The Seated Man, Castleton Rigg. Looking out over the heather in Westerdale.

The Seated Man, Castleton Rigg

The Seated Man, Castleton Rigg, Sunday 13th August.

A three metre high statue of a Seated Man has appeared in one of the most dramatic locations on the North York Moors. Rumours abound that it looked like an exiled Jeremy Corbyn sent to the moors to reflect; I knew I had to check it out. With the summer heather season in full swing, it is definitely the best time of year and little excuse is needed to get out into the North York Moors right now!

The painted bronze statue was created by artist Sean Henry and commissioned by the David Ross Foundation. David Ross is the co-founder of the UK company Carphonewarehouse and owns the land the statue stands on at Castleton Rigg in Westerdale.

The Seated Man was put up in June 2017, and is so far proving to be a big draw for tourists and visitors prepared to hike the half a mile from the nearest road to see it.  The figure gazes out over Westerdale contemplating the landscape and is due to remain in place for five years.

Sean describes the artwork as “The tension between the making and staging of figures that seem to belong to the real world and the degree to which they echo our experiences & sympathies.”

 

The Seated Man, Castleton Rigg, Westerdale. AKA Jeremy Corbyn.
The Seated Man, Castleton Rigg, Westerdale. AKA Jeremy Corbyn.

 

 

The Shots

 

The view of Danby Dale from the Castleton to Hutton-le-Hole road in the North York Moors.
The view of Danby Dale from the Castleton to Hutton-le-Hole road in the North York Moors.

 

The Seated Man, Castleton Rigg. Looking out over the heather in Westerdale.
The Seated Man, Castleton Rigg. Looking out over the heather in Westerdale.

 

 

The Location

Postcode YO21 2NW will get you in to the general area.

The Seated Man is on top of Castleton Rigg above Westerdale, it is visible from the road out of Castleton towards Hutton-le-Hole.

There’s some limited (free) parking on the roadside and a 0.5 mile walk uphill over some reasonably rough but not insurmountable moorland terrain to get to the top.

 

 

 

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The Seated Man. I think the day’s sun got to me, by the time I had climbed to the top of Castleton Rigg in Westerdale I thought the statue looks just like an exhiled Jeremy Corbyn. Commissioned by David Ross foundation, sculpture by artist Sean Henry. Sean describes his work as “The tension between the making and staging of figures that seem to belong to the real world and the degree to which they echo our experiences & sympathies.” #landscape #Northyorkshire #northyorkmoors #landscapehunter #canon #heather #summer #august #yorkshire #york #landscapephotography #togs #ig #igers #insta #instagram #igdaily #instagood #England #uk #scenicbritain #visitbritain #OMGB #visityorkshire #beautiful #nature #art #corbyn

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Captain Cook's Monument, North York Moors, England. James Cook did more to fill in the map of the world than any other one person in history, the original wanderluster. This was not the shot I set out intending to take, I was originally heading to Egton Moor for the lone tree but time was against me so I headed for Gribdale instead. I was tempted half way up the walk to stop at Cockshaw hill seeing the brilliant sunset shining over it but it is now too familiar. #wanderlust #northyorkmoors #Northyorkshire #england #uk #togs #photography #greatayton #captaincook #captaincooksmonument #gribdale #yorkshire #heather #summer #august #hills #sunset #tramonto #nature #landscapehunter #landscapephotography #ig #igers #insta #scenicbritain #igdaily #roseberrytopping #fairytalebliss

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August's sunset. Little Roseberry, North Yorkshire. Sunset over Roseberry Topping from Little Roseberry. I got caught out by how early sunset is now, after racing over in the car and running up the track from Aireyholme Farm I hauled myself and my kit to the top of the hill only to just miss the sun dropping below the horizon! The light however was still really pretty, missing the sunset just gives me the excuse to return and try again! #roseberrytopping #Northyorkshire #northyorkmoors #yorkshire #Landscapehunter #landscape #landscapephotography #ig #igers #insta #instagram #igdaily #scenicbritain #bw_beautifulworld #summer #august #heather #earthfocus #ig_countryside #igersmood #ourplanetdaily #visualambassadors #keepitwild #stayandwander #wanderlust #travel

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