Roseberry Well

The exact location of this spring high on the summit of Roseberry Topping and intrigued me for years. It’s marked on the Ordnance Survey map as very near the rock outcrop on the bottom right of the photo. Yet it’s barely damp and hardly the spring where the young Prince Oswy drowned having been taken to the highest hill in the kingdom by his mother to escape a prophecy that he would drown on his second birthday. But I guess the mining activities and rockfalls could have altered the water table.

Below is Roseberry Common with Guisborough in the distance.


Buxton Well Dressing – St. Ann’s Well

The last day of my assignment in Buxton and the last day of the town’s well dressing festival.

Well dressing is a traditional summer festival in the limestone country of the Derbyshire dales and most probably has pagan origins. Buxton is well known as a spa time (the Roman name for it was Aquae Arnemetiae which translates as the spa of the goddess of the grove) and its waters are said to have great medicinal powers including the relief of haemorrhoids, gout and menstruation.

St. Ann’s Well is located in the centre of Buxton and has been impressively decorated using thousands of flower petals inside a wood frame which has been placed in front of and hiding the stone carved drinking fountain; the continuous spout of water being diverted for the occasion. The water is sold as Buxton Water by Nestlé.

So if you suffer from haemorrhoids or just want to try the taste of Buxton water, pop down to your local Tesco and hand over your £1 and you can buy a bottle of the stuff.

Source of the Leven

Went searching for the spring marked on the OS map as the Source of the Leven on Warren Moor. This is the highest point water was flowing. Behind me was 50m of bog. The River Leven flows through the villages of Great Ayton, Stokesley and Hutton Rudby before discharging into the Tees just downstream of Yarm.