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2a. Walking in Bransdale (1)

see also 2b. More pictures of Bransdale (2)


Part 1 Walking around the eastern side to the northern end and up to Cockayne Ridge

Ousgill Bridge in the south-west of Bransdale.

 

 

Just checking the OS map! The footpath sign points to the right and the path heads east to the track on Rudland Rigg.

 

The 'stub' of Cockam Cross (Cockan Cross, medieval cross?) on Rudland Rigg that separates Bransdale from Farndale.

 

 Also the prehistoric Cammon Stone (bronze age) at the north western end of Rudland Rigg. The Cammon Stone has another large megalithic stone slab lying by it. Three more pictures of the Cammon standing stone are shown below.

 

Bloworth Wood.

 

Cockayne Ridge and its Scots Pine trees.

 

Cockayne Ridge has quite an atmosphere about it as well as a bronze age tumulus.

 

The Scots Pine of Cockayne Ridge, below lies Bransdale.

 

Northern Bransdale.

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Typical barn, arched entrance and external stone stairs.


Part 2 Walking around the lower parts of upper Bransdale

 

A sun-dial inscribed with the words ...

 

... Time and life is over swiftly

 

Bransdale Mill

 

The beautifully triple arched barn of Bransdale Mill

 

The whole building complex has been faithfully restored and serves as a YHA Youth Hostel bunkhouse.

 

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Bransdale Mill (more pictures of the mill race further down).

 

Bransdale Lodge is on the lower left slope of Bransdale Moor.

 

In the distance Smout House, a National Trust property, much of the surrounding estate is managed by the National Trust.

 

Breck House? on the left.

 

The old medieval? road down from Cow Syke to Bransdale Mill

 

The mill road, looking up to Cow Syke.

 

Looking north towards Cockayne.

 

Lots of grass and lots of lambs!

 

 

On returning to Bransdale Mill we noticed the stone lined sides of the mill race, channelling into the mill complex and traces of the channels extending quite a few metres north of the mill.

An inscription on the side of the mill ...?

 

Bransdale Lodge up on the left in the trees.

 

Cockayne Ridge - you can just see the Scots Pines dead centre!

 

Daffodils are plentiful. The plant on the right is Lysichiton americanus (or ' Yellow Skunk Cabbage') and thanks to a certain Jon Lovett for supplying the name of this plant.

 

The nice little church of St Nicholas, Bransdale, in Cockayne.

 

St Nicholas was built ~1800, remodelled in 1886? (Pevsner)

The old font, is it from the demolished medieval church that once stood in Bransdale.

 

St Nicholas Churchyard ...

 

.... with magnificent views all round.

 

Colt House Farm?

There are lots of good routes to walk in the lovely rural landscape of Bransdale and the wilder higher regions of Rudland Rigg and Cockayne Ridge on Bransdale Moor

 


A walk up from the road down to Cockayne over the moor to Stump Cross and exploring Bilsdale East Moor

 

Stump Cross on the track that heads from Bransdale over to Slape Wath Moor

 

Stump Cross, a bit of a 'stump' left in its base.

 

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The track heading south from Stump Cross

 

A parish? boundary stone, K for Kirkbymoorside and H for Helmsley.

 

The area marked as 'Botany Bay' on the OS Map.

 

The wall of an enclosure on Bilsdale East Moor

 

Only a few trees survive high on the moors

 

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Looking down the road, north, towards Cockayne in Bransdale

 

In the distance, the trees of Cockayne Ridge

 

see also 2b. More pictures of Bransdale (2)

 

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