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Cray barrow

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Cray barrow

YDNPA, 2004, (CNB46)

View from Cray barrow

YDNPA, 2004, (CNB47)

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Cray barrow

Historical Environment Record No: MYD4154

Parish: Buckden

OS Grid Reference: SD929789

Dale: Upper Wharfedale

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Bowl barrow above Cray with a modern stone cairn built on top of it. Barrows were common throughout Britain in the early Bronze Age. This example would once have contained the ashes or bones of a local person and possible later on, members of their family. Like many such burial sites, it is located just below the brow of a hill and as well as having a spectacular view down Wharfedale, it would have been a highly visible reminder of the dead to family and friends working in fields in the valley below.
White, Robert (2002) The Yorkshire Dales. A Landscape Through Time. Ilkley: Great Northern Books


Take public footpath behind White Lion Inn signed to Stubbing Bridge and Yockenthwaite. Continue on path to Scar House. Barrow is 1 1/2 miles from Cray. After crossing a footbridge, barrow is 700 metres further on, 200 metres to right of footpath.

Public Transport Details

Nearest town/village: Cray. Call Traveline on 0870 608 2 608 to plan your journey. After the welcome message key in 885 for North Yorkshire information


Footpath is rough and muddy in places with stiles and gates.

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