Monday, 23 March 2015

Steam in the Esk Valley

Sunday was a much better day with some decent sunny periods and temperatures around normal for the time of year.

Our plan was for a trip to the Esk Valley in the North Yorkshire Moors National Park. My main reason for a visit was for a bit of steam train photography as the North Yorkshire Moors Railway were operating a steam hauled service along the Network Rail line from Whitby to Battersby through the Esk Valley line.  

There’s always so much to photograph visiting the North Yorkshire Moors. 
There was a stark contrast between the brown of the upland moors and greener fertile valleys.
These Highland Cattle had a wonderful view of the countryside but were far more intent on tucking into some fresh silage. They didn't seem at all bothered when we stopped to take a few pictures.
We eventually got some pictures of a steam train as it approached Lealholm station. On the return journey home we stopped in Great Ayton to take a couple of pictures.
Great Ayton was where the famous explorer James Cook spent part of his childhood. His family moved into the village when he was eight years old and he lived in Great Ayton until he was 16 years old when he moved to Staithes near Whitby. He joined the Royal Navy when still in his teens and went on to be one of Britain's greatest explorers.


  1. Those highland cattle are impressive looking. A great mix of photos.

    1. They had some impressive horns as well.

  2. Great Ayton is really awesome place to visit! I never seen a steam train before!
    The cattles and birds are really new to me ;)

    1. All our steam locomotives were scrapped in the 1960's but some were bought by enthusiasts and are still operating special trains today.


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