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THE SITE
This 214-acre hillside hosts one of the largest woodlands in Teesside. It is a combination of old growth broad-leaf and established and unmanaged mixed plantation. Most of it is protected as a site of nature conservation interest but there are areas at the Eastern end which are not.
The most well-known feature of the site is The Nab, which at 794ft is the highest point on Eston hills. In 1920, archaeologists discovered burial mounds here dating back the bronze age (2-4000BC) as well as the remains of an iron-age hillfort (700BC). The semi-circle rampart of which is clearly visible to this day. Eston Nab is now a fully protected ancient monument. There is also a protected obelisk that was built by ICI in 1956 from the remains of the previous Beacon watchtower that was built in 1808 to warn of Napoleonic invasion.
Other significant features of the site are the increasingly vandalised remains of the ironstone mines. Below the Nab is New Bank head which features a brick-lined drift entrance and remains of the hauling system which pulled the wagons of stone from various drifts and quarries to the East. The former wagonway is now a popular but deteriorating footpath which leads a tunnel dated 1871 and an impressive Grade-II listed Guibal Fanhouse known to locals as 'The SS Castle'. Regretably, the site is plagued with vandalism. It was close to here that Vaughan and Marley made their famous discovery. Wonder what they would think of it today???
Four pics above courtesy of Hidden-Teesside

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