Glenridding

In the Lakes for three days; supervising a DofE expedition. Hazy weather must be due all this continental air that we are supposed to have. This is looking down on Glenridding from the top of Lucy’s Tongue. There’s a g;impose of Ullswater in the distance.

Lenten Lillies

Lenten Lily is the Yorkshire name for the daffodil, the wild English variety. I’m not sure if these are indeed truly wild daffodils but I like the name.

Daffs are poisonous nevertheless they have been used throughout the centuries for medicinal purposes particularly as a cure for cancer. Hippocrates himself recommended a pessary prepared from daffodils for tumours of the womb. In modern medicine galantamine, used to control Alzheimer’s disease, is obtained from daffodils grown commercially for the very purpose.

In a few months this view of Roseberry will not be possible as the bracken will be five feet high. No sign of any fronds yet.

Infinity Bridge

An evening paddle up the Tees with the Stockton & Thornaby Canoe Club.

The Infinity Bridge was opened in 2009 at a cost of £15m. It gets its name from the infinity symbol ( ∞ ) that the bridge makes with it’s reflection. Even the slightest breeze spoils the effect.

G. Ward & Son, Blacksmiths of Carlton

Took the road bike out today which gave me a chance for a more closer look at the villages of Cleveland than I can get from a car. Carlton has a pub and a school but no shop. But what it does have, and perhaps one of the last villages to do so, is a village blacksmith. A place of real character.

Carlton is quite a common village name in the North Riding, there being eight others, so I should use the official name of Carlton-in-Cleveland.

Brian’s Pond

On Bilsdale West Moor, an oasis on a warm spring morning. I often disturb ducks and wild geese here. But not today.

The obvious question: who was Brian? I’ve no idea.

Mount Grace Priory

National Trust volunteers cleaning moss and other plant growth from the ruins of this medieval Carthusian priory which is owned by the Trust but managed by English Heritage.

Mount Grace Priory is unique in that it wasn’t destroyed by the new owner, one James Strangeways, after being sold by the government after the dissolution on the monasteries in 1540. He was only interested in the farmland but maybe another reason is that his parents and grandparents were buried there.

Skelton Beck

Skelton Beck flows down a gorge through Crow Wood and Valley Gardens before joining Saltburn Gill Beck and entering the North Sea. Below the Riftswood viaduct carrying the mineral railway to the potash mine at Boulby the beck flow over the remains of a weir used to provide a head of water to drive the Marske corn mill.

Marske Mill was first documented in use in the mid 17c and last used for milling in the 1920s. The buildings were demolished in 1971.