NY9714 : Sign on the ugliest mile

taken 8 years ago, near to Bowes, County Durham, Great Britain

Sign on the ugliest mile
Sign on the ugliest mile
The Pennine Way (Bowes alternative) uses the road from Bowes to Stoney Keld to ascend onto the moors on its way to Baldersdale. In "A Pennine Way Companion", Wainwright describes this as "the ugliest mile" of the route, as it passed through derelict wartime huts protected by barbed wire fences with many "Department of War: Keep Out" signs. The sign in this photograph is the present-day equivalent, and these are erected at frequent intervals on both sides of the road. Pretty much all of the huts have now gone, but the area is still considered dangerous and RAF Bomb Disposal landrovers are often to be seen coming in and out. The Toxic Material referred to by this sign includes Mustard Gas, which contaminates the ground and is still capable of causing severe blisters on contact. Even with deep snow on the ground, it is not a place I'd risk skiing off the road, though aerial photographs indicate that it is considered safe enough to allow sheep to graze in summer.
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 13 January, 2010   (more nearby)
Wednesday, 13 January, 2010
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NY 9775 1463 [10m precision]
WGS84: 54:31.6169N 2:2.1766W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NY 9789 1468
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West-southwest (about 247 degrees)
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