Out & About …

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

  • Capt. Cook’s Monument on Easby Moor

    Capt. Cook’s Monument on Easby Moor

    The dry stone wall might appear ruined but it is still a significant boundary. It is the boundary between the parishes of Kildale and Easby (Stokesley). It separates Easby Moor and Coate Moor (or Court Moor to use its 19th-century name). And it marks the edge of the Open Access Land although there has always…

  • Commondale

    Commondale

    Commondale is quite a short valley. Commondale Beck is barely 2 miles long from the meeting of Ravensgill Beck and Sleddale Beck and its confluence with the River Esk. The hamlet of the same name lies at the “head” of the valley. This photo was taken on Commondale Moor with some old drainage ridges noticeable…

  • Tintwistle

    Tintwistle

    Sunshine on Arnfield Low Moor, north of Tintwistle in Derbyshire. I must admit I hadn’t appreciated the county extended as far north as this. Obviously, the “moor” has been enclosed and improved over the years to produce lush pasture for sheep and cattle. In the distance the Dark Peak itself: Bleaklow. Apparently Tintwistle is pronounced…

  • Robert Aske Memorial Seat

    Robert Aske Memorial Seat

    It’s amazing how a little bit of snow transforms a scene. I’ve had my eye on this bench as a subject since first starting this blog but have always been disappointed with the resulting photo. I first came across it many years ago when I glanced at the little brass plaque: TO THE GLORY OF…

  • A Simmer Blink

    A Simmer Blink

    I had lain in bed before dawn listening to the rain on the roof. On the garden two inches of slushy snow. A forecast of more rain. Not very inspiring. Even the dog kept her head down refusing to look at me. A cold, sloppy run up into the clag. But the day was brightening,…

  • Snowstorm at Hagg’s Gate

    Snowstorm at Hagg’s Gate

    I was reminded today of a popular knick-knack of the 60s: a snow globe. A half dome of glass filled with water and snow confetti. Inside was a small scene, maybe including a reindeer or a Disney character. Given a shake, the scene would be transformed into a snowstorm. I am looking down through a…

  • Ayton Mines Memorial Bridge

    Ayton Mines Memorial Bridge

    During a brief break in the weather a chance to photograph a swollen River Leven below the Ayton Mines Memorial Bridge near Suggits. The footbridge was erected as a memorial to the five workers of Ayton Mines who lost their lives during the 1914-1918 war: From the 4th Battalion, Alexandra Princess of Wales’s Own (Yorkshire)…

  • Park Plantation Quarry

    Park Plantation Quarry

    First snow of the year. Nothing more than a flurry but still snow. Went searching for the site of a plane crash on Ingleby Bank. On 9 June 1941 an Armstrong Whitworth Whitley Mk. V from the No.51 Sqn. RAF. flew into the hillside in poor visibility. It was returning to RAF Dishforth from a…

  • River Leven at Hutton Rudby

    River Leven at Hutton Rudby

    Mondays are my cycling days. Tootling around the villages of North Yorkshire. The River Leven at Hutton Rudby is spanned by a two-segmented arched bridge built in 1755 according to Pevsner, the historical architect. The river flows down a deep valley separating the two parts of the village. Rudby on the north side, and Hutton…

  • Alum Rock Quarry

    Alum Rock Quarry

    Another fine day in the Cleveland Hills. This is the view that will greet walkers on the Cleveland Way as they begin the steep descend around the huge bowl of Alum Rock Quarry into Slapewath. It could be said that here was the start of Teesside chemical industry for at the turn of the 17th-century…

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