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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.

Along the road from Hawes.

Pentax K10D 18-55mm


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


  • Jadon
    Jadonalmost 4 years ago

    Wonderful country scene Trevor…Great shot..

  • cheers mate.

    – Trevor Kersley

  • Pat Yager
    Pat Yageralmost 4 years ago

    Trevor! What a helpful description you’ve shared with us on the barns! It gives me so much more appreciation of the hard lives of farmers, especially in those earlier days. Thanks for taking the time to include it with this detailed picture.

  • Thanks very much Pat also for the fav…I’m glad the description helped you.

    – Trevor Kersley

  • bevmorgan
    bevmorganalmost 4 years ago

    Beautiful barn and scene. Thank you for the information on farming in this lovely part of England.

  • Thanks very much for your kind comments also for the fav..Thank you Bev.

    – Trevor Kersley

  • Catherine Hamilton-Veal  ©
    Catherine Hami...almost 4 years ago

    a wonderful rural scene Trevor.x

  • Thanks very much Catherine.×.×.

    – Trevor Kersley

  • JHRphotoART
    JHRphotoARTalmost 4 years ago

    great capture Trevor

  • Thank you Yani & Renata

    – Trevor Kersley

  • Elfriede Fulda
    Elfriede Fuldaalmost 4 years ago

    Beautiful image,,

  • Thank you Elfie also for the fav

    – Trevor Kersley

  • lorilee
    lorileealmost 4 years ago


  • thank you Lori

    – Trevor Kersley

  • Adri  Padmos
    Adri Padmosalmost 4 years ago

    Wonderful rural image, Trevor!
    I’m verry sorry for the few comments on your work the last few weeks; I’m very busy……..

  • thank you Adri…not to worry when you comment its fully appreciated.

    – Trevor Kersley

  • 1stImpressions
    1stImpressionsalmost 4 years ago

    great shot trevor

  • thank you Steve

    – Trevor Kersley

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtalmost 4 years ago

    Excellent capture!!! Beautiful!

  • thank you Cee and for the fav

    – Trevor Kersley

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