Garsdale Common shieling site

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Garsdale Common shieling site MYD33703 (c) YDNPA, 2023

Garsdale Common shieling site MYD33703 (c) YDNPA, 2023

The remains of a probable Medieval settlement consisting of a series of interconnected enclosures and building foundations. In all about six buildings and approximately eight interconnected enclosures have been identified by field archaeologists. A modern sheepfold and limestone quarry overlie the site and several shaft heads of coal mines exist nearby. The location of the site high in the hills suggests that it was probably occupied seasonally for the control and protection of livestock and possibly also for mining.


From Garsdale Station take Coal Road heading south to Dent Station. Site lies on left hand side of road after about 1 mile and about 100 metres away from roadside wall. Not easy to spot. No public access. View from roadside.

Public Transport Details

Nearest town/village: Garsdale Station. Call Traveline on 0870 608 2 608 to plan your journey. After the welcome message key in 874 for Cumbria information.


Viewable from roadside, but over 1.2 metre high wall.