18 June 2017

Mountaineering

Roseberry Topping, North Yorkshire
Oh dear - I didn't get round to blogging yesterday. After our delightful three night stay on Coral Street in Saltburn-by-the-Sea, we headed southwards. Soon we took a detour towards Great Ayton which was the boyhood home of Captain James Cook but before we got there we pulled into the car park at Newton-under-Roseberry so that I could climb up Roseberry Topping.

It was already hot and sunny by nine thirty in the morning. Shirley didn't fancy the challenge so she headed into Great Ayton while I donned my boots and set off despite my dodgy knee. It has been holding up well of late.
View from the summit to Newton under Roseberry
I huffed and puffed up to the top of the hill. It took me about forty minutes and by the time I got there I was sweating like a Roman Catholic priest at a youth club. The route was quite steep with rough and irregular stone steps that challenged my knee but just like Edmund Hillary and Norgay Tenzing in 1953 I made it to the top.
Marcus with his three sons and dog
At the summit I met three young brothers from Middlesbrough. Their names were Thomas, Daniel and Harry. Their dad was called Marcus and their little black dog was called Bobby They were delightful boys - happy to chat and a credit to their parents. Most of the way down little Harry, who was only four, held my hand.

And then it was back home. Driving across Yorkshire is to the English what driving across Texas is to our American cousins. The only differences are we don't have gun-toting cowboys or restaurants that sell massive barbecued beef steaks and we don't say "Howdy!" - we say "Alright?"
The triangulation pillar on Roseberry Topping

32 comments:

  1. Roseberry Topping sounds like something that would taste delicious on cheesecake. Or regular cake, for that matter. I always delight in the names of places you show here, YP.

    How sweet that the little fellow felt comfortable holding your hand for the hike down! I love it when a little one feels comfortable with me and will accept a helping hand.

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    1. Mmmm... a dollop of sponge cake smothered with Roseberry Topping! Delicious!

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    1. Quote: "sweating like a Roman Catholic priest at a youth club" - end Quote. I love it!

      Thanks for the laugh!:)

      It appears you've had a wonderful few days...thanks for sharing.

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    2. Glad you spotted that one Lee! Who would swear more apart from an Australian cricketer playing against Yorkshire?

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    3. Me, probably! :)

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  3. 40 minutes to the top! How about a full day to get to the top? There are two mountains I had my classes climb each term. They both took about 4 hours. I would have to work out and get in shape to climb those mountains now.

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    1. You could hire a helicopter to lift you to the top.

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    2. Oh no! that would take away all the fun. I did land on a ship deck with a helicopter.

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  4. Roseberry Topping definitely sounds like something I would eat.

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    1. You are the kind of woman who would eat a beef wellington!

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  5. Roseberry topping - something you might put on ice cream.

    It looks like a pleasant walk, even if it is steepish and then there is the reward of that great view at the top!

    Good on Marcus for taking his boys out walking, it's a great idea introducing your children to the great outdoors at an early age.

    Alphie

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    1. He wasn't a wealthy man. He came from social housing in the suburbs of Middlesbrough. His wife was away in Edinburgh for the weekend on a hen night.

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  6. Roseberry Topping rhere. Amhannsuidhe here. We might as well be in a foreign country. I am glad that your knee held up for you. It rained here all day.

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    1. Amhuinnsuidhe Castle was built in 1865 for Charles Murray, 7th Earl of Dunmore. The castle, as the North Harris Estate, remained in private ownership until 2003.

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  7. This land of ours is so beautiful isn't it? and I'm impressed you persevered with the climb.

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    1. I'm feeling the knee joint on Sunday morning but a few weeks ago I couldn't have possibly attempted that climb.

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  8. Yp - you say "American cousins" as if we should be grateful for that. The truth is that we speak the same language as them, but that is all we have in common. They treat their President (the one that got most votes) abysmally. They don't know about Europe and are only concerned about themselves. ๐Ÿ™€They have no respect for anyone who isn't American and I'm glad that I'm not one of them. Pander to them as much as you want.

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    1. I have visited America more than a dozen times Terry. I like it over there and on the whole I like Americans. However, just as in England there is a lot of variety in the populace. Some are free-thinking rebels and some are God-fearing rednecks. Some worship material goods and some strive to live in harmony with Nature. When I think of it there is no single definition of an American. I have met some lovely people there and a few assholes too.

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    2. ๐Ÿ™„ endearing yourself to them is all very well, but if you loved them as much as you say you do how is it that you live in a gun-free society like Yorkshire? Americans love guns and killing people. And invading countries. For the time being that is all I have to say, except "howdy!"

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    3. Well if you have no more to say on this topic then neither do I Terry... except God Bless...Yorkshire!

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    4. Wow. I can't imagine being so bitter that I would demonize all the people of a country based on....what? Some warped ideas obviously picked up from television? I would never generalize about, say, the British based on the behavior of a jerk like Treey.

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    5. Also, to correct your ignorant opinion....our president didn't get "the most votes" because Clinton won the popular vote easily. It was the Electoral College that gave Trump the presidency. Get your facts straight.

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    6. Dear Jennifer, I apologise for saying the things I did

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    7. I accept your apology, and apologize for my rude replies. The comments hit a nerve.

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  9. Great that Marcus took the boys to such a place and great that you bothered to chat and be-friend them - many wouldn't. As for the "alright", down here in the South, we end any conversation with the awful "see yer later".

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    1. In Guisborough market place, I heard a man say this to his old friend as they broke their conversation, "See you before too long bonny lad!"...But don't worry I will not be calling you "bonny lad" Derek!

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    2. I'm happy with anything that sounds young YP.

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  10. I am ashamed to say that I have never been to the top of Roseberry Topping although I have passed it many times.

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    1. Do you think you could still manage it Mrs Weaver?

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  11. "Roseberry Topping" would be a great name for a Yorkshire drag queen.

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    1. And for a punch in an American librarian's face!

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