Marske

Marske

Some photos I took in and around Marske, Skelton and Orgate on our trip to Yorkshire Dales in July, 2009.

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Home Base - Blaeberry Cottage
Home Base - Blaeberry Cottage
Entering the cottage we rented in Grinton where Richard, myself, and our son and his wife enjoyed a glorious Dales holiday in July 2009. 
 
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Ready to Go
Ready to Go
Son and wife ready to begin our bicycle trip from the Dales bike rental in Fremington to Marske, Skelton, Orgate, Clints Wood and back. 
 
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The Route
The Route
Here is where went. Except it doesn't show the return route back through Clints Wood. (Google doesn't know you can go that way) ;) 
 
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Spectacular Dales Scenery
Spectacular Dales Scenery
Over every hill and dale and around every bend there are these breathtaking views! 
 
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Bike ride from Grinton to Marske
Bike ride from Grinton to Marske
My family waiting for me to make it up an exhausting hill on Hardstiles. I had to walk my bike up this one!
We left from the Dales Bike rental at Fremington and road the back road over to Marske. This steep climb was quite close to the beginning and almost did me in!  
 
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First glimpse of Marske
First glimpse of Marske
 
 
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Marske Sign
Marske Sign
Posing with the sign at the entrance to Marske 
 
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Grounds of Marske Hall
Grounds of Marske Hall
 
 
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Approaching Marske Hall
Approaching Marske Hall
Pretty lane with the entrance gate to Marske Hall ahead 
 
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Marske church lane
Marske church lane
Isaac and Jo waiting for us old fogies as usual.
This is the quaint lane leading to the parish church my ancestors attended from the 16th to the 18th centuries. 
 
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St Edmund the Martyr church in Marske
St Edmund the Martyr church in Marske
Here is a quote about it from Geograph.org.uk
"An Anglican parish church in the small village of Marske in Swaledale, St Edmund's has an ancient history. Parts of the building including some of the columns are as old as 12th century, but much of it, including the box pews, date from c.1630 when it was largely restored. Further alterations were made in 1683 and the chancel was rebuilt in the late 19th century.

The parish is closely linked with the Hutton family, who included Matthew Hutton, Archbishop of York 1595 - 1606." 
 
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Mrs. Simpson, the postmistress at Marske in 2009
Mrs. Simpson, the postmistress at Marske in 2009
Met this kind lady in Marske. Someone told me if I wanted any historic information about the area she would be the one to see. She was indeed a gold mine of information (or should I say lead mine) ;)
 
 
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Me and the 'Pig'
Me and the 'Pig'
Mrs Simpson brought out a block of 'pig lead' to show me what the local miners produced back in the day. Little did I know at this time that most of my Ward ancestors were lead smeltors who actually owned and operated smelting mills nearby in Clints and Whashton. 
 
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Road to Skelton Hall
Road to Skelton Hall
That's one powerful looking bull! I think the breed is Blonde d'Aquitaine, impressive animals, especially in such a beautiful setting as Skelton Lane. 
 
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Skelton Hall
Skelton Hall
Suddenly, as you travel up Skelton Lane you are presented with this stunning view of the Hall. 
 
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Skelton Cottage
Skelton Cottage
When I saw this I wondered 'could this have been the home of my gggg grandfather Simon Ward 'of Skelton'? 
 
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Orgate Farm
Orgate Farm
First glimpse of Orgate. At the time I knew my ancestors had lived at Orgate, but wasn't sure if this house would have been around back in 1639. But it felt amazing just entertaining the thought that this was the home of Ralph Warde de Orgate, my 8x great grandfather! 
 
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To Orgate or Not
To Orgate or Not
To Orgate or not to Orgate...that is the question.
The family deliberating over whether or not it is admissible to enter through the closed gate that leads to Orgate farm. The guy at the bike rental place had told us it was a public access road. 
 
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To Orgate it is
To Orgate it is
So, the decision was to trust the guy at the bike rental and go ahead through to Orgate even though the sign said 'Private Road'.  
 
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Orgate House
Orgate House
The place had a bleak, yet wild and rugged appeal, accentuated by the fact this could be my ancestral home! 
 
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Marske Beck and Orgate Force
Marske Beck and Orgate Force
Walking alongside Marske Beck with the first glimpse of Orgate Force 
 
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Orgate Force
Orgate Force
What a wonderful waterfall is Orgate Force! 
 
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Orgate Force & Me
Orgate Force & Me
Richard snaps my photo as I ponder over and picture my ancestors playing along this wonderful beck and waterfall! 
 
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Orgate House
Orgate House
How long has this venerable house been perched in this rugged landscape, its windows peering out over the comings and goings of an equally rugged people? Decades? or centuries? Oh if only the walls could speak and tell me if the voices heard within them were those of my ancestors, Ralph Warde 'de Orgate', his wife Eden, and their firstborn son Simon. 
 
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Leaving Orgate
Leaving Orgate
One last look back at Orgate Farm as storm clouds collect and the threat of a downpour impels us to press on with our return journey through Clints Wood, back through Marske and home to Grinton. 
 
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Clints Scar and Us
Clints Scar and Us
Rich and I on the road from Orgate to Clints Wood, with Clints Scar behind. 
 
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Clints Wood
Clints Wood
Towering trees through Clints Wood provide welcome shelter as the clouds burst and the rain begins! 
 
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Wet & Weary
Wet & Weary
Getting wet and weary after coming out of the shelter of Clints Wood and being presented with a steep climb. 
 
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Out of the Woods
Out of the Woods
After the cloudburst and the steep climb out of Marske, the sun peeked through over this lovely dales scenery. 
 
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Warm & Happy
Warm & Happy
Back in Grinton, safe, dry, warm and happy after a rewarding excursion through time, trails and trees!