Codhill Heights

At a mere 296 metres above sea level and thus lower than the nearby Great Ayton Moor (318m), Potters Ridge (319m) and Gisborough Moor (324m), this high point rather sanguinely takes the name of Codhill Heights. A cairn marks the summit, built on a Bronze Age tumulus and is red hued in the first light of the morning sun.

The cairn would have been the first checkpoint on the Gisborough Moors Fell Race, following a training route introduced to me by my good friend, Jon. Both of us were members of Mandale Harriers, keen fell runners and orienteers. But this was way back in 1978 long before the concept of Open Access land became law and permission was denied so a longer alternative route through Sleddale Farm had to be negotiated.

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