Danes Dyke

Andrew Leighton

Camblesforth, United Kingdom

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It’s cold, raining and thoroughly miserable outside today so I’ve had a rummage through the archives and founs a nice shot from earlier in the year. :)
This is a view of Danes Dyke which runs across Flamborough Head, Yorkshire.

“Danes Dyke Local Nature Reserve acquires its name from the ancient ditch and bank earthwork, which runs through the reserve. Danes Dyke runs for 4km across the whole of the Flamborough Headland, from the nature reserve here in the south to Cat Nab on the Bempton Cliffs in the north. It consists of two constructed features, a flat-topped bank and a west-facing ditch. The bank was constructed from earth, stacked turfs and chalk rubble, much of which would have come from the ditch. Undoubtedly constructed as a defensive feature, it would have posed a formidable barrier, topped with a wooden palisade fence. Although no exact date has been given to its construction, comparisons with other post Roman earthworks of a similar size have been made. In particular with Aberford Dykes in the West Riding, which has been dated back to the Dark Ages. Today, Danes Dyke is a Scheduled Ancient Monument of national importance.”

Nikon D40 – 18-55mm

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