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Penhill Beacon

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Penhill Beacon

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Penhill Beacon

Historical Environment Record No: MYD4437

Parish: West Witton

OS Grid Reference: SE054867

Dale: Lower Wensleydale

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A turf covered flat-topped mound just under a metre high and about 10 metres in diameter is the reputed site of a beacon built in the Elizabethan era at the time of the threatened invasion by the Spanish Armada. There are traces of stone block walling approximately 5 metres square in the centre of the mound which may be the remains of the stone base for the beacon. In 1977 the Queen’s Silver Jubilee was marked by the lighting of a bonfire on the same spot.


From West Witton take the road to Melmerby. After passing Penhill Farm and over cattle grid, take path opposite small car parking space. This leads direct to beacon. Total a just under 2 miles from West Witton

Public Transport Details

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


Steep slopes. Rough going on path.

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