Cray barrow

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Cray barrow MYD4154 (c) YDNPA, 2023

Cray barrow MYD4154 (c) YDNPA, 2023

Bowl barrow above Cray with a modern stone cairn built on top of it. Barrows were common throughout Britain in the early Bronze Age. This example would once have contained the ashes or bones of a local person and possible later on, members of their family. Like many such burial sites, it is located just below the brow of a hill and as well as having a spectacular view down Wharfedale, it would have been a highly visible reminder of the dead to family and friends working in fields in the valley below.

View south down Wharfedale from Cray barrow MYD4154 (c) YDNPA, 2023

View south down Wharfedale from Cray barrow MYD4154 (c) YDNPA, 2023


White, Robert (2002) The Yorkshire Dales. A Landscape Through Time. Ilkley: Great Northern Books


Take public footpath behind White Lion Inn signed to Stubbing Bridge and Yockenthwaite. Continue on path to Scar House. Barrow is 1 1/2 miles from Cray. After crossing a footbridge, barrow is 700 metres further on, 200 metres to right of footpath.

Public Transport Details

Nearest town/village: Cray. 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 in places with stiles and gates.