This iconic land mark of Teesdale,Kirk Carrion, is a beautiful, yet eerie place that one cannot escape from wherever you are in the area. Different angles, different weather conditions, different times of the year, it always draws the eye to it. The place is so atmospheric and mysterious and I just love it and is one of my favourite views in Middleton.
Kirk Carrion is possibly the site of a bronze age burial mound and the stones piled on top form the cairn. It is said the king of the Brigantes tribe, Caryn, is buried here and that his ghost haunts the area as a result of his cremated remains being removed back in the 19th century from a stone cist that was discovered. The place name possibly derives from 'Carreg Caryn' (Carreg is Welsh for stone). It is said the Earl of Strathmore had the stone wall and the ring of trees planted out as a mark of respect for the ancient king....but that was not enough to appease the disturbed spirit!
More photos will follow and for those who have not visited Middleton, get your boots on and enjoy a hike up past this fabulous site. For the Sci FI geeks...it is said unexplained lights can be seen hovering over this landmark...…. 😉
Went for a lovely walk through the autumnal woods today - an amazing place right on my doorstep and somewhere every visitor should take time to walk through. It has a tarmacked road though it and so makes it easy for walking, bikes, push chairs and wheel chairs. It takes you right up to Parker Lime Kilns and the quarry, old mining bridges, and if you really explore, there are old mine shafts too- watch out for the trolls!
There are so many different birds, trees, plants and other wild life to see too, and numerous little waterfalls. It is quite magical! However, I will let you into a little secret... we have a woodland spirit who is making her appearance. Can you see her in one my photos I took on my walk today?! She is very watchful.....😜