Birkdale Common

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Birkdale Common Feb 21, 2017
Birkdale Common stretches eastwards from Kirkby Stephen as far as Keld where Swaledale begins -- it's wild and wonderful country as the B6270 winds it's way through superb, unspoilt countryside. Lead mining used to be the industry here dating back even to Roman times, but a decline led to people trying their hand at sheep farming but if that failed they left the area, often heading to the north-east to work in coal mines -- thus the area is dotted with deserted homesteads and the land is dotted with disused lead mines (walkers beware!). The landscape softens as you get nearer Keld and Swaledale but Birkdale Common offers a few miles of wildness as you traverse this part of the Yorkshire Dales.

Directions: Take the B6270 east from Kirkby Stephen
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