High Bousdale Wood

The moon goddess was laughing at me last night. After shrouding herself in cloud the night before for the supermoon, last night was cloudless. But I was taking part in a night orienteering type of exercise and as I was in “racing mode” I took no camera and certainly no tripod. The moonlight was so good that I could often turn my headtorch off.

So today control collecting duties took me back into Hutton Woods in full autumnal colours, not noticeable last night in the dark.

Young Beech Tree

I found myself in Nottinghamshire today, Robin Hood country.The young scion was running in the English National Cross Country Relay Championship. It meant a wet and windy pre-dawn run up Roseberry with the dog, not many photography opportunities. Berry Hill park, Mansfield, turned out to be remarkably dry, with sandy soil and a lovely bit of open woodland, not a bramble or bracken in sight.

Back home the intention was to play with capturing the fireworks at the village bonfire night but health and safety decreed a postponement because of high winds.

Aerial Ropeway Bases, Cliff Rigg Wood

Among the leaf litter of beech trees, two concrete bases that supported one of the steel towers for an aerial ropeway that ran from Ayton Bank Ironstone Mine to sidings at the west end of Cliff Ridge where the ore was loaded into railway trucks. There is actually a third base which has been buried by the slope. The holding down bolt can just be seen poking out of the leaf litter (a bit of a trip hazard).

The mine and ropeway was operated by the Tees Furnace Company which also operated the Roseberry Ironstone Mine. The ropeway was short lived, in use from 1913 to 1921. it was built by the Aerial Ropeways Ltd. of London. In the booklet “Mineral Tramways of Great Ayton” by R. Pepper and R. J. Stewart, 1994, (which is still available on Amazon) there is a advertisement photo from 1920 which is believed to be of the Ayton ropeway. Unfortunately I can not find a copy on line.