1. Westerdale Village and Environs
1a. The prehistoric standing stone
Beautiful purple heather setting for this megalithic stone!
The prehistoric standing stone above Westerdale village on the south-west slope of Westerdale Moor.
1b. Stone alignments on Westerdale Moor
These are probably old field walls from the bronze age?
These are the remnants of ancient field systems on Westerdale Moor.
The deeply etched weathered tops testify to their great 'standing' age.
Remains of ancient field walls (orthostats) above Westerdale village.
1c. Quarrying in Westerdale
One of several quarries above Westerdale Side - many buildings in the area are built of local stone.
1d. Westerdale Bridge
The bridge below the village out on the Westerdale-Kildale road, presumably of medieval origin (possibly its origins lie in the 13th century) and is approached down a 'sunken' lane when descending from the main village .
The medieval bridge has been much rebuilt and strengthened - ribbed vaulting in the form of arches underneath reinforce the original bridge.
The worn stones on the bridge, similar to what you find on the stone trods or pannier ways across the moors and no doubt acted as a pack horse bridge.
1e. Christ Church, Westerdale
The porch contains some early medieval grave slabs, some believed to be associated with the Knights Templar, who had a Grange in Westerdale.
The tallest right tombstone depicts a sword and bow & arrow, so it may be that of a forester?
Duckworth has been a local name for hundreds of years.
The trouble they took in carving headstones of graves (all of these are from the 19th century)
1f. Westerdale Hall.
Westerdale Hall was built before 1874 and was formally a hunting lodge, now a private residence but was for a time a YHA Youth Hostel.
1g. The Prehistoric Crown End Settlement
OS Grid 669074, Garmin eTrex NZ 6687 0738 ? (literature says NZ 660673?)
This Iron-Age settlement is a clear rectangular enclosure ~40m x 40m square, built from earth and stone with maybe three entrances? This stone walled bank enclosure is set on north facing ridge
The stone and earch wall can be clearly seen in places.
Evidence of walling or kerbstones on the western bank.
1h. Dale Head Farm
These were built in 1832 as a shelter for straw bee skips, the forerunners of the modern beehive, and restored in 1983.
Barn ventilation holes - fresh air in and barn owls to catch vermin! Mice/rats?
1i. Bern's Bridge
Bern's Bridge over is on Hograh Moor north-west of Westerdale Village.
Memorial to Alan Clegg (1936-1981) 'Who loved the moors'
Bern's Bridge is dated 1944 and dedication dated December 8th 2000 to Bernard Foulke (Fell Runner)
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