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The House Of The Importance Of The North York Moors

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This section is probably the most demanding part of the Way, it traverses the northern escarpment of the North York Moors, crossing a series of valley’s which drain the moorland pastures. On a clear day, the scenery is beautiful and invigorating, but there are few places to shelter if the weather turns foul. Lord Stones Country Park is the only watering hole, en route, so take sufficient rations. Our journey resumes from the market cross, and within a few minutes, we have two optional detours to consider, one to Lady Chapel and another to Mount Grace Priory. Both will incur extra time and distance. The Priory, founded in 1398 by Thomas de Holand, the nephew of Richard II, bears the illustrious title of ‘The House of the Assumption of the…show more content…
However, glaciers flowed on either side of the higher land masses and also crept into Scugdale, as the ice melted a glacial lake formed. The lake, about 400 feet (122m) deep and 800 feet (244m) above sea level, over­flowed at Scarth Nick cutting a distinct V-shaped valley, a landmark which is visible for many miles to the north. We continue along the Way to Huthwaite Green, ascend onto Live Moor and follow the ridge to the summit of Carlton Moor. Here splendid views extend across the Cleveland Plain to the Eston Hills, Easby Moor and the shapely pinnacle of Roseberry Topping. After descending to the road, you may wish to take a pit stop at Lord Stones to recharge the batteries! The next objective is Cringle Moor we follow a good path, ascending steeply to Cringle End where a memorial seat and topograph pay tribute to ‘Alec Falconer 1884-1968, Rambler’, pause here and enjoy the spectacular views. The topograph will help to identify the distant hills, including Great Shunner Fell in Swaledale, Cross Fell the highest summit in the Pennines, and even Durham Cathedral is discernible on a brilliant day. At 1427 feet (435m), Cringle Moor is the second highest point on the North York Moors, although we pass just below the crest there is a narrow track rising through the heather. The summit is marked by a cairn sited on the tumulus of Drake Howe. The name is a combination of the old English ‘draca’ – ‘dragon’ and the old Norse
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