Saturday, 15 September 2018

Who ate all the pies? * Or  ring a ring a  Roseberry                      (North Yorks) Sept 14th.
It's a while since we have been to the North Yorks Moors, today we are heading initially to Great Ayton to buy pies from Petch's Famous pie shop and then to have a walk based on the lump of rock called Roseberry Topping. A good turn out, a septet  of gadgies: Dave, Harry, Brian, Ben, John H., John C. and me. 
The walk starts at Pinchingthorpe, nature reserve and café, but we went to Great Ayton first to have breakfast at Stamps Café and to buy pies from Petch's Prize Winning Pie shop.
To get to the start from base, take the A19 south through the Tyne Tunnel and just beyond Middlesborough join the A174 and then the A171 and finally turn off on the right for Pinchingthorpe. The map for the walk is OS OL26 North York Moors,Western area and the car park at the start is at GR NZ 571138.
Although in Yorkshire this car park at Pinchinthorpe, Guisborough Nature, charges £3 a day which, compared to the Lake District is very cheap.
We headed east from the car park, passing the café,  railway carriage and several large carvings of animals

There are climbing activities for children close to the carvings.
There are also a number of signed walks in the area, we continued east through woodland before turning south east and passing Home Farm until, after a couple of fields we were in Hutton Lowcross Woods. And as we left the woods we had good view of Roseberry Topping.
Roseberry Topping, a local landmark. The area has been inhabited since the bronze age. In 1910 part of the mountain collapsed leaving it with its distinctive shape. Not really a mountain at 1050 feet but it's a steep climb and a popular one too.
There are several paths to the top of the hill, one clearly visible in the picture. On the top there is a trig point and views of the surrounding country, and Middlesborough.
                                     Roseberry Trig point, well done Jan and co.
Somebody thinks it's Herbie Time, wrong.  (Photo by DK associates)
WE took a very steep and stony path down, heading west of south on a track that had small stones that can act as ball bearings. Once on the more level ground we crossed fields parallel to Newton Woods, passing this fine shooting box on the way.

                                   Shooting box
As we entered Cliff Ridge Wood we called a Herbie Stop, treating each other to Ben's biscuits, Titans, two varieties of flapjack,  Titan bars from ALDI and ginger with lemon and poppy seed iced cake from Mrs A.

 This frame is placed to give you a view of old Roseberry. It says on the top bar "Some look but do not see". 
                                          Gadgies in the frame, all looking and probably seeing too. (DK picture)
Herbie time over we walked through the wood in the only shower of the day, and a light one at that. We turned north at the road before Quarry House then left along a track to Langbaurgh quarry. At the quarry the footpath turned north and took us through an unusual area. Much of the land was growing willows, there were several fishing ponds, reserved for residents only, but few houses, apart from Eastfield Farm.
Willows and teazels

                              One of several fish ponds.
From Eastfield farm the footpath, which is quite well signed with large black arrows on yellow background, heads north then  west for a short distance then north again then east.
Close to Morton Grange we crossed the single track railway and several fields before joining the disused railway line for the short walk back to the car park.

John Deere at work, ploughing the field before the scattering of seed upon the land.
                                       Once there was a railroad
Changed we drove a few miles down the road to the Kings Arms Hotel and pub. On offer was a beer called Thirst Aid and an orange stout. The beer was fine.
The King's Head

And another view of Roseberry Topping
Contains OS data, copyright. Crown copyright and database right 2018

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More pictures from DK Associates

Saturday, 8 September 2018

   Gadgies of the Rings (Northumberland) Sept 7
Haltwhistle claims to be the geographical centre of Great Britain. The worthies of the small town have produced leaflets named The Haltwhistle Rings, a series of 22 walks in the area, buyable as a book, downloadable as leaflets.
The BBC weather man told the nation that an area of low pressure would settle over Newcastle today so we decided to head west and chose walk number 15 from the Haltwhistle Rings; Featherstone and Rowfoot. To get to the start of the walk take the A69 west and towards the end of the Haltwhistle bypass turn left for Coanwood. Follow this minor road through Park Village and turn right at Featherstone. A few hundred yards beyond the Wallace Arms there is a small car park on the left. It's a Yorkshire car park too.
The walk is covered by OS OL 43 Hadrian's Wall and that, or a leaflet for the walk is advisable.
Naturally we stopped for breakfast at Brockbushes Farm Shop and café off the Corbridge roundabout.
      Brockbushes, a popular eating place and farm shop, with pick your own fruit in season
                    Small but perfectly formed car park.  (OS GR NY681607)
To the right of the bus in the picture is a footpath which took us to the start of the walk on the dismantled railway that once followed the South Tyne to Alston but is now used by walkers, cyclists and dogsters.
Easy walking for a couple of miles through the old Coanwood station with its ghosts of engineers and passengers to Lambley Viaduct, a fine piece of late Victorian civil engineering and best seen from the footpath on the west side of the South Tyne but this is not on today's route. The far end of the viaduct is blocked but you may walk across to the barrier.
                 Ghostly passenger waiting for the 11.15 to Alston.
                            Walkers like an easy start
                                Lambley Viaduct
We struggled to find the footpath at the viaduct but a lady walker pointed it out to us. We climbed Castle Hill, not too steep, and crossed fields to the tiny settlement of Ashholme.
        Cottage to rent at Ashholme. An elderly gentleman wished he was walking with us rather than having to clean the cottage for the next renters.
From Ashholme we walked along the road past Mount Pleasant
Molecatchers like to demonstrate their skills have been successful.
             At this point there was some discussion as to whether we should follow the road or cross the fields; the road supporters won and on we went passing close to the delightfully named Yont the Cleugh. At the road end we took to field, separated by a flimsy wire fence from the fine brute below and his herd of ladies.

                                       A fine fellow indeed
We came to a ruined shepherd's cottage  called Gorcock and called a Herbie. We had hardly settled down when we were visited by several Galloways, one being of the belted variety.
  Gorcock, the chap on the right is consulting his map really
                            Ben is about to share his lunch with friends. We shared naughty nutties, cookies, ginger biscuits and scones from Mrs A. (Photo by Algar Associates)
Lunch over we continued north east to the settlement at Burn House. Nearby is a Friends Meeting House.

                   Friends  Meeting Hose near Burn House. And still looking in good condition. I don't know if it is still used.
From the Meeting House we walked the fields to a ruin close to Low Todhillwood. (Tod means fox)
The footpath is on the left of the wall and goes almost due west to Low Ramshaw (Ram is a crow, apparently)
Here we headed north for a short time crossing fields of Lauder Grass which make walking difficult until we came to heather and bracken covered Ramshaw Fell. At this point the group split, amicably.
John H. and Brian followed Park Burn closely and were rewarded with a view of a waterfall. We others continued over the moor and across fields to Lynnshield.

                          Waterfall on Park Burn. (Photo by Algar Associates)
Although we did not meet up both groups took the footpath round Lynnshield, a well posted path, and quite right too, who wants people walking through your yard.
                                    Just in case you missed the sign.
From Lynnshield we crossed a few more fields before coming to the road, turned left and walked back to Featherstone Rowfoot and the car park. Changed, we re hydrated in the Wallace Arms, a small friendly pub which had two ales on offer, one from the Twice Brewed brewery on the wall. They also had a very refreshing lime and soda for drivers.
                                    The Wallace Arms
                              Contains OS data, copyright. Crown copyright and database right 2018


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