Rough Haw enclosure MYD1636 (c) YDNPA, 2023
The prehistoric enclosure on Rough Haw consists of a stone dump rampart of very loose and mostly unstructured form. The rampart follows the contours along the edge of the steep scarp around Rough Haw, enclosing an area of around 7 hectares (17 acres). The width of the rampart is fairly consistent, 2.5 metres on average and the outer face ranges from 0.8 to 1.8 metres high. A break on the west side of the enclosure may have been the original entrance. It is approached by a hollow way that ascends the steep natural slope obliquely. There are no features visible in the interior of the enclosure.
In spite of the large rampart, the enclosure is in fact poorly sited for both defence and occupation. It commands extensive views and this, along with the weirdly shaped gritstone outcrops on the plateau, has led archaeologists to suggest that the site may have had some sort of ritual purpose.
The site is undated but may be Neolithic or Bronze Age, based on its construction and form.
View of Rough Haw MYD1636 (c) YDNPA, 2023