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Old Pasture lime kiln, above Conistone

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Old Pasture lime kiln

YDNPA, 2004, (C2)

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Old Pasture lime kiln, above Conistone

Historical Environment Record No: MYD27394

Parish: Conistone with Kilnsey

OS Grid Reference: SD994672

Dale: Upper Wharfedale

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This lime kiln, sited on Old Pasture above Conistone was ideally situated to exploit the limestone outcrops all around it. A field lime kiln such as this one was built to burn limestone. The quicklime produced was then slaked with water to produce calcium hydroxide (slaked lime). This was mostly used to improve grassland by reducing the acidity of the soil, especially of intake land or reclaimed moorland during the enclosures of the 18th and 19th centuries. Slaked lime was also an important ingredient in making lime mortar.
Johnson, David (2002) Limestone Industries of the Yorkshire Dales. Stroud: Tempus


Kiln lies on Dalesway 1 1/4 miles from Conistone and 2 miles north of Grassington. From Conistone take public footpath signed Conistone Dib. At a junction take path signed to Grassington. Cross stile onto Dalesway. Kiln is 1/4 mile further on. Info panel.

Public Transport Details

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


Path is steep, rough and stony in places. Some stiles.

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