Mulgrave woods, right out the back of Sandsend, is a privately owned pair of steepsided valleys worked for its timber, but beautifully cared-for and open to the public at the weekend and on Wednesdays (except in May, which is a shame). We had a lovely couple of days there; the flora was exceptional.


And violets.

And more….

Lara and a patch of violets: made for each other I think.

The violets on their own.


Wild cherry blossom.

A ragged Peacock butterfly; probably from last year.

At the top of the valley is old Mulgrave castle, 13th Century, and which has endured a pretty horrid history. So this must be one of its lighter moments.

Goathland is a village on the moors famous for being the location of the TV series Heartbeat, and one of the stops on the North York Moors railway. It’s also got some fabulous walks; a popular one is down the old Stephenson incline to Beck Holoe and thence along West Beck to the waterfall known as Mallyan Spout.  

Here we are near the bottom of the incline.


Looking back down the valley of West Beck

I think this is Bird Cherry.

Wood Anemone.

And finally up the Spout!