A week in the lovely North York Moors, staying in a stunning barn conversion at Crag Farm House in Danby Dale. Here are a few pics showing the barn, nearby dovecote which could be seen from our kitchen door (lighted below) and our woolly neighbours.
We did several longish walks during the week, including one right from the doorstep and another from the village of Rosedale Abbey and one from Goathland (Aidensfield for Heartbeat fans). We were only caught out by rain once, getting fairly drenched walking from Helmsley to Rievaulx Abbey. No photos of that walk!
The paths are well signposted, sometimes through the national park, sometimes through farmland, sometimes along lanes and roads. Stiles are quite common as are ‘kissing gates’ so that fences are not breached and animals can’t escape. Shutting ordinary gates is mandatory of course. The wide path with the cyclists above is an old railroad bed.
The rail was a spur which went to the Rosedale ironstone mine from the 1850s until the ironstone ran out at the end of the 1920s. (Mine ruins middle pic top row below) While the mine and railway were in operation the population of the local area was much greater than it is now.
The stone cross is one of many markers on the moors. This one is known as Ralph and stories about its origin are varied but it is probably a mediaeval highway marker. In this image it is looming up out of fog so I can see why it it was needed. It is also the symbol of the North York Moors National Park. In the image under it the treeless moors can be seen on the ridge. Sheep graze freely on them making driving, especially in the fog and/or dark, a bit tricky. The valley sides and floors are largely given over to farming and small villages.
Lunch in the front garden of a farm house while walking from Rosedale Abbey. We passed by on a week day when no sandwiches were made but were given a piece of yorkshire brack (a kind of fruitcake) with some cheese and plenty of tea. Delicious!
Whitby Abbey – ruins high on the cliff above Whitby – in the fog – very eerie. A school group were having fun being monks.
Near Mallyon Spout. A lovely circuit walk from Goathland.
Follow the leader?
The day we were leaving – a beautiful sunrise across a foggy Danby Dale.