The hill is an outlier of the North York Moors uplands. It is formed from sandstone laid down in the Middle and Lower Jurassic periods, between 208 and 165 million years ago, which constitutes the youngest sandstone to be found in any of the National Parks in England and Wales. Its distinctive conical shape is the result of the hill's hard...more
Captain Cooks family had a house built in the village in Bridge Street but this was auctioned and sold in 1933. After being purchased and presented to the Victoria State Government of Australia it was dismantled and re-erected in Fitzroy Gardens, Melbourne, Australia, where it is open to the public as a museum and is known as Cook’s Cottage.Today...more
As a boy, James Cook worshipped with his family at All Saints Church. The family grave is in the churchyard, as is that of Thomas Skottowe who paid Cook’s school fees at the Postgate School.The church was built late in the 12th century, and although some parts have been changed over the centuries (notably the addition of the porch in the 13th...more
The sculpture , which stands on High Green, is the work of the internationally renowned sculptor, Nicholas Dimbleby, and shows James at the age of 16, looking towards Staithes.It was unveiled on 12th May 1997 by Captain Chris Blake, Master of the replica of Cook's ship HM Bark Endeavour, during the ship's visit to Whitby.more
The Schoolroom Museum in Great Ayton is housed in a building once used as a charity school which was founded in 1704 by Michael Postgate, a local landowner. It was here, between 1736 and 1740, that Captain James Cook received his early education.This is a small and fascinating museum with interesting displays and exhibits. The very life like...more
The school was formerly a charitable oragnisation and it was here that the famous explorer Captain James Cook received his ealry education. He attended the schoool between 1736 and 1740.The building has now been turned into a museum and it outlines the life of Captain Cook.Open 1 April - 31st October from 1pm - 4pm (Jul & Aug - 11am - 4pm)more
The restaurant is beautifully situated at the foot of Roseberry Topping. It has a terraced garden area and also a traditional dining area. The service is excellent and the restaurant is noted for the quality of its food.
Favorite Dish: Although the last thing I normally look for is the desserts menu, this is one place I would recommend them. The dessert trolley was absolutely amazing catering for every taste. I opted for the key lime pie. It was really delicious. You have the option to have it served with cream if you wish.
For main course I chose moussaka. Unfortunately it wasn't a traditional one although still very tasty.
The lunchtime speacials, served Monday to Saturday are excellent value costing £7.75 for a three course menu.
Great Ayton has an unstaffed station on the Middlesbrough to Whitby line but there are only 5 trains each day along the line and you do need to plan your rail journey to Great Ayton carefully.The station has several car parking spaces and is step free so suitable for wheelchairs and all trains on the line have disabled access.The station however is...more
The place to go for an ice cream is Suggitt's in the centre of the village. I would recommend just getting a tub and then taking it away rather than sitting inside. On a hot summer day you will see long queues outside the shop waiting to be served but this is one queue worth waiting in. I would rate it on the same level as Pacitto's in Stockton and several of the Italian icecreams I have tasted.
This is the local 'peak' in the area and is located close to the village of Great Ayton. The best place to park is the public car park (free) in the village of Newton Under Roseberry. You can then climb up from there. This is the easiest side to climb from. In recent years there has been quite a lot of erosion from the elements which has led to...more
The monument to the great explorer Captain Cook is to be found on Easby Moor, just above the village of Great Ayton. It is 60 feet tall (about 20m) and is visible from the local vicinity. It was built in 1827 by Robert Campion from Whitby. Part of the inscription on the monument reads: 'A man in nautical knowledge inferior to none, in zeal,...more