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Dales Stone Barn by Trevor Kersley

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Found on the road between Hawes and Kettlewell.in the Yorks Dales National Park.

The defining characteristic of the Yorkshire Dales for many, is the intricate pattern of stone walls and field barns that leave no part of the valley floors and sides untouched. These are the legacy of upland hill farming which has formed a unique historic landscape. The barns were built in haymeadows, to house the annual crop. Cattle were then kept in the byre end of the barns over the winter months and fed on the hay, their manure being used to fertilise the hay-meadow to ensure a good crop the next year. And so the cycle continued year after year. This proved a more efficient way of farming than centralising it at the farmstead. A farm may have had up to ten barns in the fields and many farmers can still remember having to go to each twice daily to water the cows. The majority of the field barns were built between 1750 and 1850, although they continued to be built through the first decades of this century. A con- servative guess of the number of field barns in the Yorkshire Dales must exceed 6,000. At their densest there are over 100 per square kilometre, or one every 100 metres.

Pentax K10D 18-55mm
1/250 f6.7 ISO100


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field, stone, valley, barn, farming, crops, dales, hawes, kettlewell, haymeadows

Comments

  • TriciaDanby
    TriciaDanbyalmost 4 years ago

    Sweet :)
    Lovely landscape!

  • Thank you very much Tricia

    – Trevor Kersley

  • 1stImpressions
    1stImpressionsalmost 4 years ago

    nice one mate

  • cheers Steve

    – Trevor Kersley

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtalmost 4 years ago

    A stone barn, I don’t think I’ve ever seen one before. Great capture!

  • Thank you Cee for your comments….Stone barns are all over the Yorks Dales National Park.

    – Trevor Kersley

  • Adri  Padmos
    Adri Padmosalmost 4 years ago

    Beautiful rural image, Trevor!

  • Thank you my friend Adri.

    – Trevor Kersley

  • Ruth Lambert
    Ruth Lambertalmost 4 years ago

  • Thank you very much for the feature Ruth.

    – Trevor Kersley

  • Terrie Taylor
    Terrie Tayloralmost 4 years ago

    Beautifully done,congratulations on your feature.

  • Thank you very much for your kind comments Terrie.

    – Trevor Kersley

  • DaveHrusecky
    DaveHruseckyover 2 years ago

    Really very beautiful Trevor.

  • Thanking you Dave

    – Trevor Kersley

  • Ruth Lambert
    Ruth Lambertover 2 years ago

  • Many thanks for the feature Ruth

    – Trevor Kersley

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