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15. A circular walk from Slingsby via Hovingham

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You go left down the side of Slingsby Church, across from the ruins of Slingsby Castle.

 

You follow the course of the railway line, a section of which, ran from Slingsby to Hovingham.

 

Hovingham coming into sight.

 

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Entering the attractive Hovingham Village.

 

 

 

 

Some fine stone houses in Hovingham.

 

Walking up out of Hovingham heading due south onto the ridge passing through South Wood and Lodge Hag.

 

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A few wild flowers about.

 

The depression in the middle of the foreground is an iron-age earthwork ditch just north of Hollin Hill Plantation.

 

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Looking down Fryton Lane towards the tiny hamlet of Fryton.

 

Lots of bluebells in the woods on the ridge.

 

Slingsby in the distance - you can just make out the ruins of Slingsby Castle.

 

A bit of archaeology: On the south side of the ridge there is another, even longer, iron-age earthwork - a very long shallow ditch, that would have been much deeper when first excavated. It runs from Fryton West Wood through Fryton East Wood and continues on Slingsby Banks Wood and beyond eastwards!

 

A better view of the ditch earthwork.

 

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Heading down to Slingsby from the Firth Wood.

 

Comparing soils: Above - very stony, below - much more ploughed and composted - darker and less stony.

 

The ruins of Slingsby Castle with some of the original earthworks of the moat still visible on the left.

 

The moat earthworks.

 

The sad neglected ruins of Slingsby Castle.

 

The ruins of the house built around 1620, which was more a late Elizabethan designed house than a castle.

 

All Saints Church, Church Lane, Slingsby - built in 1869 by Austin & Johnson of Newcastle in the Perpendicular style of architecture and in plan and details very much like its medieval predecessor church.

 

The nave and aisle arches of Slingsby Church of All Saints in the style of ~1200 and the 'Decorated' style of the east window.

 

A miscellany of stonework and nice cheap stained glass window using coloured plastic sheets - good idea for 'kids' to do! On the bottom left is a 14th century stone effigy of an early 14th century knight with crossed legs holding his heart in his praying hands.

 

Slingsby Village, North Yorkshire, Northern England: Slingsby village is a small quiet hamlet of stone houses well served by The Grapes pub. The pub itself is a fine building of traditional stone and the, albeit much rebuilt, medieval parish church in Church Street is an attractive site, and close to the derelict ruins of a 17th century 'manor house'.

 

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