Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

A Centre for Cattle Breeding; BARMPTON & KETTON: 6 MILES

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

A Centre for Cattle Breeding; BARMPTON & KETTON: 6 MILES

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Byline: Bob Woodhouse

QUIET pathways beside the River Skerne on the outskirts of Darlington have links with the early days of stock breeding and the discovery of an Iron Age sword.

Starting from the bridge over the Skerne at Barmpton we walk up the sloping roadway towards Barmpton Hall and just after the right-hand bend we join the bridleway on our left side. There are two metal gates as we pass between sheds to make our way up the slope and through a metal field gate.

The wide stony track bends gently to the right to pass a junction of routes with a hedge on our right and then, after a left-hand bend, a hedge on the left side.

A downhill section bends to the right past Moor House and, after a metal field gate, we join a footpath with two stiles on the approach to Cat Kill Lane Plantation.

At the far side of the woodland we turn left along the wide grassland of Cat Kill Lane that runs gently uphill between lines of tall hawthorn bushes. Fox Covert, on the edge of the wood, is well-named as a fox made its way along the grassy avenue some distance ahead of us.

We follow Cat Kill Lane up the slope past metal field gates on both sides and catch sight of buildings at Fir Tree Farm ahead on a ridge. At the junction of routes we pass through a metal field gate and turn left on Salters Lane.

The wide stony track slopes downhill past farm buildings on both sides and crosses Newton Beck before we pass through a wooden field gate with sheds on our left.

We soon pass a bungalow on our right side and after making our way through a wooden field gate there is a clear view of Newton Beck on lower ground to our right.

Continuing ahead, we pass the metal plate with the inscription "Ketton Road Ends Here".

At this point we join the "Salters Circular" that runs along the left hand field edge and catch sight of Little Ketton Farm away to our left with the buildings forming Ketton Hall on our right.

It was on farms in this area that Robert and Charles Colling bred Durham shorthorn cattle during the late 18th and early 19th centuries. …

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