4. The Danby Beacon Area
4a. Danby Beacon itself at the top of Beacon Hill
The tumulus on Danby Beacon and the old trip point and before/after the introduction of the new gas fired beacon. OS grid 736093
There are wide ranging views through 360o.
The low long hump is one of the last traces of the radar station that stood here in WWII
4b. The medieval track that runs east from Danby Beacon.
The tumulus burial mound of Brown Rigg Howe dues east of Danby Beacon
Stump Cross (OS grid ref. NZ 744094) is just off the old medieval road that ran down from Danby Beacon to Stonegate (mill) and lies between danby Beacon and Brown Rigg Howe.
4c. Robin Hood's Butts
There are several tumuli burial mounds just south of the A171 near the turnoff for Danby.Its a favourite grass spot for sheep to gather amongst the wastelands of braken!
4d. Three Howes Rigg
The three bronze age burial mounds, of Three Howes Rigg (Black Dike Moor?), north of Danby Beacon on Easington High Moor (Scaling Dam is beyond them out of sight). The memorial stone in the foreground, near Lealholm Moor, is shown and explained in detail below.
This stone found between Danby Beacon and the Three Howes Rigg, is a memorial to a Hannah Colling (in Lealholme records) (Coling on stone) who perished in a snowstorm on Lealholm Moor on the 21st January 1848. She died aged 29, and her body wasn't found for three days.
The Long Stone, a menhir, magalithic standing stone, from the prehistoric neolithic-early bronze? age, just north of the Three Howes Rigg. Has it been used as an estate boundary stone?
The Isolation of the Longstone north of Danby Beacon (part of the ridge in the background)
The Plaque dedicated to radar detection system that was based on Danby Beacon and the war hero, Flight Lieutenant Peter Townsend, the man who never married Princess Margaret. The plaque is on the left of the west-east road up to Danby Beacon. Archaeology of the future!
4e. The Pit Alignment
This extensive pit allignment is found near the Long Stone and Three Howes Rigg on Easington High moor.
Its difficult to see from the photographs but the are multiple pairs of holes, now filled with reeds and/or water. You can see their positions clearly using Google Earth. Canon Atkinson referred to it as a 'British Village' but it is more likely to be a boundary marker - unfinished?
4f. Oakley Walls
The shafts of old coal pits lie above the road along Oakley Walls. Some are 60ft (~19m) deep and stoned lined. The coal was of poor quality and fired the limekilns on the edge of the limestone parts of the tabular Hills.
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