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How Hill hillfort

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How Hill, Downholme - aerial photo

YDNPA, 2004, (120/25)

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How Hill hillfort

Historical Environment Record No: MYD5166

Parish: Downholme

OS Grid Reference: SE108980

Dale: Swaledale

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How Hill Iron Age hillfort occupies a strategic position commanding both the Walburn gap and access to Upper Swaledale. The remains of the bank and ditch of the hillfort are still clearly visible on the steeper, west side and although ploughed during the Medieval period, the line of the ramparts is partly fossilized in the ridge and furrow and lynchets that cover the rest of the hill. Source: White, Robert (2002) The Yorkshire Dales. A Landscape Through Time. Ilkley: Great Northern Books


Downholme is on the A6108 between Leyburn (6 miles) and Richmond (7 miles). At Downholme, take the track behind the Vicarage which is opposite the Downholme village sign on the A6108. The site can be viewed to the right 500 metres along this track.

Public Transport Details

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


Track is rough and stony in places.

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