Walking Through the Past: Lake District & Yorkshire Dales


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Learn a bit more about the Lake District

The Lake District is a mountainous area north of Morecombe Bay. The steep sided valleys are connected high passes. The area was heavily glaciated. The highest point is Scafell Pike; at 977m it is the highest mountain in England.
There are thousands of top-quality walks in the Lake District; walking has been a mainstay of the area's tourist income for a long time. Amusingly, there is only one lake in the Lakes (Bassenthwaite Lake); all the rest are tarns, meres or waters.

The tough rock was quarried by Neolithic people and crafted into axes. These were exported across Europe. In some places they excavated caves several tens of metres into the crag face. There are a few Neolithic henges and stone circles around the edges of the massif.
There are some Bronze Age villages on the lower slopes. Around the edges of the area are several burial mounds and stone circles.
The Romans stamped their authority in the region with a network of forts and roads. The Romano-British settlements were tough little communities but were always accessible to Roman patrols and rarely caused much trouble.

You can read more about about the Lake District at:
National Park Archaeology
Oxford Archaeology

Learn a bit more about the Yorkshire Dales

The Yorkshire Dales are a region of limestone hills and mountains. The valleys are dramatically glaciated and eroded by water. The highest point is Whernside at 736m. Walks in the Yorkshire Dales can include visits to the stunning limestone pavements.
A classic walk (or even run) is the Three Peaks. This starts and finished in Horton-in-Ribblesdale and visits the summits of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough. It is just short of a marathon distance and can be done in 24hrs walking.
Another popular activity in the Dales is caving.

The area was heavily populated in the Iron Age. There are many settlements in the valleys. The people held out against Romans for a time, building ramparts across strategic passes and holding onto high hillforts. It seems the Romans were content to let things sort themselves out as they built few roads or permanent forts in the hills. This laissez-faire policy obviously worked as the area became full of peaceful Romano-British farmsteads and deities became Romanised.
Later the hills became a stronghold of the Norse against the Normans. Longhouses can be found tucked amongst the limestone pavements.

You can read more about about the Yorkshire Dales at:
National Park Archaeology
Yorkshire Dales Archaeology
Out of Oblivion

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