Greenhow Botton

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.

Greenhow Botton Map

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Bridle Gill Lane

Named as Bridle Gill Road on old Ordnance Survey maps this track between Newton-under-Roseberry and the col on Roseberry Common is in a deep gulley eroded by centuries of use. The erosion could have been substantially caused by the sledges used haul down building stone from sandstone quarries high around the escarpment of the moor. Sledging the stone down was easier to control than wheeled carts. Sledges would also have been used to transport down peat and heather from the moor. Peat was used for fuel and heather for thatching and bedding.

Foxgloves are a pretty plant that have come into bloom in the last week or so. These flowers were buzzing with bees too fast for me to take a photo. The plant has been traditionally used in herbal medicine and the modern drug digitalin is extracted from foxgloves. It is used in the treatment of heart conditions.

Link to map.