Begin Hill, Smardale, Crosby Garrett, Coast to Coast

Begin Hill is a small hilltop on the eastern finger of Crosby Garrett Fell, overlooking the dismantled Smardale Railway. The hill is known for its several Roman settlements and nearby pillow mounds. Severalls and Intake are two such settlements and they are each listed as scheduled monuments by Historic England. The standard interior layout for this type of settlement was to include one or more stone round-houses near the rear of a curved stone enclosure. They would face towards the enclosure entrance. There are at least four such settlements on Begin Hill.

The Coast to Coast walk crosses over the top of Begin Hill and descends to the dismantled railway in the Smardale Valley. The tracks have been removed from this and it is now a smooth surfaced path. The side of Begin Hill falling to the railway is craggy and precipitous. There is a disused limestone quarry and a large 19th century double lime kiln. The lime kilns, known by their listed name of Smardale Gill Lime Kilns, date back to the 18th century. That limestone was worked in this area is hardly surprising in view of the nearby Roman settlements, as the Romans were the first people to do so in England.

The many stone farmhouses and barns in the area promulgated as a result of the increased popularity of limestone building around the end of the 17th century. Burnt lime was used at the end of the 18th century to improve the quality of the farmed crops.
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Top of Begin Hill

Begin Hill

Double disused Limekiln at the foot of Begin Hill

Double Lime Kilns at Smardale

Smardale Gill and Valley from Begin Hill

Smardale Gill
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