Running repairs at Warsett Hill.

Alongside conservation, a big part of our work is maintaining access to the special places we look after so that everyone can enjoy them.

Last week we went up to Warsett Hill, which is on the Yorkshire coast just below Saltburn.

Aside from invigorating walks and spectacular coastal views this site has some great industrial heritage. There are numerous remains of the Huntcliffe Ironstone mine which closed in 1906. The most prominent being the Guibal Fanhouse (a Scheduled Ancient Monument, SAM).

The Huntcliffe Guibal Fanhouse (built 1872)

The Huntcliffe Guibal Fanhouse (built 1872)

The building housed an engine room at the front. This powered a centrifugal fan and extraction flue in the central section, which drew the stale air up and out of the shaft (now filled in) at the rear of the building. The building is well preserved, and one of only a few remaining examples of its kind both locally and nationally.

The surrounding farmland is managed by a tenant farmer but there’s certain maintenance tasks which are down to us. Volunteers Greg, John and Fraser helped carry out a couple of odd jobs last week.

John freshens up the paintwork on a National Trust signpost.

John freshens up the paintwork on a National Trust ‘Omega’ signpost.

Greg, Fraser and John replacing a wobbly stile next to the Cleveland Way.

Greg, Fraser and John replacing a wobbly stile next to the Cleveland Way.

Fraser testing the new stile. It works!

Fraser testing the new stile. It works!

After replacing a second stile we headed off to nearby Loftus Alum Quarries to do some more odd jobs.

How to find Warsett Hill and the Guibal Fanhouse:

Grid reference: NZ 69717 21442 Nearest postcode:  TS12 2QX

On foot: Accessible from Cleveland Way National Trail. Warsett Hill is 1.5miles North along the Cleveland Way from the car park at Skinningrove. Also accessible via public footpath from Brotton village through Hunley Hall golf course.

You can also find a circular walk from Saltburn to Warsett Hill at the link below:

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/article-1356405740375/

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Kate | National Trust

Kate | National Trust

 

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