Hard Level Gill dressing floor MYD36606 (c) YDNPA, 2023
Remains of a mechanised lead ore dressing floor associated with the adjacent Old Gang smelt mill. The area was developed from 1785 when Hard Level was begun as a new approach into several mines in the area. It lies on a flat area of ground between Mill Gill to the south, the road to the north and a spoil tip to the west which has partly encroached onto it. A series of seven small bouse teams located in the north west corner of the dressing floor, are almost submerged by the encroaching tip and a number of subdividing walls have collapsed. The bouse teams, where ore was stored before processing, are located on a raised platform a metre above the dressing floor. They are of drystone construction and act as a revetment to the road. There were grinding and crushing machines on the dressing floor in the 19th century as well as subsidiary buildings and a water management system.
Location From Feetham on the B6270 take the minor road north signposted Langthwaite, (in Arkengarthdale). After about 1 mile ignore the right turn. This is followed shortly by a bend, a cattle grid and a bridge. 30 metres past this there is broad metalled track on the left signposted "Bridle Way Only, No vehicles". Walk about 2 miles along this track and the Dressing Floor is on the left about 100 metres beyond the Peat Store.
Public Transport Details Nearest town/village: Feetham. Call Traveline on 0870 608 2 608 to plan your journey. After the welcome message key in 885 for North Yorkshire information.
Accessibility Track is stony and rough with gates.