Out & About …

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

Tag: WW2

  • Duncombe Park Army Camp

    Duncombe Park Army Camp

    About 3km after crossing Rievaulx Bridge with its opportunity to gaze at the majestic abbey, the Cleveland Way crosses a concrete road at Griff Lodge. Here the National Trail bears left to Helmsley avoiding Duncombe Park. The concrete road is a reminder of the military presence during WW2 at Duncombe Park. Following it through Park…

  • Ravenscar WW2 Radar Station

    Ravenscar WW2 Radar Station

    Just off the Cleveland way, south of Ravenscar are the remains of the coastal defence radar system for the protection of the UK during the Second World War. It was one of a chain of stations built along the east coast during 1941 to detect approaching aircraft. There are four buildings, nearest is a fuel…

  • Aircraft Crash on Easby Moor

    Aircraft Crash on Easby Moor

    80 years ago today, 11th February 1940, a flight of three Lockheed Hudson aircraft took off from Thornaby airfield on a mission to search for enemy minesweepers operating in the Heglioland Bight off the Danish Coast. Within a few minutes after taking off at 04:10 one of the aircraft, NR-E crashed into Easby Moor. Ice…

  • Starfish Decoy Command Bunker

    Starfish Decoy Command Bunker

    A rather gloomy morning and a fall back on a recycled subject. I last posted about this Starfish Decoy Command Bunker almost three years ago to the day. It looked a nice day then. Adjacent to the Hutton to Kildale track along Percy Rigg, this WW2 relic was one of 237 similar decoys around the…

  • Pillbox, South Gare

    Pillbox, South Gare

    I went orienteering today … at South Gare, a complex area of sand dunes and reclaimed land created over¬†150 years of iron production. A bit rusty.¬†Should have¬†picked an easier area. A leg along the beach went past this World War II pillbox almost buried in the sand. Pillboxes were hastily constructed after the fall of…

  • Mellon Charles

    Mellon Charles

    I first visited Loch Ewe in 2013 and was amazed on discovering its role in World War II. An unassuming role modestly portrayed in a few information boards scattered around its coast. WW2 remains abound, anti aircraft gun emplacements, military buildings and foundations. Loch Ewe is a deep sea loch and during the war it…