Foxgloves like their toes in slightly acidic soil especially if the soil has been disturbed as in this clear felling of the forestry plantation along Greenhow Bank. The latin name, Digitalis purpurea, gives a clue to the main usage of this plant, as a source for the drug digitalin, used to treat heart complaints. Across the flat valley of Greenhow Botton are Carr Ridge and White Hill with Clay Bank in between.
I make no excuse for posting another picture of bluebells, they’ll soon be dying away for another year. The first bracken fonds have overtaken the delicate flowers. In Newton Woods they are already past their best but here in Bilsdale in this wooded gill to the south of White Hill (commonly known as Hasty Bank) they’re still going strong.
Another wet morning left me dithering to go out but by lunch time the sun was breaking through. Even on the Cleveland Hills I am always amazed to discover new places and vistas. I was browsing the 1853 Ordnance Survey 6″ map when I spotted the name Cheshire Stone on the edge of Urra Moor overlooking Bilsdale. To be named on the map the feature must be significant. I just had to find it.
It was well worth the effort. Hacking through the dying bracken, about fifty metres from a Public Bridleway I’ve used many times before that skirts the edge of the moor and follows the prehistoric dyke known as Billy’s Dyke. I guess the Cheshire Stone is the largest of the cluster of rounded sandstone rocks, to the right in the photo. In the distance an unfamiliar view of Hasty Bank.
Hasty Bank, Cold Moor and Cringle Moor: the Cleveland Hills. Lots of snow.
With rain forecast for the day I headed for Garfitt Gap below the Wainstones to try and photograph some Bronze Age cup and ring marked boulders. The boulders were easy to locate but the markings were not. The book I have has some drawings showing some intricate markings. Seems a bit of wishful thinking to me. A disappointment then but I did manage to photograph this piece of art on the way back. I know its not a Venus de Milo and not quite an antiquity but it is curiously pleasing. On a crag overlooking Hasty Bank.