"Young Ralph" - North York Moors
"Young Ralph" stands tall at a junction of roads near Rosedale Head. It has been well known since 1974 as being the symbol of the North York Moors National Park. It dates back to 1200AD but the present cross is probably 18th Century - before then there are records showing it was made of wood at some time. The present stone cross has had to be repaired several times. One tale tells of a poor traveller who died from exhaustion entirely penniless. He was found by a local farmer from Danby called Ralph who decided to erect a cross at the place he found him as a guide for future travellers. By tradition there are often a few coins to be found on top of the cross as well as on many others on the moors.
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From North York Moors, Yorkshire Dales and Northumberland