Roseberry Topping

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Roseberry Topping

A lovely evening back in 2016, this is one of a few photos that night from Cockshaw Hill Quarry, a trip to the quarry is becoming an annual event for me when the heather is in full bloom. This location not far off the Cleveland way has to be one of the best views of Roseberry Topping and a must for anybody who enjoys Yorkshire photography. With the stunning North Yorkshire Moors Giving way to the Tees Valley theres is such a diverse landscape in one scene; there is little wonder that that growing up such a place instilled a spirit for adventure on Teesside’s most famous son. James Cook was born a few miles from here in village of Marton; in 1776 James’s farther got a job at Aireyholm Farm in the parish of Great Ayton. James went to the local school in Great Ayton for 5 years and then when he finished in 1771 he became a farm hand helping his father. Working in the fields below Roseberry Topping James is said to have made many trips to the summit. It is these early expeditions that are reputed to have given him his taste for exploration and adventure. James Cook left Aireyholm Farm in 1745 heading for staithes north of Whitby on the Yorkshire Coast, he had an early career as a grocer but that was not far a man with such a drive and thirst for adventure so he left for the Port of Whitby and began a new career in the merchant navy.

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