Man On The Moors
High up on Castleton Rigg you will find a figure in the landscape. Unless you know he is there he doesn’t stick out prominently in amongst the Heather and the rocks as much as you would think, not from the roadside anyway.
Sitting at 9 foot and 10 or so inches tall this marvellous bronze statue is unbelievably life like. You could just imagine this magnificent sculpture coming to life at night fall roaming the Moors before taking his perch back on the Rigg before sunrise to spend his day looking intently over Westerdale watching the world go by whilst deep in thought.
With every crease in his forehead, to the creases in his clothes, boots and bag and from the wedding band on his finger to dirt around his finger nails you can’t help but wonder. Wonder what this “Seated Figure” is thinking. What is his back story? Who is his wife? What is his Job?
A truly magnificent sight to see you will also be wowed by the 360-degree views over the North York Moors National Park. With views over Westerdale, out over Castleton to Danby you will get stunning views no matter what the day. If it’s cloudy you will be graced with atmospheric grey tones in the sky and the most wonderful brown’s, dark greens, golden and rusty orange tones in the land. On sunny days you may be lucky enough to be graced with clear blue skies, and when we say blue, they really are the bluest of skies. By far the most stunning and breath taking of sights is when the purple Heather of the Moors is in full bloom. From August to September you will be graced with a purple carpet for miles and miles but if you look closely you will see mixtures of pinks, purples and oranges.
Some of you will be familiar with the “Seated Man on the Moor” and may have even visited him more than once. For those of you who haven’t yet seen this peaceful Giant we highly recommend that you do after all he won’t be here forever.