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Town Head stackgarths, Askrigg

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Town Head stackgarths, Askrigg

YDNPA, 2004,

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YDNPA, 2004,

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Town Head stackgarths, Askrigg

Historical Environment Record No: MYD36665

Parish: Askrigg

OS Grid Reference: SD948914

Dale: Lower Wensleydale

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Field archaeologists have surveyed a complex of earthworks in the fields around Town Head, Askrigg and discovered evidence for a series of stackgarths. These were raised platforms where straw and corn could be stored around the edges of the fields where the crops were grown. The archaeologists suggested that the Askrigg examples are post-Medieval in date. Some of the stackgarths are closely spaced and run in lines down the hill. Others are randomly spaced around a small stone field barn, which may have replaced them. Source: Moorhouse, Stephen (2003) 'The anatomy of the Yorkshire Dales: deciphering the medieval landscape' in Manby, T G et al (eds) (2003) The Archaeology of Yorkshire: an assessment at the beginning of the 21st century. Yorkshire Archaeological Society Occasional Paper No 3 pp298-362


From Askrigg take Swaledale road north. After 400 metres take public footpath on left signed to 'Askrigg'. Site lies around small barn in field 150 metres down path.

Public Transport Details

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


Footpath is rough and muddy with inclines. Stone step stiles and handgates.

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