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Roman Road (Cam High Road)

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Cam High Road

YDNPA, 2004, (CHR5)


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Roman Road (Cam High Road)

Historical Environment Record No: MYD33159

Parish: various

OS Grid Reference: various

Dale: Upper Wensleydale

Link to Archaeology Data Service:
http://ads.ahds.ac.uk/catalogue/collections/blurbs/420.cfm

Description

A very direct and well-preserved Roman Road runs from Ingleton to the Roman Fort at Bainbridge. This particular section is now known as Cam High Road. After skirting around Wether Fell it follows a rigidly straight alignment before curving down the valley side to Bainbridge. Although now edged by stone walls it is evident that the road was constructed on a slight agger (curve-topped platform) about 4.6 metres wide. No trace of the road survives on the other side of Ingleton but it probably ran on to join another Roman road near Lower Bentham. In the late 18th century the road was resurfaced and formed part of the Richmond to Lancaster turnpike.
Source:
Wright, Geoffrey N (1985) Roads and Trackways of the Yorkshire Dales. Ashbourne: Moorland Publishing

Location

A long stretch can be walked from Bainbridge to the top of Sleddale (about 5 1/2 miles). From Bainbridge, take road to Countersett. After 1/2 mile, Cam High Road (public byway) branches off to right.

Public Transport Details

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

Accessibility

The route is mostly rough and muddy with steep inclines out of Bainbridge. Part of the route can be viewed from the roadside at the top of Sleddale.