6 May 2007
Our final walk of the weekend in Yorkshire was to the third Marilyn of the North
York Moors, Gisborough Moor, which appears to be so spelt despite being just
Walking onto Gisborough Moor from near Commondale
The public footpath across Gisborough Moor. It sometimes ran within a couple of
metres of the vehicle tracks, but with estate managers driving about in Land
Rovers and repeated warnings about dogs being banned, we stuck to the public
George investigates a rather odd shack.
A war memorial sits in the middle of the path, apparently in the middle of
This is the closest the public footpath reaches to the summit tumulus. With Land
Rovers continuing to buzz about, I tied George to a "no dogs" sign and strode to
From the summit, a view eastwards to the sea.
The summit shelter on the tumulus
George loyally waiting for me to come back.
An interesting feature of all three walks on the Moors has been the profusion of
these stone boundary posts, which are everywhere.
George waits on a little bridge as we descend back to the car
When we arrived, the area around the trees was full of about a dozen cars, and
we joined two others on the right - an hour an a half later, and only the three
other cars remain. Back at the car, I was just putting things away when I heard
a whistle. A train! I realised that we were parked just above the railway.
Here it is.
This is one of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway's specials along the Esk Valley
line to Battersby Junction. We jumped into the car and gave chase.
But the train was much faster than the car, and it reached Battersby before us.
Here at the Battersby level crossing, it is on its way back to Grosmont.
It was going quite a pace considering it had only just set off from the station
- being a Network Rail line, the line speed is rather higher than the preserved
railway, which probably gives the locomotive a better chance to show its
abilities. But a fun and unexpected end to the day and the holiday.