iver t’clood cloases in ‘tween t’ill and bank we get it ‘ere.”

So said a 19th-century local road mender who had1Banks, W.S. “Walks in Yorkshire: The North East, Comprising Redcar, Saltburn, Whitby, Etc., and the Moors and Dales Between the Tees, the Derwent, the Vale of York and the Sea”. p.37. J. Russell Smith 1866 https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=UKwKAAAAYAAJ

“bin ‘ere an at Bilsdil ‘eead aboon fifty year.”

I wonder what he would have said about our current spell of blue skies and balmy weather. Almost certainly not an ‘Indian Summer’ which seems to be an American expression because warm autumn days was an hunting season for Native Americans2BBC News. (2013). Hints of an Indian Summer. [online] Available at: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/magazine-23952634 [Accessed 20 Sep. 2021]..



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