Ribblehead clearance cairns

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Ribblehead clearance cairns MYD36611 (c) YDNPA, 2023

Ribblehead clearance cairns MYD36611 (c) YDNPA, 2023

Cairn fields were created during the Neolithic and Bronze Ages when land was being taken into cultivation for the first time. The naturally stony soils of the Dales uplands had to be laboriously dug over by hand and the larger stones removed before crops could be grown. The stones were collected up and piled into cairns dotted about the fields. At Ribblehead, a cairnfield of 19 cairns can be seen. They vary in height from 0.3 to 1 metre but the majority appear to have had large stones or sections removed. Diameters vary from 4 to 8 metres, the majority are grass covered.


Site lies in field on east side of B6255, 500 metres south of Station Inn at Ribblehead. No public access. View from roadside but note busy road with few stopping places.

Public Transport Details

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


Partly viewable from nearby unofficial layby. Note road is busy with few stopping places.