Category Archives: North Yorkshire

Witch-wood at Fryup Head

The other day, while trying out a moorland walking route for TGO magazine, I found myself rounding the relatively remote dale end called Fryup Head, about four miles south of Danby village as the crow flies. It’s a fine spot … Continue reading

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Canon Atkinson’s Yorkshire lexicon

In 1847, When Essex-born John Christopher Atkinson put it about that he’d been asked to become vicar of the remote North Yorkshire village of Danby, one wag declared: ‘Why, Danby was not found out when they sent Bonaparte to St … Continue reading

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Mend Our Mountains campaign extended

I noticed lately that the British Mountaineering Council’s ‘Mend Our Mountains‘ crowdfunding campaign has been extended. It’s a nice idea to help fund repairs to our hill paths, many of which are in a bit of a bad way. Various … Continue reading

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Trappers and the quiet ways

The other day, taking advantage of a pocket of sunshine and a light workload, I went out for a bit of an explore. I recently got hold of the Harvey Mountain Map for the North York Moors, and it’s got … Continue reading

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Nelly Ayre Foss

A few weeks ago, while I was catting around on the internet for information about Biggersdale Hole, I came across a mention of a waterfall near Goathland called Nelly Ayre Foss. A former spa village, Goathland is perennially popular thanks … Continue reading

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Jeanie the hag

It’s rather wonderful to discover something new about somewhere you thought you knew back to front. Less than a ten-minute walk from my cottage, Mulgrave Woods is an enchanting place – a 2000-acre ancient woodland with a ruined castle perched … Continue reading

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The cliff route to Robin Hood’s Bay

The sun has been venturing out lately, and so have I. Yesterday, after working late into the previous night, I crawled out of bed to discover the sun rising into a beautiful clear sky. I sacked off work for the … Continue reading

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Contributor to The Great Outdoors

Could anything be more pleasing than getting paid to go on strolls and write about them? Or to work for magazines that you read anyway? The Great Outdoors very kindly agreed to let me write a few North York Moors … Continue reading

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Kes

I have a feeling last week’s Indian summer might be over. This morning I found darkness had encroached on my regular breakfast time, and my stroll into town was a murky one. The mist-blanketed beach was strewn with wrack, and … Continue reading

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A day at the races

I spent Saturday watching some of the Gold Cup at Oliver’s Mount. It’s a motorcycle road racing track on the hill overlooking Scarborough, and for a good value day out in this part of the world I can highly recommend … Continue reading

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