: Erotic, Erratic, Improbable Or What?
17th November 2011
was on a journey back from Skipton when Stephen
asked me if I had ever seen Norma's Erotics?
quite taken aback by the directness of the question.
My mind was boggling but I could truthfully say that
I didn't even know Norma, never mind having explored
her erotics, whatever they might be. I began to
wonder if she were some sort of rival to Big Josie so
decided to do some research. A bit of web surfing soon
that his recollection of the name was slightly but amusingly
adrift and it was Norber's Erratics to which he had
meant to refer. I breathed a sigh of relief.
others made the same mistake as I did which might have
accounted for the large turnout for today's outing.
I hope Graham, James, Johns L, Pete, Stan
and Stuart weren't too disappointed!
enough, this was an area (erratic, not erotic) about which (a
different) Graham and Hilary had raved when we bumped into them on BB1133.
For those who, like I was, are ignorant about Erratica,
let me quote from the My
The Norber Erratics are glacially-transported sandstone boulders found near
Austwick in North Yorkshire. They were eroded from cliffs 1km away to the north
in Crummackdale and were deposited at Norber on Carboniferous limestones when
the ice melted about 15,000 years ago. Some of the larger erratics have protected
the limestone beneath them while the surrounding surface has slowly been
dissolved away by acid soil-water. These erratics now rest on upstanding blocks
of limestone, known as pedestals, some of which reach 60cm in height.
meeting place was Austwick, a pretty little village
on the edge of the hills.
seemed to recall that it was the setting for a
TV series some years ago about two brothers, one living
in poverty on the moors near a village based on Austwick,
the other having a fine time in London. I thought it
was called something like Rich Man, Poor
Man or North and South. However,
an internet search proved these to be other offerings
but provided no relevant alternative. So I phoned
the Settle Tourist Information Office and a lady there
suggested This Year, Next Year. Another search provided just one relevant
item, from the Telegraph
and Argus. In
2002, it said:
25 years ago
LOCALLY written and filmed drama had proved one of television's biggest
hits. More than 20 million viewers had tuned in to watch This Year, Next Year, a
13-part saga about life in the Yorkshire Dales written by Giggleswick man John
Finch. The drama was filmed in North Craven, principally around Langcliffe,
Stainforth, Rathmell and Austwick and the cast list featured some well known
names including Jill Summers (Phyllis Pearce on Coronation Street), Ronald
Hines, Michael Elphick, Alan McNaughton and Julie Peasgood.
I wasn't going senile after all!
maybe the London bit was a confusion with
that it should date back to 1977.
is the birthday of my son and occasional
one of life's strange coincidences, 1977
is the year of his birth!
parked near the The Game Cock Inn (now, now, don't
be naughty!) hoping to make a closer acquaintance
with it in a few hours time. Graham thought he knew
the way to the erratics from his fell running days and,
indeed, he seemed to want to go the way I had intended.
So up the lane and over the fields we trotted
and onto the open fell.
as it may seem, I don't think we really found them.
The instructions I had seen on the web suggested that
they were all over the place and you just needed to
wander round to discover them. Maybe we went too
high too soon, I don't know. Maybe we crossed
the wall in the wrong place- we didn't find a gate or
stile but did find a broken section which Stan more
or less rebuilt after we had crossed.
waiting for John so he could rebuild the
you find this erratic?
is this more your style?
did find some odd shaped rocks and lots of limestone
pavements but nothing like the erratics as described
above or on the My
Still, it's an excuse to return another day on
a more focused expedition.
don't take the above a complaint. In fact, once
the initial climbing was over, this proved to be a most
enjoyable walk around Crummock Dale. Interesting
terrain and fine long distance views.
Scars, Pen-y-Ghent behind
amateur snaps the professional photographing Pen-y-Ghent
degree panorama from Ingleborough round to Pen-y-Ghent
lunching near Sulber Gate we dropped down to the plateau
above Moughton Scars and then, a little later, descended
down into the valley.
down to Moughton Scars
down Crummock Dale
here it was a walled farm track most of the way back.
We did take a short detour to look at an ancient
bridge, following which we came into the hamlet of Wharfe
which, before you ask, is nothing to do with Wharfedale.
across to Thwaite Scars
with Long Scar behind
on farm tracks rather than road as far as we could,
we crossed another stone bridge where I tried to take
an Abbey Road type picture but it didn't quite work!
reached Austwick, just in time to have a pint the award
winning Nutty Black in the Game Cock, a fine pub, before
Game Cock Inn
to the car, I misread the sign on a gate.
thought it said Error Terrace. My mistake!
our way down in the morning Graham asked if I had seen
the howitzer? By the time I understood what he
meant, it was too late. On the return, I paid more attention.
Near Ingleton there is a field on the west side
of the road with military equipment including a howitzer.
I had seen this before several times but just
thought that it was some building machinery- a form
of crane, perhaps. I hadn't realised that it was
for the defence of Yorkshire against marauding Lancastrians!
17th November 2011
time, Actually what Stephen asked was not whether
I had ever seen Norma's Erratics but whether I had ever
seen Norma's Improbables but, as the man said, never
let the facts get in the way of a good story.
of improbables (and definitely not erotics) we have
uncovered an odd series of links from Big
Josie, of the
Burnmoor Inn and original BOOTboys
fame, to The
Three Shires Inn of
Tony's family to naked men from the rather upmarket Sharrow Bay Hotel
on Ullswater and by a separate route, much to my surprise,
find out more, see Our
Links to Big Josie.
Gate, the Thieves and the Beggar
reading the report, Hilary, of Graham and Hilary fame
- see fourth para above, wrote to tell me about a walk
they had done in the same area known as The Gate, the
Thieves and the Beggar. This goes from Sulber
Gate, across Thieves Moss and down Beggar's Style.
as I might, whilst I could find Sulber Gate (it's where
we had lunch), I failed to find either the moss or the
style. That's because I was working from the Harvey's
map as my OS 1:25k map didn't cover the area.
I do have that map but it is on an old computer- like
a lot of things, it didn't transfer when I upgraded
(stupidly) from Windows XP to Windows 7. When
I reverted to the old machine, what did I find but that
our way back from Sulber Gate was across Thieves Moss
but rather than go down Beggars Style we continued some
way further on before descending to the valley.
a pity I hadn't known the names. The Gate, the
Thieves and the Beggars is a far better title than my
climbed in feet:
Erratics, Moughton Scars
Don, Graham, James,
Pete, Stan Stuart
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