Welcome to the Official Beck Hole Site
A hamlet of 9 cottages, a farm and a pub.
dwellings of Beck Hole cluster around an old fording point on the
Eller Beck, just before it meets West Beck to become Murk Esk
and eventually the River Esk, flowing out
to sea ten miles away at
Beckhole is set in the deep, tree clad valley where the Ellerbeck and West Beck meet to become the Murk Esk, eventually reaching Whitby as the Esk.
Beckhole Woodland and Heritage Foundationwas formed by residents of Beckhole in 2006 in order to preserve and protect the ancient woodland of the valley and interpret the wealth of local heritage.
In Victorian times Beckhole was famous for its many orchards. Visitors would come from miles around to enjoy the walks & waterfalls and take tea beneath the apple trees..
In 2009 the Goathland School celebrtated its
Bi-centenary.The BHWF decided to mark the occasion by planting an apple orchard on land in Beckhole - kindly provided by the Ainley family, formerly of Firs Farm.
With help from The Tree Council, donations from Goathland Post Office, the North York Moors National Park and collection boxes at The Birch Hall Inn money was raised to prepare the orchard and plant 20 different heritage apple trees, each of which has been adopted by a child from Goathland School.
Trees were planted on March 1st 2009 and once they were established the children came down to 'meet' their trees on 24th April.
It's just on the side of the Rail Trail before the Ellerbeck Footbridge...
we hope you enjoy watching it grow !
All the young trees ( or maidens as the nurserymen fancifully call them ) seem to be surviving ...the children come down regularly to water and weed.... the trees had their first pruning and a little formative support to distribute the branches. We had a good showing of blossom in their first year and even a few apples !
They have had another formative pruning
this winter to keep an open and manageable shape..thankfully the weather
has not been assevere as last year ...the rabbits kept off but' the
local population of roe deer have damaged one or two...
Contributions to and feedback on the Beck Hole web site are welcome... Please pass your copy or ideas onto Glenys
Beck Hole Notice Board --- What's New ?
(Winter times from mid-September will be:
Mondays: 11 am to 3 pm
Birch Hall Inn in new Book
We Broke the RECORD !!
Saturday May 16th. seemed an ordinary day till Mark Reid, a local writer, arrived to launch the latest edition of his popular book
The INN WAY to the North Yorkshire Moors
a complete and unique circular walk in this lovely part of the country taking in some of the area's best pubs along the way.
Mark and his dog Elvis are a big fans of The Birch Hall Inn and so he chose it as the venue to celebrate the launch of his first edition here in our 'little bar' ten years ago.
In conversation he asked what was the most customers we'd ever had in there..and at that time it stood at 17 and a dog when everyone had piled in during a brief but very heavy summer shower....
The challenge proved too much for Mark to resist and on that day in 2000 we squashed in 27 people and a dog ( although, in the interests of all, this time the dog was plastic .. see our who's who page ! )
Of course for the re-launch it was a foregone conclusion that Mark would try for more... and on Saturday we managed to top the record by three.. as thirty thirsty customers ( and the plastic dog ) filled the bar and the new book was launched in style
WE WISH IT EVERY SUCCESS...
thanks to everyone who turned up..
and to Mark for the free pints !
It had to happen...on 25th June a party of thirsty walkers called in to sample the Black Sheep Bitter ...and after a couple of rounds decided to attempt to beat the record !
well after much pushing and shoving they got the bar full AND the door shut..and on the 'exit count' it was thirty and two (very small) dogs !
Sorry Mark !
Pub for Sale !
NO...don't panic...! we're not going yet
but we have commissioned Scenecraft to do a detailed, hand-finished scale model of the Birch Hall Inn...which will look great on '00' gauge model railways or just as good on top of your telly !
We now have the models..in pride of place on the bar of course..
Here are two in their new homes !
we'd love you to send us pictures of yours ...
You will be able to buy them from the pub, or by mail order...call us on 01947 896245 or e.mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Birch Hall Inn is Camra
' Pub of The Year '
our beer's been voted top out of the 200+ pubs in our Camra Area for the summer season...and voted overall Pub of the Year for 2010.. we had a great day for the official presentation ...
Thanks to anyone out there who ticked the right boxes for us !
It makes all those hours spent tinkering about in the cellar worthwhile.