Category Archives: North Yorkshire

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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The Wreck of the Jeanne

A while ago, as I was wandering in the grounds of St Oswald’s church in Lythe, I came across an unusual grave. It was reasonably smart and clean for a stone of its age, and bore the following inscription: In … Continue reading

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Torching the moor

They were burning the heather up on Danby Rigg when we walked by the other day. It’s odd to think that something which appears such a wild and primal environment is in fact artificially created with a great deal of … Continue reading

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Not-so-logical Levisham

There are few tests of clutch control quite like coming up against a hefty and stubbornly immoveable highland cow as you’re climbing a 1-in-5 slope. But then the Victorian villagers of Levisham, up on the North York Moors, might have … Continue reading

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In search of pubs and the picturesque

My most recent moorland walk was a fact-finding mission. I’ve realised two things lately: 1. Though I spend a great deal of time roaming around on the moors and in the woods, I rarely venture down into the valleys, where … Continue reading

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The white cliffs of Yorkshire

As I walked into the little moorland village of Grosmont, the first thing I saw was a Spitfire in the station car park. I’ve written before about the North York Moors Railway, but in brief, it is an excellent enterprise … Continue reading

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Springs and neaps

Sandsend, the village at the bottom of the hill, has the best high tides. The grey North Sea boils and booms, pounding against the sea wall and somersaulting back into itself with a deep, wet thump. Jets of spray fountain … Continue reading

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Blakey Topping. And fog.

The other week, as I stood atop Simon Howe on a clear, sunny morning, I looked across at the distinct hump of Blakey Topping in the distance and thought ‘that will be my next target’. Somehow this translated into a … Continue reading

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