Thursday 15th November 2001

Weather: A beautiful November day

Today's Walk: Bank Foot Farm - Baysdale - Hob Hole - Hograh Moor ( 14 miles )

Part 1: Bank Foot Farm - Baysdale - Hob Hole ( 7 miles )


( A few days later I went into hospital for a couple of operations so I may not be walking far for a while... )



For today's walk, Jim and I were joined by Tom Scott Burns ( above left )

Tom has written several walker's guide books plus others of a more local historical nature
- my two particular favourites are 'Round & About the North York Moors: A Glimpse of the Past' Volumes 1& 2

Tom's knowledge of the local hills and moors is second to none and it was a pleasure to listen to his stories
- we learned a lot from him today and look forward to joining him more on future walks


We began today's walk at Bank Foot Farm ( Grid Ref: 593 062 ) following the forestry track uphill
towards Turkey Nab - from halfway up we look south-west towards the Cleveland Hills escarpment


A bit further on and a view north across Kildale - Captain Cook's Monument is just visible on Easby Moor (top left)


...and from on Battersby Moor another view of the Cleveland Hills


Where the path meets the Cleveland Way at Grid Ref: 604 062 we continue straight on along a good track
soon enjoying fine views north-east across Battersby Moor towards Baysdale and Kildale Moor beyond


Turning left at the next junction of tracks, we soon arrive at a mass of irregularly-shaped boulders
known as the Cheese Stones - we sat and enjoyed a cuppa and took in the stunning views...



...then Tom pointed out several carvings in the rocks - the one above right even has Tom puzzled...



From the Cheese Stones we set off again towards Middle Head Intake passing several standing stones and cairns
- Tom reckons the one above may have been simply a 'shepherd's marker' - other stones lie in a straight line from it


Descending from Intake Plantation, we enjoy this lovely view as we approach Baysdale Abbey Farm
built on the original site of a 13th century Cistercian Nunnery

Tom writes, 'Imagine the scene in this wild enclosed ravine in the early 1300's, when numerous cattle
were wintered in the sheltered valley bottom. Baysdale is derived from Basdale
- recorded in Yorkshire charters of 1189 and 1204 - meaning 'cow-shed valley'

In the Middle Ages, land rents in Baysdale were paid with the 'heads of wolves'
- so numerous were the beasts in these parts at the time



Nature shows off its autumn colours as we continue along the track, past the farm, and on towards Baysdale valley


We climb steeply up a field, past this barn...


...receiving curious gazes from the local 'residents'



Further along the valley we found a nice spot to eat our lunch among the dead bracken and autumn leaf fall



A little further on, and Tom points out a grassy mound (above left) near the stream - he explains that it's the remains of
a 12th century
bloomery (an ancient iron furnace) - he kicked a piece of turf off the surface and soon uncovered
lumps of slag which must have laid there undisturbed for nearly 1000 years

The two gateposts stand across the beck from a ruined bridge buttress on the opposite side
- their significance will be explained in the second part of the walk



Further along Baysdale Beck we arrive at the local beauty spot of Hob Hole
- we used to bring the kids here picnicking on many occassions until it became too well-known and popular

Part 2 of the walk

location map

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