Fat Betty

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Emerging from the fog, like a beacon, like a guiding light is this strange half man shape carved in stone and painted partly white.. The medieval cross known as Fat Betty or White Cross stands beside a trackway on Danby High Moor at the head of the Rosedale Valley on the North York Moors.

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Fat Betty has acted as a wayside cross/marker stone for hundreds of years for travellers going between Rosedale and Westerdale, the nearest village being Botton, a few miles to the north. But it is easy to become lost on these windswept moors and so these crosses and waymarkers would have been a great help to pilgrims and others traversing the North York Moors from medievals times and, indeed, until more recent times, no doubt. Sitting on the shelf just below Betty’s head are numerous offerings left by greateful travellers who are pointed in the right direction

Mike Briggs, North York Moors 2015

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