Shorn Cross

Historical Environment Record No:
Kettlewell with Starbotton
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Shorn Cross MYD4146 (c) YDNPA, 2023

Shorn Cross MYD4146 (c) YDNPA, 2023

This medieval boundary marker consists of the base of a stone cross with the broken shaft lying nearby. It is described as the Shorn Cross in a late 14th century perambulation so clearly it was damaged at an early date. It is located on the top of a Bronze Age round barrow and may once have marked a point on the boundary of the Coverham Abbey estate at Kettlewell.

View of Shorn Cross MYD4146 (c) YDNPA, 2023

View of Shorn Cross MYD4146 (c) YDNPA, 2023


Moorhouse, Stephen (2003) ‘The anatomy of the Yorkshire Dales: deciphering the medieval landscape’ in Manby, T G et al (eds) (2003) The Archaeology of Yorkshire: an assessment at the beginning of the 21st century. Yorkshire Archaeological Society Occasional Paper No 3 pp298-362


From Starbotton, take the public bridleway heading east for 1 1/4 miles. The cross is up an embankment to the right of the track, 90 metres before it joins another track, called Top Mere Road.

Public Transport Details

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


Steep climbs. Rough, stony track.