Green Hill Pasture stone circle

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Green Hill Pasture stone circle MYD55371 (c) YDNPA, 2023

Green Hill Pasture stone circle MYD55371 (c) YDNPA, 2023

This stone circle is probably of Bronze Age date. It is unusual in appearance, being made up of a selection of natural low boulders rather than upright stones. Several appear to lie just beneath the turf and are almost buried by sediment and none of them project far above the surface of the earth. The circle is about 8 metres in diameter and barely noticeable when the grass and thistles are long. Just to the south is another stone feature (MYD53196), a tight semi-circle of five or more smaller earth fast stones, similarly half buried in sediment. This structure is approximately 2 metres across from end to end, though more may lie beneath the turf. There are few stone circles in this part of the Pennines, but those that do exist appear to draw on a strong cultural tradition of using natural, unmodified stones and small boulders to create structures which are much smaller than the classic stone circles found elsewhere in upland Britain.

The circle lies in a shallow dry valley pitted with shake holes, larger swallow holes and the dry stony bed of a stream which only shows in very heavy rain. It is similar to the Yockenthwaite stone circle in its proximity to a stream bed. Views to the south along the shallow valley are dominated by Barden Moor. Interestingly if one approaches the boulder circle from the north the sight of Simon’s Seat, the tallest and most dramatic peak in the area, dramatically swings into view just before passing the rim of the circle into the centre.

Green Hill Pasture stone circle MYD55371 (c) YDNPA, 2023

Green Hill Pasture stone circle MYD55371 (c) YDNPA, 2023


From Grassington take the road to Yarnbury, and then the bridleway to Conistone which turns off to the north-west just beyond the hamlet. Follow the lane for nearly a kilometre until you come to a gate and enter open moorland. 150m further on a narrow public footpath crosses the track at right angles heading north-east towards Gill House. Follow this footpath for half a mile until you are in the dry stream valley at the bottom of Green Hill Pasture. The path runs by the boulder circle and semi-circle 125m north of the enclosure wall. For further details on Access Land see the Countryside Access website Select OS grid reference on the home page and type in the grid reference listed above. This will give you a printable map of the area, as well as details concerning access. Public rights of way are unaffected by changes in access status.

Public Transport Details

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


The lane and path can be rough and wet in places. On the moorland there is a deep drainage channel to cross and a stile.