What a strange world this is!
One week you’re in Edinburgh, meeting a blogger from Cornwall, the next, admiring the beauty of Roseberry Topping on the North York Moors, with a blogger all the way from Australia. When Carol (that’s The Eternal Traveller to you) suggested a stop off on my local patch during her whistle stop tour of England… well, it would have been churlish not to offer the lady a cuppa and a view, wouldn’t it?
Great Ayton seemed the perfect venue for someone interested in Captain Cook, as he spent much of his childhood there. Carol had already been to Whitby, where he served his seaman’s apprenticeship, but Cook was born locally and lived in a farmhouse in Great Ayton. It isn’t possible to visit Cook’s Cottage as it was moved to Melbourne in 1934, and reassembled there brick by brick. Cook received 5 years of paid education in this village and the Captain Cook Schoolroom Museum tells the story of his early life.
Cook was also known to have loved Roseberry Topping but, as this is a bit of a steep climb, we opted instead to hike up Easby Moor to visit the Monument to him, constructed in 1827. The views are sweeping, across to the Topping and down on Great Ayton itself.
Of course, I needed sustenance, in the form of a very crumbly scone, but Justin Beaver didn’t seem to mind my table manners too much.
Thanks to Carol and her lovely family for keeping us company. Wishing them a safe and happy onward journey.
It’s Saturday again and almost sunny. I hope that wherever you are the weekend is kind to you. I will be back on Monday for one more walk before I head south for a two week break. Take care till then!