Sustrans Heritage Walks 2014

I’ve linked to a few of the sites covered, heres the full details

Skelton High Street West (led by Peter Appleton)
When: Wednesday 16th July
Start: 10:30am, outside Skelton Library
Length: 2.5 hours
Skelton High Street divides naturally into an eastern half and a western half at Coniston Road. This walk explores the heritage to be found in the western half on a gentle stroll to the old church tucked away on the edge of the Castle grounds

Panniermans Causeway (led by Marshall Best)
When: Wednesday 23rd July
Start: 10:30am, Loftus Square, outside the Co-op
Length: 4 hours
Panniermen transported coal and wool, along the long trod (flagged paths) from Loftus. This walk is a charming look at these effective transport links.

Obscure Guisborough Railways (led by George Featherston)
When: Wednesday 13th August
Start: 10:30am, Guisborough Forest & Walkway Centre
Length: 5 hours
The Guisborough valley once had two main railway lines and several branches. We’ll explore them and their often swashbuckling history while we enjoy the fine countryside and wildlife.

Scaling Dam & Radar Station (led by Marshall Best)
When: Wednesday 20th August
Start: 10:30am, Scaling Dam Sailing club car park, TS13 4TP
Length: 4 hours
Examining the former site of the RAF Danby Beacon, including the plaque commemorating the date the first enemy aircraft was shot down in Britain in WW2, after being detected by radar at Danby Beacon.

Ironstone Mining Heritage 2 (led by John Roberts)
When: Wednesday 17th September
Start: 10:30am, Bank Top Car Park, Staithes
Length: 3.5 hours
Looking at the Grinkle and Boulby mines, this walk will also reference the active potash mine in Boulby. This walk is entirely within the North York Moors National Park.

Two Mines Circular (led by Peter Appleton)
When: Wednesday 24th September
Start: 10:30am, outside Skelton Library
Length: 4 hours
This walk takes us up the Cleveland Way towards Skelton Green before heading off down Trout Hall Lane past Skelton’s coal mine. We then continue to North Skelton, site of the last ironstone mine to operate in Cleveland (which closed 50 years ago this year!). After a picnic lunch we continue to the site of Longacres ironstone mine before heading back to the library.

Hinderwell ROC Post – Back to where it all began.

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In May 2002 I was fortunate enough to visit this post when it was dry and completely intact, there were maps on the walls, magazines in the drawers and even a message left by the last watch. Before I could return and take photographs the entrance was filled with soil and access was lost. Luckily Nick Catford managed to get photos around that time.
I always regretted the missed opportunity and not having recorded it when I had the chance, so those events were in my mind when I came to start up this website.
However after a lost decade the site is once again open.
Hinderwell ROC Bunker
Sadly due to the lid being thrown down the hole, water is getting in its in poor condition.
Hinderwell ROC Bunker
This metal plate was where the ‘Bomb Power Indicator’ was mounted.
Hinderwell ROC Bunker
The air vent has taken a lot of abuse, being nearly smashed to pieces.
Hinderwell ROC Bunker
Inside the entrance is now half-filled with soil
Hinderwell ROC Bunker
The contents of the post is generally trashed and all the papers and maps gone.
Hinderwell ROC Bunker
A couple of nice features still remain, such as a hand-written note about sounding the siren, protected from damp by glass.
Hinderwell ROC Bunker
The back of the door also has a notice of the post name and number still attached.

Anti-tank Defences – Millclose Howle, Redcar

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Coastal erosion has recently revealed what I believe are the foundations of WW2 anti-tank cubes at Millclose Howle, they were not visible on the current Google Earth images.
WW2 Anti-Tank Remains, Millclose Howle, Redcar
The cubes would have blocked access at this point by invading tanks.
WW2 Anti-Tank Remains, Millclose Howle, Redcar
The cubes themselves were probably destroyed soon after the war, but these stubs remain.
WW2 Anti-Tank Remains, Millclose Howle, Redcar
A block of three is fully revealed, but there are more still hidden under the soil that appear more intact.
WW2 Anti-Tank Remains, Millclose Howle, Redcar