Limestone Pavement

The limestone pavement at Great Asby Scar

The limestone pavement at Great Asby Scar

I have just spent a happy couple of hours in the company of Jan Hicks from the Lunesdale Archaeology Society, and we wandered around the common land at Orton and Great Asby Scars in the Eden Valley.

A shieling with stock enclosures at Great Asby Scar

A shieling with stock enclosures at Great Asby Scar

There may be the potential for the group to undertake basic walkover landscape survey on the fells there. Several years ago I undertook both walkover and detailed surveys of settlement/field-systems on Little Asby common which lies adjacent to this area for the Friends of the Lake District. It would be really great to see if further work could be done by volunteer groups in the area.

The area we visited has spectacular limestone pavement exposures and is partly a National Nature Reserve. Archaeology-wise cursory inspection revealed fragmentary remains of enclosures, field-systems, shielings and cairns upon them.

We visited Castle Folds Iron Age/Romano-British enclosed settlement and on the way back down from the fells we passed Gamelands Stone Circle.

Gamelands stone circle viewed from Knott hill

Gamelands stone circle viewed from Knott hill

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