We drove to Great Ayton which is a lovely village built alongside a picturesque stream and popular with walkers and tourists alike. James Cook went to the school here, which is now a museum to him, and a statue of him aged 16 stands on the village green. We got lucky finding a parking space by the tourist office. I imagine Great Ayton must be absolutely crammed in high season - it was busy enough today.
Our walk took in varied environments starting with narrow lanes and
|Tree tunnel path|
Roseberry Topping can be seen from Cook's Monument and, likewise, the Monument from Roseberry Topping. I found it interesting that the monument appears as though it would be much bigger when viewed from a distance than it actually is close by! As we walked away, I spotted this plaque commemorating an air crew who crashed in the area in 1940.
We stopped for lunch at Gribdale Gate, a picnic spot with tables and tree
|Amelia's tree at|
Having been proud of our achievement in getting up to the Monument,
|Dave before we started our ascent|
|The Shooting Box|