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Back Yard Exploration!

The heather is out on the North York Moors in all its glory, and it being Bank Holiday weekend Mr E and I had a day out, exploring our own back yard, never getting further than 15 miles from home.

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The smell is just divine, imagine honey and then more honey and that’s how the moors smell at this time of year.

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This is Farndale, love the remains of the stone building in the background.

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And this would be Rosedale, looking beautiful and completely natural, look carefully for all round this Dale are the remains of

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a railway line which served the needs of the local iron industry. At one time Rosedale also had a glass blowing industry the furnace for which is in the Ryedale Folk museum, and from the talk at our Family History Group this week I hear that come this winter the glass furnace will feature in a programme made by the Countryfile team.

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My little camera tried as hard as it could to show the remains of the iron industry, which if you click on the picture itself you may be able to see.

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Scattered across the moors are waymarkers/crosses like this one. The Ralph Cross, now symbol of the park authority,is possibly 700 years old.

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This is Duck Bridge and is a medieval pack horse bridge, not wide enough for cars but just wide enough for a pack horse with fully laden paniers to pass over.

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Pretty narrow! Enough to perplex any sat nav- fortunately there is a ford just the other side. Here’s another..

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This one is called Beggars Bridge. The story is that a poor young man called Tom Ferris fell in love with The Squires’ daughter, Agnes. Tom went away to sea and wished to say Goodbye before he left, but couldn’t cross the river by the Ford as the river was in full spate. Four years later he returned a wealthy man, married his Agnes and built the Bridge so that no couple should ever be unable to see their loved one.

Just love these old tales.. Onwards

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Have to have a picture of sheep on the moors. The sheep know exactly which their bit of moor is and don’t stray, somehow the knowledge is passed onto the lambs by the ewes. You do have to drive with care as they wander onto the roads and into the villages. I don’t want to make this post too long but I have some super pictures of sheep for another post.

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So I will just leave as I began with the lovely heather on the moors- this taken near Hutton le Hole.

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Hope everyone in the UK enjoyed the Bank Holiday weekend, and some managed to do some exploring in their own neighbourhood.

 

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Comments on: "Back Yard Exploration!" (7)

  1. Cathy! What beautiful pictures of the moor and of course that purple color is my favorite. Thanks so much for sharing. Love and Hugs, Tamara

  2. Lovely pics Cathy, we just stayed at home this holiday and had a lovely lazy time!. I tackled the front garden mainly because the back garage door is stuck due to the rapid cooling night temps. I think we have had some of the best weather in the country, today is bright and breezy. Hoping for an Indian summer! We have lived on the east coast 9 years this week. The year we moved here I never wore a coat until November!

    • I have been gardening today. Yes to an Indian summer we have basked in sunshine today, but my family down south are complaining about rain.

  3. Beautiful. We have been up on our own moors, with their hidden lead mines and iron age workings and that self same delicious smell. No photos though, it kept raining.

    • Oh what a shame about the rain, but the smell would more than compensate. I would love to see one of your photographs of your moor. The old industrial remains are just fascinating wherever they are.

  4. With this on your doorstep, why bother travelling anywhere else? I like the story of Beggars Bridge though imagine trying to do this now – the rules and regulations would defeat even the most romantic of us.

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