Another view of Roseberry Topping, this time from Pinchinthorp on the Great Ayton to Guisborough Road. Pinchinthorp is an ancient township, the name deriving from Pincium, or Pinchun, a Norman family who held land here in the 12th century. To describe Pinchinthorp today as a hamlet is a bit of an overstatement.
A couple of months ago, in the summer, I heard an assessor telling the Duke of Edinburgh group I was supervising that the grass that which grows in profusion on disturbed or burnt areas on the moors is called ‘Yorkshire Haze’. An interesting snippet of a local plant name I thought and locked it away in my grey cells.
I was reminded of the name today when crossing Pinchinthorp Moor above Hanging Stone. About two years ago the forestry plantation here was clear felled leaving it looking like Tunguska. Grass is for now the dominant plant with here and there a sprig of heather. Back home I searched for the Latin name, Holcus lanatus, with a common name of ‘Yorkshire Fog’. That must be it.
I have to admit though I’m not totally confident. There are a lot of grasses and they all look similar.
A bit of a mouth full, locals know it as just Pinchinthorpe. A very popular base for walking and mountain biking in the forestry of Guisborough and Hutton Lowcross.
The photo is looking down on the visitor centre, which is just left of centre, with the Eston Hills as a backdrop. Right of centre is Lowcross Farm. The walkway follows the route of the old Middlesbrough & Guisborough Railway which opened in 1853 to service the ironstone mines to the south of Guisborough. The last passenger service was in 1964 with goods continuing until 1966.