United Kingdom and Ireland - Day 56

 

 

Thursday, 19 October 2017, Norton, Stockton-on-Tees to Middlesbrough, North York Moors, Goathland, Thorton Le Dale, Pickering, York and Redbourne, Gainsbrough

 

What is there to say, rained overnight, overcast with thick fog on the moors then rain all afternoon.

 

Went to see the Middlesbrough Transporter Bridge this morning. I've never seen one of these before. Apparently there are two other similar bridges in the UK. The bridge is 259 metres long with a span of 180 metres and was opened in 1911 and is still in operation, It was built to replace a ferry and to ensure it did not interfere with shipping.The vehicles and passengers are carried in a gondola suspended above the river. The gondola crosses in 90 seconds and it is quick to load and unload.

 

Next we headed south across the North York Moor National Park and like our previous journey across moor country, thick fog was all around us. It did make for some interesting views though. One of those was an eerie standing stone about 100 metres from the road. An unexpected sight.

 

Dropped into a little village in the middle of the moor, Goathland. This village has been used in the scenes of a number of movies and was the village of Aidensfield, in the TV series, "Heartbeat". The village is a tourist attraction and many of the businesses actually still carry the Aidensfield name on the building. The Ford Anglia Police car and an Austin A40 from the series are parked in the street.

 

Down to the edge of the moors and through the village of Thornton Le Dale. The entry to the village runs alongside a small stream and the houses on the other side have either walking or car bridges over the stream and into the rear of the property. From there it was into Pickering for a quick look at the ruins of Pickering Castle. Not much to see though but an interesting display on the formation and building of the castle. Started in 1216 and fortified in 1326, it was largely unaffected by the 15th century wars but still fell into disrepair and collapsed.

 

South to York and the rain started and did not let up for about five hours. That meant we spent 2.5 hours walking around York in the rain. Great experience!. We checked out one of the city wall gates then went to the York Minster. A beautiful Cathedral and a massive building. Near the Cathedral is a statute of Constantine the Great, Emperor of Rome. Apparently he was pronounced Emperor near the site in 306. Last stop was the Clifford Tower, once part of a much larger castle complex. The Tower was central to the operation of the castle and government and is built on top of a high mound of soil. Once you climb the stairs to the tower, then climb the wet sandstone circular steps to the battlements of the tower, you get some wonderful views of the city of York. Well, you would if there was no fog or rain.

 

South to near Gainsbrough for the night and it finally stopped raining as we arrived.

 

Tomorrow we head for Robin Hood territory.

 

 

  • Middlesbrough Transporter Bridge Middlesbrough Transporter Bridge
  • The Gondola of the Middlesbrough Transporter Bridge The Gondola of the Middlesbrough Transporter Bridge
  • Fog over the North York Moors National Park Fog over the North York Moors National Park
  • A Standing Stone on the Moor appeared through the fog A Standing Stone on the Moor appeared through the fog
  • The Goathland Hotel, Goathland; The Aidensfield Arms in the village of Aidensfield in the TV series "Heartbeat" The Goathland Hotel, Goathland; The Aidensfield Arms in the village of Aidensfield in the TV series "Heartbeat"
  • Scripp's Aidensfield Garage and Funeral Services Scripp's Aidensfield Garage and Funeral Services
  • Goathland village shops Goathland village shops
  • The Heartbeat Police Ford Anglia The Heartbeat Police Ford Anglia
  • The Aidensfield Store and two of the cars from the series The Aidensfield Store and two of the cars from the series
  • We've seen these quite often; You never see them in Australia anymore We've seen these quite often; You never see them in Australia anymore
  • Fog over the North York Moors National Park Fog over the North York Moors National Park
  • Fog over the North York Moors National Park Fog over the North York Moors National Park
  • Thornton Beck, the stream at the entrance to the village of Thornton Le Dale, each house has a bridge to the back door Thornton Beck, the stream at the entrance to the village of Thornton Le Dale, each house has a bridge to the back door
  • Thornton Beck, the stream at the entrance to the village of Thornton Le Dale Thornton Beck, the stream at the entrance to the village of Thornton Le Dale
  • Pickering Castle, Pickering Pickering Castle, Pickering
  • The Chapel, built around 1227, in Pickering Castle, Pickering The Chapel, built around 1227, in Pickering Castle, Pickering
  • The Market Cross in Pickering, in the centre of the village in a relaxing garden setting The Market Cross in Pickering, in the centre of the village in a relaxing garden setting
  • The Gate to the city of York. The Portcullis is still in place The Gate to the city of York. The Portcullis is still in place
  • York Minster, York York Minster, York
  • Statue of the Roman Emperor,Constantine the Great; pronounced Emperor of Rome near this site in 306. Statue of the Roman Emperor,Constantine the Great; pronounced Emperor of Rome near this site in 306.
  • Clifford's Tower, York; Built in the 13th Century and part of a much larger castle complex Clifford's Tower, York; Built in the 13th Century and part of a much larger castle complex
  • Inside the empty shell of the tower, the wooden floors were destroyed in a fire Inside the empty shell of the tower, the wooden floors were destroyed in a fire
  • York from the top of the tower. York from the top of the tower.
     

 

 

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