Sunday, December 14, 2014

Wheeldale Moor

One of my favourite places is on  Wheeldale Moor.  There's everything from bronze ages tumuli, through to WWII archeology and later.  Here's an example:-

Walk up Rutmoor beck and around 780963 you'll see this.  It doesn't appear to have been a building and I'm not quite sure it was an enclosure either. 

A couple of hundred meters SW of Wheeldale Howe stands the 'Blue-man-i-the-Moss', probably a bronze age stone and standing on the Rydale/Eskdale boundary.
There's an old letter 'E' carved in it, probably for 'Egton' and a rather modern blue man painted on it. At the base is a modern memorial to someone.

And a couple of hundred meters SE of Wheeldale How lay the remains of a 'green goddess', an old army fire tender, burnt out in the severe fires of 1976. (767990) Over the years the ravages of scrap hunters, the elements and souvenir hunters have all but reduced this from the much large lorry it once was.  

Wednesday, August 13, 2014


Down at Ravenscar quite well hidden near the fault line lies this carved rock.  Its not particularly obvious and is quite large.  Its laid flat on the rocks and is far too heavy to stand up without using a lever of some sort.

From personal experience I'd guess that to do this carving would take a good few hours.  

Someone took a lot of time and effort to do this but I've never  been able to find out anything about it.

Any one know?
And here not far from the previous picture I came across another neptune, clearly by the same hand and yet again hidden away, in this case off the path down to the rocky foreshaw

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Sean The Sheep

Between Lokwood Beck and Castleton stands this rather ugly bus shelter.  Until now.  Some creative genius has decorated it.  Classic!

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Scotland 2014

A couple of pictures from my annual climbing/skiing trip to the highlands.  More snow than I've ever seen before and little ice to climb on.  But who cares?
 Here's the top of Nevis Range ski slopes.  Aonach Mor
 Aonach Mor West face.  I climbed an easy route up here
Looking east towards the Grey Corries from Aonach Mor

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Milk Stands

Boulby Banks Farm

Before the  1970s milk produced by farms was left for collection in aluminium milk churns from outside farms.  Just about every farm or smallholding had at their farm entrance a stand, normally made of stone or wood.  Nowdays these are rare.  Stone examples survive, this one 
 is in Hawsker village at Grange Farm.  As you can see this one has old telegraph poles to support the stand made of solid stone.

The last milk churn collection was in the late 1970's .

I also remember a locally published book with a collection of photographs of milk stands published around that time too.  Alas I never bought a copy.