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17. A Three Crosses circular walk (White, Job and Siss) via Castleton and Danby

White Cross

You can walk up the Castleton to Lockwood Beck Road (which eventually joins the A171 Whitby-Guisborough road) to White Cross at the T junction with the road up from Commondale (in the background). The base may be medieval and the remaining shaft 'dressed' 18th century stonework, but some consider both pieces relatively modern? On two sides of the shaft is a carved cross (date?). Several paved pannier ways or stone trods lead from it to Castleton, Commondale, Guisborough.

 

White Cross

You can then follow the track eastwards from White Cross. The 'peak' of Freebrough Hill is just visible on the right.

 

Job Cross

A few hundred metres along on the left, and easily missed is Job Cross, which does not appear to be near any track or road these days. Possibly where a track from Moorsholm to Castleton crossed the old west road, part of the Siss Cross Road.

 

The old trig point on Siss Cross Hill, the highest point on Danby Low Moor

Continuing eastwards and then heading south-east you can find the old trig point on Siss Cross Hill, the highest point on the northern extremity of Danby Low Moor, here looking towards the coast and Freebrough Hill (in the distance, just to the left of the trig point).

 

The old trig point on Siss Cross Hill, the highest point on Danby Low Moor

Looking from the trig point over the huge expanse of moorland towards Fryup Dale and Danby Dale.

 

The site of Siss Cross

Wandering down further in a south easterly direction you find the remains (maybe?) of Siss Cross, looking south towards Fryup Dale and Danby Dale. Some consider no remains of the medieval cross and a stone erected to mark its undisputed position.

 

The site of Siss Cross

Siss cross, looking eastwards towards the 'peak' of Danby Beacon (top left), which in fact is a bronze/iron? age burial mound or tumulus (you can just make it out!). You can then follow the Siss Cross 'Road' - path! down to Rosedale Intake at the top end of Danby.

 

Possibly a prehistoric standing stone near Rosedale Intake Possibly a prehistoric standing stone near Rosedale Intake

After descending south to the top end of Danby, a small diversion off the path - believed to be a prehistoric standing stone, found by Peter Woods and re-erected on his land near Rosedale Intake en route for Castleton-Danby Park wood.

 

Castleton on the ridge, viewed from the Castleton-Danby path through Park Wood.

Castleton on the ridge, viewed from the Castleton-Danby path through Park Wood.

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