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Holloways, Grinton

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Holloways, Grinton

YDNPA, 2004,

Holloways, Grinton

YDNPA, 2004,

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Holloways, Grinton

Historical Environment Record No: MYD36695

Parish: Grinton

OS Grid Reference: SE046977

Dale: Swaledale

Link to Archaeology Data Service:


Over hundreds of years of use unsurfaced trackways become eroded. On slopes, such tracks tended to channel rainwater and this eroded them even further forming holloways. In particularly wet weather and during heavy use such routes became quagmires and too deep to pass, so another would be started nearby. At this spot near to Grinton Youth Hostel, packhorse trains carrying lead and other travellers have produced several parallel holloways down the hillside over the years. Motorised transport has led to the establishment of a single routeway, well-drained and with a metalled surface. The remaining routes have grassed over leaving a permanent record.
Wright, Geoffrey N (1985) Roads and Trackways of the Yorkshire Dales. Ashbourne: Moorland Publishing


Site lies half a mile from Grinton on the Grinton to Leyburn road at the junction with the road to Redmire. Small car parking area next to site.

Public Transport Details

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


Viewable from car parking area.

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