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12. The Goathland and Grosmont Area - Bridestones, Roman road, mining the Whinstone Ridge (Dyke) and old railway incline


12a. The High Bride Stones and Low Bride Stones on Sleights Moor

These two groups of 'Bride Stones' lie about 2 km EES of Grosmont and can be accessed from the minor road that climbs EES out of Grosmont to meet up with the A169 main road from Sleights to Pickering over Fylingdale Moor.

The land is quite wild in this area above the 'Bride Stones'.

 

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An old sheep bield (marked on OS map) on Sheep House Rigg.

 

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The prehistoric 'High Bride Stones', (OS grid 850046) are megalithic standing stones on the right hand side of the road above Grosmont which leads on to the A169 Whitby-Pickering and Goathland Roads and they lie on the flat topped Sleights Moor. The few remaining stones are starkly impressive on the bleak moorland, especially as they seem to lean at a precarious angle!

These prehistoric High and Low Bride Stones south of Grosmont, are NOT to be confused with the natural High and Low Bride Stones north of Pickering in Dovedale near Dalby Forest.

Not sure why they are called The High Bride Stones, age?

What purpose did they serve? Who built these stone alignments?

 

This picture you some idea of the scale of the standing stones

 

They are surrounded by the beautiful upper wild moorland of the North Yorkshire Moors.

 

 

 

Some of the standing stones are now lying in recumbent position

 


There is a 2nd lot of smaller, but much more numerous standing stones, lower down in the Grosmont direction near Black Brow, not as prominent - you have to search around for the 'Low Bride Stones'. They stand just northwest of the 'High Bride Stones' described above.

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12b. The Roman Road on Wheeldale Moor

 

The origin of this 'supposed' Roman Road' on Wheeldale Moor, is somewhat obscure and subject to much debate.

 

Whatever, its clearly been a well built road in the past.

 

You can see what seem to be kerb stones on the two edges of the road.

 

BUT, apparently it doesn't completely conform to a Roman constructed road?


12c The Original Whitby - Goathland Railway of the 1830's

The original railway tunnel at Grosmont.

The original tunnel at Grosmont for the Whitby-Pickering horse drawn railway coaches.

 

The ex railway cottage at the foot of the incline from Beckhole to Goathland which was part of the first Whitby to Pickering railway.

 

The inline is now part of the railway heritage walk from Grosmont to Goathland

 

The old disused railway bridge at Moorgates south of Goathland

 

What the original track looked like!


12d. Mining the Whinstone above Goathland

This is an extraordinary industrial archaeological feature on the North York Moors

There is a huge 'gash' down the moorland landscape where the hard rock of the Whinstone Dyke was quarried out via a deep trench. The series of photographs below follow what you see as you walk downhill in a northwest direction from the road down to Goathland just south of Breckon Beacon until you reach Arundell Hill.

 

Geologically what you see is a mined section of the Cleveland Dyke.

 

The band of very hard rock was famous for making cobblestones.

 

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After exploring the Whinstone Ridge, we walked around to look at the 'Bride Stone' described at the top of the page and the only company was a small herd of sheep.

 

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12e. Breckon Howe above Goathland

Breckon Howe is a bronze age burial mound (round barrow) a few km northeast of Goathland on the highest point of the moors around and quite visible from the A169 road..

 

On top of Breckon Howe is a boundary stone.

 

The boundary stone on top of Breckon Howe.

 

A curiously carved stone on top of the boundary stone on top of Breckon Howe!

 

 

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