A Cottage in Oak Wood

Richard Bell’s nature diary, North Yorkshire, Monday, 1st September 2008


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11.45 am, Malton, North Yorkshire

THE HIDDEN MONKEY Tea Rooms overlook the square in the small market town of Malton. Opposite are the Courtyard Gallery and J.R.Leefe & Son, ‘local books, art materials & stationers’. We’re just taking a short coffee & crumpets break on our way to the coast but I’d like to come back to Malton for the day to have a proper look around. There’s plenty here to draw.

Our cottage by an old watermill lies at the end of a mile long track along the upper fringe of Oak Wood, which covers the steep slopes of the valley of Ramsdale Beck, south-east of the village of Robin Hood’s Bay. A spring is marked on the map and we’re told that the tap water here is mineral water. It makes a good cup of tea.