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England Travels: Sutton Bank

Saturday, April 14, 2018 - Sunday, April 15, 2018.

We were staying in a small town near Thirsk, which is near York. On Saturday, we got brief tour of the area. The pictures from Thirsk are in a different section, but one of the stops was Sutton Banks, a hill that overlooks the North York Moors National Park. We didn't have a ton of time (about 30 minutes to walk on the trail, which means 10 minutes out, 10 minutes back, and 10 mintues to look, take pictures, and such) as we were going to a birthday party at the end of the day, an hour away. So we cut this a bit short and then came back on Sunday to spend a little more time there. It had been a bit overcast and foggy on Saturday. It was warmer on Sunday, but more hazy, with more restricted visibility. That day, we also stopped at the Mouseman furniture visitor museum and White Horse, plus other places on other sections. Everything other than the first set of pictures from Sutton Bank was taken on Sunday.

2018 England trip pictures
Part 1: The Arrival
Part 2: Cambridge (Part 1)
Part 3: Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
Part 4: Alnwick
Part 5: York
Part 6: Sutton Bank
Part 7: Thirsk
Part 8: Helmsley and Rievaulx
Part 9:  Backyard Blacksmith Workshop
Part 10: Bagby Airfield
Part 11: Byland Abbey
Part 12: National Railway Museum
Part 13: Cambridge (Part 2)
Part 14: Cambridge Botanical Gardens
Part 15: The Departure

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Sutton Bank (Saturday)

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Sutton Bank is on top of a hill with a 25% grade. Note that I was in the front...(more)

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Finest view in England, credited to James Herriot on the Sutton Bank trail. ...(more)

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Looking to the southwest from Sutton Bank.

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Looking to the west from Sutton Bank. The road is the A170 highway.

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A metalic map of the areas.

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The map and the view.

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The cliff edge past the Yorkshire Soaring Club.


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Smaller panoramic view of the area at Sutton Bank.



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180° panoramic of Sutton Bank, from the south (left), then west, then to...(more)


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A memorial to aircrews who died in this area.


Mouseman Furniture

Robert Thompson was a furniture maker in the first half of the 20th Century in Kilburn, North Yorkshire. As his trademake, he would carve a mouse on every piece of furniture he made.

His family still runs the workshop and others who had worked with have adopted similar trademarks, each with own animail. The furniture is well known worldwide. We stopped in to the Mouseman visitor Centre.

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A friend of mine kept asking me (jokingly) about my upcoming trip "down...(more)

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Note the mouse coming out of the back of the bench.

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The mouse on this bench is just under the armrest.

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Another mouseman mouse.

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Beatrix and her big sister Isabel in a mouseman chair.

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Another of Beatrix and Isabel in a mouseman chair.

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I liked the little bridges over the (drainage?) stream as well as the hills...(more)

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Aunt Stephanie playing the game Spin the Whizzy Izzy.


The Kilburn White Horse (from below)

First cut into the hill in 1857. Every few years it undergoes maintenance and grooming.

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The White Horse on the hillside is visible for miles around the area.

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A stone marker describes White Horse.

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A trail goes from the bottom up to the top, connecting to the Sutton Bank trail.

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As I was about to take a picture of White Horse, a Piper Pawnee flies right...(more)

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The Pawnee is towing a glider. Yay!

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A picture of White Horse from the parking lot at the bottom.


Yorkshire Gliding Club and Sutton Bank (Sunday)

We went back to Sutton Bank on Sunday because I wanted to hike the whole trail. Stephanie also wanted to get a run in, so it seemed like many things could be accomplished at once. The Yorkshire Gliding Club is located at the top of the hill too. I only saw them from the trail. The ceiling wasn't too high, but they still launched a few gliders. The one I saw when I was on the trail wound up coming back pretty quickly and it was the last one for the day. I think the clouds were getting too low (unless they wanted to soar in the valley and then land in a farm field and get trucked back up.

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This was a picture of the airfield, gliders, tow-plane and more from the van as...(more)

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The valley below and the A170 highway. The clouds are lower than they were the...(more)

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Another shot looking out to the west.

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Looking to the south. I found the little farm that's visible using the...(more)

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The edge of the cliff, where the gliders launch.

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I just want to say every way is Cleveland Way.

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Information on Sutton Bank.

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A warning sign by the edge of the path. I was really hoping to get a shot of...(more)

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The runway just beyond the Sutton Bank hiking trail.

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Trailers to store the gliders.

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Information on soaring above Sutton Bank.

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The sign with the airfield in the distance. There are hangars for the...(more)

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Another view of the no-name farm I saw before and the Hood Beck. The road is...(more)

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The A170 winding its way up to Sutton Bank.

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I spotted Stephanie below, surveying the land, making her plans.

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On the way back, she was sitting and pondering universal truths, like "why...(more)

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The cliff face.


White Horse (from above)

The Sutton Bank path continued beyond the gliderport and ended at the top of White Horse. I wasn't expecting that. Suddenly I sort of had an idea of where I was (though not really relative to anything else).

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A sign saying walking damages it, so please don't.


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A 180° panoramic shot from the top of White Horse. Since I was using a...(more)


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A sign with more information on The White Horse of Kilburn.

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The view from the top of the parking lot at the bottom where we were.

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The road goes south to Kilburn, where the Mouseman Visitor Centre is.



2018 England trip pictures
Part 1: The Arrival
Part 2: Cambridge (Part 1)
Part 3: Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
Part 4: Alnwick
Part 5: York
Part 6: Sutton Bank
Part 7: Thirsk
Part 8: Helmsley and Rievaulx
Part 9:  Backyard Blacksmith Workshop
Part 10: Bagby Airfield
Part 11: Byland Abbey
Part 12: National Railway Museum
Part 13: Cambridge (Part 2)
Part 14: Cambridge Botanical Gardens
Part 15: The Departure

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