SE4794 : Hambleton Drove Road

taken 13 years ago, 3 km from Nether Silton, North Yorkshire, Great Britain

Hambleton Drove Road
Hambleton Drove Road
Looking north down the climb up to Black Hambleton. Hambleton End is to the right, Silton Woods to the left. The drover's road follows the route of a very ancient track, certainly pre-Roman, from the crossing of the Tees at Yarm south to York and Malton. Cattle were driven to markets in the south and a high level route was preferable to the marshes and forests of the lowlands. It was in regular use until the railway era.

I found this posting on The Modern Antiquarian website for Hambleton Street LinkExternal link which I thought was appropriate for this photo:

In his 1771 book "Rural Economy of Yorkshire" Arthur Young describes Hambleton Street.

"You are obliged to cross the moors they call Black Hambleton, over which the road runs in narrow hollows that admit a south country chaise (Cart) with some difficulty, that I reckon this part of the journey made a hazard of my neck. The going down into Cleveland is beyond all description, terrible, you go through such steep, rough, narrow, rock precipices, that I would sincerely advise you to go a hundred miles to escape it".
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