NZ5711 : Cliff Ridge Wood

taken 12 years ago, near to Little Ayton, North Yorkshire, Great Britain

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Cliff Ridge Wood
Cliff Ridge Wood
An oak is bathed in evening light on the edge of a former Whinstone quarry now owned by the National Trust. In the distance is Capt.Cook's Monument on Easby Moor.
Cliff Ridge Quarry
The Cleveland Dyke is a protrusion of very hard volcanic rock cutting through the surrounding sedimentary rocks. It was formed 58 million years ago from a volcano near the Isle of Mull and can be traced between there and Whitby. Wherever it outcrops it was quarried and used principally for road building. Its common name is Whinstone on account the gorse or whin frequently found growing where the rock outcrops.

Local quarrying was firmly established by the late 17th century. Cliff Ridge quarry was operated by Messrs. Winn with the whinstone being cut into setts or cobbles for the streets of Leeds. The quarry closed around 1918 but in the seventies further extraction took place with the stone being crushed for road surfacing.

Nowadays the lower slopes of the quarry has been extensively sculptured by the local BMX enthusiasts.
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Date Taken
Thursday, 24 May, 2007   (more nearby)
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Friday, 25 May, 2007
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National Trust property   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 574 115 [100m precision]
WGS84: 54:29.7564N 1:6.8337W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 574 116
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South-southeast (about 157 degrees)
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