If I disregard the lack of a phone signal and the fact that internet is non existent then this place is superb. Today as the overnight rain and mist cleared I decided to go and investigate some old mine workings on the moor above the valley of Rosedale.
It’s a steep climb but the views back down into the valley were adequate compensation…………I think! The wind was horrendous. Almost impossible to stand in the stronger gusts. Broken cloud was sending patches of sunlight flying across the valley below. All in all a good morning and a refreshing wander.
This is all that remains of what I assume to be old lime kilns. It’s a little odd as there is no adjacent Limestone. There is or was a railway that runs at over a thousand feet around the valley. This is a twelve mile walk which was beyond me in gale force winds. It is possible that as well as ironstone there is some limestone and coal around. The local hysterical society have a web site so had I access I could have told you all about it. I think a Google of Rosedale Historical Society would probably fill the gaps in my knowledge………..one big gap if I’m honest.
On we were blown, the dogs flying like kites on the ends of their leads.
These sculptures are becoming prevalent…………..They are fine but the custom of writing puerile rubbish on them isn’t and I speak as an expert on the writing of rubbish. The rail bed is to the right. It dates from the mid eighteen hundreds I suspect and could well have used horses for motive power. I’ll check it all out before I return.
By the time you get this I will be back at Raby Castle. It should be open this time.