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Registered Charitable Incorporated Organisation Number 1155775
SWAAG Honorary President:
Tim Laurie FSA

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 *****SWAAG_ID***** 948
 Date Entered 28/08/2016
 Updated on 28/08/2016
 Recorded by Tim Laurie
 Category Burial Mounds and Cairns
 Record Type Archaeology
 Site Access Public Access Land
 Record Date 26/08/2016
 Location Stake Fell
 Civil Parish Bainbridge
 Brit. National Grid SD 940 849
 Altitude 540m
 Geology The Main Limestone.
 Record Name Two small isolated round cairns on Stake Fell
 Record Description This record will place on record two small isolated round cairns located at different viewpoints on Stake Fell.The larger of the two small round cairns is 8m diameter approximately and is located at 540m AOD, close to a public right of way at a high point on Stake Allotments. This round cairn enjoys one of the best all round views in the Pennines with the Howgill Fells and Mallerstang Edge above above the Vale of Eden visible to the west. Distant Eston Nab can be seen some 70miles to the east beyond Penhill. This round cairn is turf covered and is undisturbed. The smaller of the two round cairns is 6m diameter and located slightly lower down at an elevation of 500m on the North Western Edge of Stake Fell. The view from this cairn is directed across Semer Water to the summit Counterset Crag where a similar prehistoric cairn is located. This round cairn is located very close to a 19C allotment wall and is undisturbed except for a small hole has been quarried in the top for stone walling.
 Dimensions 8m and 6m diameter approximately
 Additional Notes Both cairns are circular, steep sided and composed of fragments of limestone. They surely represent the burial sites of transhumant bronze age pastoralists visiting this area of calcareous grassland during the summer months. RIP.
 Image 1 ID 6895         Click image to enlarge
 Image 1 Description Stake Allotments.The larger of the two cairns on Stake Fell and view through Upper Wensleydale to Mallerstang Edge and north west
 Image 2 ID 6896         Click image to enlarge
 Image 2 Description The same cairn with view east beyond Penhill to Eston Nab.
 Image 3 ID 6897         Click image to enlarge
 Image 3 Description View from the cairn and view northward across Addlebrough.
 Image 4 ID 6898         Click image to enlarge
 Image 4 Description Small lead mine shaft mound in foreground. The round cairn in distance,
 Image 5 ID 6899         Click image to enlarge
 Image 5 Description The smaller of the two round cairns on NW Edge of Stake Fell. View over Addlebrough Hill to the north.
 Image 6 ID 6900         Click image to enlarge
 Image 6 Description Same cairn with view across to Counterset Crag
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