Simon Howe

Walking with a Smacked Pentax

For a few days this week I have been near the North Yorkshire Moors. This huge area is about 50 miles from where I live, and I wanted to explore them as much as I can, ferriting out their secrets. I am not really interested in the general guide books – but prefer the more obscure places.

I had uncovered a reference to a Bronze Age barrow cemetery in the middle of Fylingdales moor and decided to pay it a visit.

Walking over the paths and dips, following a small stream alongside the bracken, I soon came across some gamekeepers burning the moor. This is done to burn off the dead bracken and heather and encourage new shoots for the game birds which inhabit the moors.

After a mile or so the going got very boggy, and some ‘advanced map reading’ took me around the worst bits, and eventually back…

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