Brackenberry Wyke and Old Nab

Making sure to be aware of the tides, the trip between Staithes and Port Mulgrave is a good one, unfortunately I forgot the memory card in the camera, so only phone photos this time.
Old Nab has the remains of ‘bord and pillar’ working now clearly visible on the shore

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Along much of the northern part of Brackenberry Wyke exposes the ‘Pecten’ Ironstone seam, with the fossil shells the seam is named after covering the area.

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A large adit into ironstone seams is visible in the cliff at the north end of the Wyke, these workings once extended up to 1km inland although now they are collapsed after a very short distance, the cliff above is also very unstable with stones constantly falling.

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A smaller collapsed adit is visible just a few meters south of the larger one

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Much further to the south, just before the large landslip known as Sheepstones, there is another large adit.

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However this is a good distance up the cliff and its impossible to tell if it travels from any distance, it would seem extremely unlikely given the fragile nature of all the cliffs in this area.

Teesaurus Park

Teesaurus Park is one of those places that many locals don’t even know exists. First opened in 1979 with the Teessaurus a triceratops by Genevieve Glatt, fabricated by Harts of Stockton at a cost of £16,000.

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The two babies and other sculptures were added in 1987.
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The T-Rex
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I think this is a bronotsaurus in the bushes.
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If you want to split hairs the mammoth came about 65 million years after the dinosaurs.

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The cheerful brachiasaurus

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The stegosaurus

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The sculptures were built by workers on the government Youth and Employment Training Scheme, its a shame the council can’t see their way to giving them all a lick of paint a bit more often.

Update : December 2011 – Made some corrections to the chronology of the sculptures, I had previously said the T-Rex was first which is incorrect, Teesaurus came first !

Update : December 2012 -Sadly Teesaurus Park is under threat as its a ‘non-strategic asset’ for the Council. A Facebook group also exists.