TALKING of curious names, a cyclist planning a ride round an A to Z of Yorkshire gets in touch. While there are lots of contenders for most of the letters, places beginning with Z are quite hard to come by, but near Bellerby, which is between Richmond and Leyburn, there is Zebra Hill.

It is just north of Bellerby on the road to Redmire.

How did it come by its name? There’s a suggestion that a travelling menagerie with all kinds of exotic beasts once stayed there and so zebras really were once seen on Zebra Hill. Please let us know if you can explain – we’d like to put the meaning in print because it would be good to see Zebra Hill in black and white.

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