Friday 1st April: visiting Marston Moor   Leave a comment

Battlefields trust have a very useful website for those visiting the moor. You can stop opposite the monument. The battlefield is not sign posted otherwise. We walked up the path opposite. Unfortunately the track leading to the famous white sike has been blocked by the landowner. However you do get a great view of the largely unspoilt battlefield.

Is this a piece of revisionist history? The overall commander, the Scottish Leslie reduced to a supporting role in Cromwell’s victory?

We walked along Moor Lane with the Royalist deployments on this side of the road to the left and right of the track.

The view across the White Sike where the Earl of Newcastle’s regiment of foot made their famous last stand.

The high ground where the Parliamentarians deployed.

The landowner clearly does not want walkers following the track and visiting the white sike or linking up with the public footpath.

Overall a great place to visit. You get a fascinating view of the parliament position holding the high ground from the royalist side which is very flat in comparison. Also the drainage ditch along the track is deep and wide giving an idea of how the ditch across the Royalist front may have appeared. Clearly a difficult place to cross. It would have broken up any attempt at a cavalry charge where it was deep and wide.

Posted April 1, 2022 by wargamesdiary in Uncategorized

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