Me and the dog trecked up here this morning to greet the mid-winter sun. Climbing up the muddy slope of Pattersons Bank in the dark was a bit of a challenge but the views from the top was well worth the effort. To the west the urban sprawl of the Tees valley, to the south east the beautiful midwinter dawn sky bathed Beacon Moor in a beautiful chimney red glow.
An interesting note.
The Upleatham Barrow has a cupmarked kerb. The nearest known barrow to contain cupmarked stones is at Airy Hill which is approximately 4kms away and roughly in line with the mid-winter sunrise. Project this (rough) line another 6kms past Airy Hill and you will find youself at the cup marked kerbstones below Freebrough Hill.
I must stress that this is a very rough alignment and most probably a coincidence.
I was lucky enough to have Fitzcoraldo show me the Upleatham barrow and the cup marked kerb stones.
Being used to Derbyshire barrows I thought Upleatham was quite impressive, although it’s tree covered it's still a good height.
But the highlight without doubt was the cup marked stones. I’ve got to admit it was a real buzz uncovering the heavily marked stone.
The views through the breaks in the trees are excellent; it’s great to see the contrast of Roseberry Topping and Eston Nab alongside the industrial coastline to the north.
Updated 5th May 2003
Me and my lad were up at Upleatham today having a mooch around and admiring the bluebells. We stopped at the barrow to scoff our sarnies which I set out on this rock. As we were eating I noticed some grooves on the rock that didn't appear to be natural weathering. Hmmm I wonder! with some effort I flipped the rock over and there they were..6 cups as described by Graeme C on his crackin' website. Unfortunately I didn't have my camera with me so I made a quick sketch and decided to return later with the camera. When I got home I couldn't settle so I grabbed the camera and returned. As well as photos I also took a rubbing of the stone which revealed the six cups and four inter-connecting grooves.
Not the most spectacular of round barrows but the views across the Tees valley and the coast are fantastic.
To get there, start at the car park for Errington woods and head for the Sandy lane trackway. Turn left and climb the steep grassy slope (excellent for poly-baggin' in the winter) up into the woods and keep going until you hit the farmland of Beacon Moor. The barrow is the notch on the corner. There have been reported cup marked rocks here but I can't find any and I'm up there quite a bit.
Go for the view and you won't be disappointed.
The Reverend Young excavated on of the barrows on the hill and recored the following;
"..a small urn, preserved entire, in possession of the author; discovered a few years ago at Upleatham, within a large urn. It is only 2.25 inches diameter at the top and 2.75 inches at the bottom, 2in. deep without and 1.25in. within"