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The Yorkshire coast and the Cleveland hills and dales

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Pages: 208

Book format: An electronic version of a printed book that can be read on a computer or handheld device designed specifically for this purpose.

Publisher: Date:8/5/2009 - General Books LLC

By: John Leyland

Excerpt from book: CHAPTER III. THE COAST REGION FROM SALTBURN TO WHITBV. Huntcliff—The Kilton Beck—Kilton Castle—Freeborough Hill— Liverton—Handale and Lofthouse—The ' Loathly Worm'— Boulby Cliff—Staithes—The Geological Fault—Character of the Place—Captain Cook—The Easington and Roxby Becks— The Beowulf Saga—Runswick Bay—Folk- Lore —Kettleness— Sandsend—Mulgrave Castle and Woods—Dunsley Bay. It is, as we have said, a fascinating walk at low water for the geologist, and the lover of rugged rock and salt sea (the wayfarer being first satisfied as to the safety of his journey), from Saltburn to Skinningrove, along the talus of the lias cliff, with its water-worn boulders, and still brown pools in the weedy rock, where are anemones, starfish, urchins, and many other things of the sea: but the journey may be made also by a breezy walk along the cliffs. On the right rises the dome-like form of Warsett Hill, with the village of Brotton, remarkable for nothing save its beautiful and extensive views: and that here, as elsewhere in many places in Cleveland, its ancient church has been replaced by one of no interest whatever. A descent to the course of a wooded rill, and a climb over the end ofSkinningrove Ridge, brings the wayfarer to the village, which is chiefly dependent upon the neighbouring ironstone quarrying. Skinningrove lies at the foot of one of the sylvan glens of the Yorkshire coast—that of the Kilton Beck—whereof the deep wooded character can be seen well by travellers on the coast railway, which crosses it diagonally on a lofty viaduct about a mile inland. The wanderer in the glen — and there are many paths through its woods — may hear the beck rolling over its stony bed, as he goes forward mid the trees and by gray scars, whereon ivy and lichens cling: and when the sun shines athwart ...  

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