A good example of a clearance cairn - a stark example of early farming practice.
The field is full of intrigue. You can smell and feel the past here.
Limestone is never far away of course, such as here at Ellerbeck Rocks.
I took a wander further south where evidence of cairns was even more prolific.
Another superb view of the Ring Cairn.
Close up of the banking structure of the Haws House Ring Cairn.
The stone - looking west towards the lower slopes of Whernside.
Panoramic view of the Haws House Ring Cairn, possibly 3000 years old.
The same cairn, looking west.
The Sleight's Pasture Cairn, looking west.
Evidence of a definite double ring structure.
Is this a possible excavated barrow incorporated into the banking?
The superb Sleight's Pasture cairn looking north east, with some of the large gritstone boulders on the left.
A good view of the northern section and the remains of the 'double ring', with Park Fell in shadow.
Overall, this is still a very impressive structure, despite the amount of destruction over the years.
Whernside and the Sleight's Pasture Neolithic Cairn. I still can't decide which was the Harry Speight circle!
The search for the 'Lost Circle' as seen from the air ...
Beyond, at Fell Close Rocks, the natural architecture is superb.
This limestone duo have real character. Note the prominent landslip on Whernside.
Looking north west from Fell Close Rocks.
The boulders in a wider panorama.
Whernside framed by lonely trees.
Whernside's upper slopes contained a dusting of snow today.
A weathered limestone boulder dropped by the melting ice 12,000 years ago.
Man versus nature. The Ribblehead Viaduct and a cracking boulder, left by melting ice.
A dominant presence!
View of Whernside from the path to Colt Park Wood.
And he's been grinning cunningly, ever since.
'Read it? Read it?' ... Well you nearly have ....
But he looks great from all angles.
As does the living symbol of the Yorkshire Dales ...
The glaciers have left their handiwork everywhere, such as here at New Close Rocks.
The vivid oranges of autumn bracken contrast beautifully with the limestone.
Pointing to a blue heaven, with Penyghent competing.
New Close Rocks - a sea of colour.
And completing our ancient tour with a visit to the fabulous Viking Longhouse at Gauber.
The kitchen is equally impressive. Not exactly 'fitted'!
A quick pop into the Blacksmith's ....
And a last peep through the door of the Longhouse - with the light beginning to fade.
Enjoy wandering in this marvellous ancient landscape ... but respect all monuments, tread with care and be sensitive to the age of these special sites. You'll love the adventure!