Whorl Hill

At 237m above sea level Whorl Hill has the distinction of being the 1182nd tallest hill in England. Or so the tables say. It’s an outlier of the Cleveland Hills overlooking the deserted village of Whorlton. The plantation of larch that covers the hill was planted in 1953, the year of the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. On its eastern slopes the foresters planted the letter ‘ER’ in a strand of spruce. It’s more noticeable in the winter when the larch has dropped its needles although as the trees have matured the letters have become less observable. I remember seeing then ages ago but admit in recent years it’s probably wishful thinking.


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