Westworth Reservoir was built by the Guisborough Water Company around 1871, it has in recent years been abandoned.
I don’t know the exact date of closure and remodelling, but a 2002 report talks about the cross-section of the dam being left.
The overflow tower is the most striking reminder, along with a stone spillway which is gradually becoming overgrown.
A small building and plinth remain for an “interpretation panel” that clearly never materialised.
Plan of Spa Wood workings under the reservoir (triggered by discussion in the comments)
I’m back, after a few technical gremlins with the site.
An old hand-painted sign for a local surveyors office can be found on the corner of Knights restaurant on Fountain Street
The Tees Link footpath starts/ends here and connects the Cleveland Way with the Teesdale Way
In the stream are the footings for a rail bridge which connected Waterfall Ironstone mine to the branch for Skelton Park and Skelton Shaft mines.
A number of rails presumably originally from the bridge appear to have been reused to strengthen the bank on the right.
I’ve not been able to find out much about this concrete structure on Wileycat Beck
Its been suggested to me it was used to pump water to Guisborough during shortages, although I would be keen to hear any further details anyone may have.
The Slapewath mine was originally started by Thomas Charlton in 1864 via a drift near the village names after him. The shafts date from a later period of around 1880 when the mine was being operated by Samuelson & Co.
The downcast shaft now surrounded by a high wall is 286 feet deep
The upcast / ventilation shaft is located a little to the NW and is of similar depth.
A sizeable heap of spoil is still on the site, which has been cut by a farm track
A ropeway ran south-west from the main site of the Belmont mine to tip shale in the hillside, since the recent harvesting of the trees in this area the base of part of the ropeway can now be seen on the bare hillside.
The second phase of working at Belmont started in 1907-1908 after the original working there ceased around 1886.
Hunters Hill Farm consists of a large range of building which constituted the stables and workshops of the mine, close to the road is a huge concrete wall which one supported one end of the tipping gantry where railway wagons were loaded.
Continuing a short way up the path you first reach the collapsed drift entrance with an electrical sub-station next to it, the remains of ceramic insulators can be seen in its back wall.
A little further up the hill again stands a powder house now filled with earth.
I also noticed that the nearby allotments have a vegetable bed constructed from Pease bricks, although as Pease never ran Belmont they could just be anomalous
Waterfall mine was worked between 1892 and 1901, the ironstone here is very close to the surface and under a layer of sand and clay, the dangerous working conditions gave this mine the nickname “Linger and Die”
The whole site is now obscured by a plantation, although hints of a cutting/drift can be seen towards the east corner where the path of a railway can be seen heading across fields on the aerial photo.
Rock Hole Alum Quarry was started by John Atherton of Skelton Castle in 1604 and was the earliest in the district and the first success works in the whole country.
Despite being idle from hundreds of years, little vegetation ever grows back.