Monday, 12 September 2011

Our World Tuesday - Visit to Lordstones


Lordstones is one of our favourite places, a cafe built into a hillside, out on the wilds of Carlton Bank, just a few miles away from the market town of Stokesley.  The cafe is named for a Celtic Standing Stone on the property which is around 5000 years old.  To get to Lordstones you need to take the B1257 from Helmsley to Chop Gate (pronounced Chop Yat by the locals!)  Halfway through the village there is a very sharp left hand bend, opposite the war memorial, that leads up a single track
road, about 3.5 miles along there, you will find the entrance to the cafe carpark on the right.

The cafe is popular with bikers, hikers, tourists in general and locals.  They are open every day of the year except Christmas Day and New Years Day.  They have a very extensive and reasonably priced menu, you can get anything from a simple sandwich to a full roast dinner, all kinds of deserts, plus several kinds of beer, and their own ice cold water on tap straight from an underground spring.  They also have Carp ponds very close to the cafe.  (That's one in the header pic.)


Turning left from the cafe and walking up the path towards what looks at first glance to be a golf course, there is the Standing Stone in front of you.  Keep walking up towards the horizon and suddenly you will find yourself overlooking a valley 1000 feet below, and stretching off into the distance as far as the eye can see.


It is very quiet up here, the occasional twitter of a bird, or voices of hikers floating through the air.  Down below in the valley you will see a beautiful patchwork of fields, the tiny white dots are sheep, and you just may hear the sound of a working tractor drifting up from the valley.

To the right you can see a conical hill, Roseberry Topping, it has an ancient and tragic legend attached to it, about a King, his wife and their small son.  If you want to read the story go to the following link:

http://jacselsknit-n-krochetkorner.blogspot.com/2011/03/vt-of-y-part-2-legend-of-roseberry.html


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17 comments:

Carver said...

These shots are fantastic. Looks like a beautiful and interesting place to explore.

Sylvia K said...

What a lovely place with a fascinating history and your photos are really superb! Thank you for sharing the history and the links! I'm going there now to check it out! Coming from such a "young" country, I'm always fascinated by the really old history of other countries! Enjoy your week!

Sylvia

Gary said...

Great post Jackie!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Birgitta - foto CHIP said...

So beautiful landscape - great captures Jackie!

Martha Z said...

The looks like a great place to stop for a meal and beautiful countryside to explore.
"Staycation" is a term that has cropped up during the current recession. Many people can't afford a vacation so they stay home and find things to do in their own community.

Ebie said...

I love to see the great expanse of the green fields. The shadow cast by the clouds look so pretty!

aka Penelope said...

Such a wonderful secluded spot yet obviously popular because of its history, good food and serenity. I can see why the view of the green valley below is an added bonus for those who get to the top. :)

Rajesh said...

Wonderful place. Great view of the fields.

ladyfi said...

What a wonderful place. And such lovely pics - make me homesick.

NatureFootstep said...

sounds like a very nice place. A great setting and a good menue, what more can you ask for.

Arija said...

Beautiful countryside and oh my, what a tragic story!

Than you for sharing this with us on Our World.

Stewart M said...

Hi there - what a splendid looking place. Love the "maze" carving on the stone - I wonder what it really means?

Cheers - Stewart M - Australia

Al said...

That's a fascinating part of your world, and great captures of it.

Gattina said...

What a very special café ! and the patchwork landscape is so beautiful ! I love to see it.

Jackie said...

Emailed comment from Sallie (FullTime-Life)

Hi Jackie. Honestly I wasn’t going to bother you with an e-mail every time I read your blog, but I just have to let you know how much I loved learning about Lordstones. Oh my gosh what a wonderful spot. I would have been delighted to know it was there, even if all they served was their ice water! But to think you can sit in that ancient place and get a full meal (and a beer)....just amazing. Thank you for sharing.
Sallie (FullTime-Life)
http://www.travelingrainvilles.typepad.com

Barb said...

You were overlooking a beautiful farm valley - looks like the perfect spot for a snack!

Max-e said...

Looks like an interesting place and I see that you managed to get a guinea fowl into you one pictire as well.

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