Captain Cook’s Monument

Another great place to stroll on an evening and take in the views is by Captain Cook’s Monument. I have been several times so I thought I’d share its beauty. The monument stands 324 metres above sea level, 18m high, over looking Great Ayton and is easily accessible from Guisborough forest (Read about HERE) and Roseberry Topping (Read about HERE).

Erected in 1827 by Robert Campion, the monument bears a plaque which reads:

In memory of the celebrated circumnavigator Captain James Cook F.R.S. A man of nautical knowledge inferior to none, in zeal prudence and energy, superior to most. Regardless of danger he opened an intercourse with the Friendly Isles and other parts of the Southern Hemisphere. He was born at Marton Oct. 27th 1728 and massacred at Owythee Feb. 14th 1779 to the inexpressible grief of his countrymen. While the art of navigation shall be cultivated among men, whilst the spirit of enterprise, commerce and philanthropy shall animate the sons of Britain, while it shall be deemed the honour of a Christian Nation to spread civilisation and the blessings of the Christian faith among pagan and savage tribes, so long will the name of Captain Cook stand out amongst the most celebrated and most admired benefactors of the human race.

There are ample walking opportunities in, around and to the monument however my chosen path is a simple one which starts at Gribdale Gate. The path has a slight incline but relatively short making it easy to take the little ones along.

With the views it provides I have no complaints!

Plus my car looks particularly shiny in the sunshine!

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