Living in the shadow of an Iron-Age hill fort
I went to a local history talk in our village last week and the speaker asked if we knew there was an Iron Age hill fort on our doorstep.
Well a few said they had heard there was one but knew very little. So we were thrilled to be enlightened.
It turns out that on the 800 foot hillside above the village lies one of the ‘top ten’ sites hill forts in the country and the largest in the north of England. The site dates back to 400 BC, covers 60 acres and was once surround by a ditch and perimeter rampart, topped by a wooden palisade, stretching 1.3 miles. Built by the Brigantes tribe it was probably inhabited until the Roman conquest of northern Britain in the first century.
The top of the bank was flattened in the early 1960s for use as a grass landing strip for gliders so much of the ditch and ramparts have disappeared but the walk along the edges above the White Horse with views across to the Pennines and down the Vale of York does follow an undulating path which was once part of the ramparts.
One of my favourite walks for years, only I was unaware of where I was actually walking.
Just goes to show eh!
Image Credit » Photographs Copyright 2015 by Antony J Waller