Medieval field systems – Conistone

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Conistone with Kilnsey
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Medieval field systems- Conistone MYD36676 (c) Robert White, 2004

Medieval field systems- Conistone MYD36676 (c) Robert White, 2004

Two areas of cultivation terraces and lynchets, north and south of the village of Conistone, are situated on the west facing slope of the Wharfe valley between 200 metres and 244 metres OD. These field systems are likely to be Medieval. The terracing was built up over years of ploughing and piling up stone along the field edges on the hillside. The flat areas created were easier to cultivate and had a greater depth of soil than on the normal hillside. The example given here is part of the northern area of fields that lie beside Scot Gate Lane.


Raistrick, A & Chapman, S E (1929) ‘The Lynchet Groups of Upper Wharfedale’ Antiquity. Vol 3 pp165-181


Fields lie about 300 metres north of the village of Conistone on east side of road to Kettlewell. They can be viewed from the roadside or from Scot Gate Lane.

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


Viewable from roadside.