Wilton Woods, Auxiliary Unit OB

The Auxiliary Units were to be Britains own resistance should a German invasion have been successful.

Their existance was top secret and only acknowledged by the government in the 1990s.

Little remains of this local “OB” or Operational Base except a few depressions in the ground which become covered in wild garlic most of the year,

Wilton Woods Auxiliary Unit OB 5 Wilton Woods Auxiliary Unit OB 4 Wilton Woods Auxiliary Unit OB 3 Wilton Woods Auxiliary Unit OB 1

There is an excellent diagram by David Waller that lets you relate to what’s still visible.


Its most easily located by walking to the end of the promentary above where two stream meet.


Kettleness Ironstone Drift

Despite being on the same level as Cat Beck trial and only about 500m away getting to this one is a real challenge, it opens out below the edge of the cliffs, a climb down would be very risky and the climb from below is challenging and covered in brambles already, later in the year gardening gloves and very thick trousers would be in order.

The difficulty of access is reflected in there being only empty beercan in the drift (regulars of this sort of thing will know you cannot usually move for them)
The drift goes into the cliff before reaching a T-junction perhaps 25m in.

Kettleness Ironstone Drift Kettleness Ironstone Drift

To the right there is fair bit of collapsed roof which quickly leads to what looks like a purposefully filled face, the abandonment plan for this mine show the major continuation of the mine back towards the inland shaft to be in this direction

Kettleness Ironstone Drift Kettleness Ironstone Drift

Turning around and going back to the left at the T-junction there is a much longer section of drift, which has a slight dog-leg

Kettleness Ironstone Drift Kettleness Ironstone Drift

It continues for about the same distance again after the dog-leg at which point there are some pretty large roof-falls after which the tunnel looks to come to an end (although I didn’t fancy climbing over as there were large cracks in the ceiling)
Kettleness Ironstone Drift  Kettleness Ironstone Drift

Here are a couple of photos from the entrance.

View from entrance of Kettleness Ironstone Drift View from entrance of Kettleness Ironstone Drift

Cat Beck Ironstone Trial Drift

The entrance to the Cat Beck trial drift can be seen from the Cleveland Way.

Cat Beck Entrance

Upon entering the drifts are flooded to above wellington height.

Heading to the North West is a small drift less than 10m long

Cat Beck Ironstone Drift

Another drift of a similar length runs off West

Cat Beck Ironstone Drift

A much more sizeable drift perhaps 40m runs off to the South West, although we were unable to explore due to the depth of water

Cat Beck Ironstone Drift

Huntcliffe Ironstone Mine Guibal Fanhouse

The loading ramp for the Huntcliffe mine borders the railway line which still runs to Boulby Potash mine. 

Huntcliffe Mine Unloading Ramp and Fanhouse Huntcliffe Mine Unloading Ramp

Just to the south of the ramp are the foundation of an engine house used for haulage.

Huntcliffe Mine Engine Foundations Huntcliffe Mine Engine Foundations

The fanhouse itself is on the opposite side of the railway.

Huntcliffe Mine Guibal Fanhouse Huntcliffe Mine Guibal Fanhouse

Huntcliffe Mine Guibal Fanhouse Huntcliffe Mine Guibal Fanhouse

In the field on the landward side is a small area of collapsed tunnel which allows access to the base of the shaft inside the building.

Huntcliffe Mine Guibal Fanhouse Tunnel Huntcliffe Mine Guibal Fanhouse Tunnel

  Huntcliffe Mine Guibal Fanhouse Tunnel Huntcliffe Mine Guibal Fanhouse Tunnel

Heres the same shaft seen from inside

Huntcliffe Mine Guibal Fanhouse Shaft 

A large void remains in the middle of the structure where the fan was once located.

Huntcliffe Mine Guibal Fanhouse Huntcliffe Mine Guibal Fanhouse

In the bottom of the pit is a doorway and a view up the chimney.

Huntcliffe Mine Guibal Fanhouse Huntcliffe Mine Guibal Fanhouse 

However much time you spend here, its hard to escape the prying eyes.

Huntcliffe Mine Guibal Fanhouse 

Huntcliff Sculptures

There are three sculptures by Richard Farrington at the top of Huntcliff, erected in 1990 as part of the Common Ground’s ‘New Milestones’ project.
The first is based on a Trawl Door with a large fish and plankton
Trawl Door Sculpture, Huntcliff Trawl Door Sculpture, Huntcliff

The second Pillar is a ridged marker post, supporting a chain of four metal sculptures

Marker Post Sculpture, Huntcliff Marker Post Sculpture, Huntcliff
The third and most well known is the Circle or Charm Bracelet represent aspects of local life, the original ended up vandalised and at the bottom of Huntcliff in 1996.
Circle Sculpture, Huntcliff, Charm Bracelet