We've just got back from a wonderful two weeks spent in a cottage tucked just inside the North York Moors National Park. The photo shows you the view at the back of the cottage - a glacial moraine crowned with beech trees; the greenhow from which Ingleby Greenhow takes its name.
You can just see the North York Moors behind the how (from the old Norse haugh which means hill or mound), towards Clay Bank which has the most amazing views across the Cleveland plain.
Here's the view down the hill from the how towards our cottage. The strangely shaped mound you can see in the distance is Roseberry Topping, an icon from NAH's childhood as a walk to the top was a favourite trip of his parents, plus the history and geography of the surrounding area was studied extensively by his mother. Part of the shape is possibly due to the local ironstone and alum works which may have collapsed.
The hill to the right is Easby Moor, home to Captain Cook's Monument, who went to school in Great Ayton - a village overlooked by the monument and one of the larger villages (and a pretty one) close to our base.
Our cottage was smack in the middle of old ironstone and jet mine workings, though you'd never know it as the mines and their noise have long gone. The only sounds we heard were the local butcher's sheep in the field opposite, our cottage owner's horses, owls hooting, and the bubbling cries of lapwings and curlews.
It was a fabulous base for our holiday. There are some garden and other highlights to come...
|From the viewpoint at the top of Clay Bank|
Our cottage is in the clump of trees in the middle of the fields you can see towards the centre of the photo