North York Moors CAM

 

Saturday 13th October 2001

Weather: Very mild for October but a bit hazy

Cringle Moor - Cold Moor - Raisdale Mill - Brian's Pond

( 9 miles )


 

Today's walk begins at the Lord Stone's Cafe (Grid Ref: 524 029) near Carlton Bank

There's a pond near the start and finish of this walk - Cringle Moor lies ahead

 

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Our first couple of miles follows part of the Cleveland Way. This year's walking restrictions, due to Foot & Mouth,
have led to much of the track being overgrown - even some of the paved sections were slippery with moss

 

Jean's beaten me to the top of Cringle Moor - and to the Alec Falconer Memorial Seat
- Alec (1884-1968) was a famous rambler in these parts

 

The view through the haze from Falconer's Seat across the Cleveland Plain to distant Roseberry Topping

 

The ever popular track continues along the northern edge of Cringle Moor...

 

...with spectacular views east across to our next objective, Cold Moor, and beyond that, Hasty Bank

 

Another view over the Cleveland Plain - the bracken on the slopes below is a rich russett colour this time of year

 

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A 200 yard detour south from the track leads us to a prominent cairn, Drake Howe, the highest point on Cringle Moor
- in a hollow behind the cairn, a tiny plaque on a small pile of stones reads...

In Loving Memory
of
NEV RIDGWAY
Who spent many happy hours
walking on these moors.
Loved and missed by so many.
(1938-1997)

 

We wander back to the main path and soon reach the eastern edge of Cringle Moor - Cold Moor lies ahead

 

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At the bottom of the track we pass the remains of Donna Cross, then climb the steep path to the top of Cold Moor

 

From near the top we enjoy a lovely view south-west towards Raisdale

 

At a cairn (Grid Ref: 552 035) we leave the Cleveland Way track and head south along the ridge of Cold Moor
- here we look north-east towards the rocky outcrop on Hasty Bank known as
The Wainstones

 

The track along the ridge is very clear for a mile or so, then it eventually forks at Grid ref: 553 016
- the left-hand path is easy to follow down to Cold Moor Lane and Chop Gate.

We went right to follow the footpath marked on the OS map to reach Stone Intake Farm (Grid Ref: 543 004)
However, the track petered out to nothing and we found ourselves walking through knee-deep heather
- still, the views were just as good across Raisdale to Cringle Moor and we managed to get there safely in the end

 

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Just near Stone Intake, we follow a path down across a couple of fields, and after a short road walk,
we reach the old stone buildings of Raisdale Mill

Much of the mill has been renovated into modern holiday cottages but there are still signs of the old days

 

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After passing between the buildings of the mill we turn sharp right up leafy Mill Lane
- it's always a pleasant walk up here and there's always something interesting to catch the eye

 

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Soon after passing the tangled roots of an ancient tree, the lane opens up onto a grassy path leading to moorland

 

As we gain height the reward is a glorious view back over to Bilsdale

The smoke on the horizon is caused by controlled burning of large patches of heather -
it's a common sight on the moors for much of the year and it's done to burn off the old heather
in order to encourage new shoots to grow on which the grouse feed

 

On reaching the top of the lane we go straight on at a crossroads of tracks then follow another
footpath sign pointing right which brings us to a stile near the head of Scugdale

Harry Cooper, the 'Giant of Scugdale', spent some of his early life as a farm servant at Scugdale Hall,
near the trees (centre left of photo). He worked for some time in Glaisdale, then at the North Skelton ironstone mines,
before the difficulties of his height prevented him from working at all, so he went to London to seek his fortune.
At the age of 23 he measured 8' 6" in height and weighed 20 stones. He was reputed to be the tallest man in the world
when he accompanied the monster elephant 'Jumbo' to America, and he was exhibited in Barnum's Circus Show
before dying in British Columbia about 1900. He's buried in Calgary, Canada

       

These sheep near Barker's Crags gave us a wary look - they haven't seen many human beings this summer

 

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At Grid Ref. 525 003 we bear right at a small pile of stones and follow the narrow path through the heather...

 

...eventually reaching Brian's Pond - from here it's about another mile of easy walking along a wide track
towards the Gliding Club, then down the east side of Carlton Bank and back to the starting point

 


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