Showing posts from September, 2010

The Bridestones, Rievaulx and Hutton-le-Hole

Over a couple of days we explored a few places in the area, as we were new to North Yorkshire. What a fabulous county!. There is so much history and amazing and varied history up this part of England. I think we need longer than our week Anyway, off to Dalby Forest to explore, with one particular place in mind The Bridestones - a series of "outcrops of millstone grit rocks and boulders which are ½ a mile long. Amongst these rocky outcrops are a number of odd-shaped formations that have been caused by weather-related erosion over thousands, if not millions of years. One huge boulder in particular, known as ‘The Great Bridestone’ is fantastically shaped at its base, looking like an up-turned bottle, as if it might topple over at any moment. There are a number of myths and legends associated with The Bridestones, many of these going back to the mists of time. More recently, perhaps, there are a number of local traditions that have become connected to the place and its

Staithes - quaint and quiet

With its higgledy-piggledy cottages and winding streets, Staithes has the air of a place lost in time. Once one of the largest fishing ports on the North East coast, this coastal hamlet is now a well-loved base for exploring Yorkshire's cliff top paths and discovering the delights of rock pooling and fossil hunting on the small sandy beach. Unfortunately, we arrived when the tide was out, which rendered the cliff top `picture postcard` view, a bit of a damp squid!! A couple of views from the beach showing the village, as well as some of the boats moored near the harbour. One of Staiths`s great sons was James Cook (1728-1779), born in the village of Marton near Middlesbrough and later apprenticed to a draper in the small fishing harbour of Staithes (11 miles north of Whitby). He fell in love with the sea and his time in Staithes is remembered in the Captain Cook and Staithes Heritage Centre. Later he moved to Whitby and became a trainee with a local shipping fi

Whitby and the famous ruined abbey

Today we planned a trip to Whitby - a place we have not previously visited. Situated on the east coast of Yorkshire at the mouth of the River Esk, Whitby has a maritime, mineral and tourist heritage. Its East Cliff is home to the ruins of Whitby Abbey, where Cædmon, the earliest recognised English poet, lived. The fishing port emerged during the Middle Ages, supporting important herring and whaling fleets, and was where Captain Cook learned seamanship. Tourism started in Whitby during the Georgian period and developed with the arrival of the railway in 1839. Its attraction as a tourist destination is enhanced by the proximity of the high ground of the North York Moors national park and the heritage coastline and by association with the horror novel Dracula. The earliest record of a permanent settlement is in 656, when as Streanæshealh it was the place where Oswy, the Christian king of Northumbria, founded the first abbey, under the abbess Hilda. The Synod of Whitby was held there

Robin Hood's Bay - Journey and arrival

A week in Yorkshire started with our journey to Robin Hood's Bay - our base for the week. I wondered to start with what Robin Hood had to do with the coast of Yorkshire, but as with so much `history` it all appears to be legend. So first a few images taken on a detour on the way up to the coast. Two images of the mid Yorkshire Moors - wonderful. Ralph Cross or Ralph’s Cross, depending which documents you read! The cross stands high-up on Danby High Moor between Hutton-le-Hole and Castleton, just by the junction of two moorland roads to Rosedale and Westerdale, in north Yorkshire. First described in old deeds from the early 13th century, Ralph’s Cross stands nine feet high on a solid stone base. There is uncertainty about its age; the present-day cross could date from the 18th century though some historians date it to around 1200, certainly the base could date from that time. It seems likely that a much older cross once stood on this site — perhaps an Anglo-S

Emma ties the knot

This was the family event of the year - the marriage of Emma and Simon in the little round church of Little Maplestead. It was a good day in all aspects, that is weather included! The whole operation went as smoothly as could be wished. Emma, with her gorgeous smile which lights everywhere up. The church was beautifully adorned with flowers befitting the occasion. Two of the bridesmaids, sisters, looking radiant in their outfits. Nieces of the bride. Joy, also a sister of the bride. The bride arrives accompanied by her mother, Marguerite, as her father was sadly deceased. Little Maplestead Round Church Simon and Emma, after the service. Emma showing her beautiful dress. The happy couple with Emma`s family complete. The bride's brother Andrew with wife Alison and son Christopher. The obligatory throwing of the confetee Before the cake was cut. Somehow, the photographer had h