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Millstones, Birkdale Common, Coast to Coast

Millstones, Birkdale Common, Coast to Coast

Birkdale Common

Birkdale Common is a huge blanket bog sitting above Birk Dale between Kirkby Stephen and Keld. The Coast to Coast path traverses the blanket bog on what drier ground there is. Recent improvements to the path make it more palatable. Millstones is an area of Birkdale Common, at the south east end of Coldbergh Side. It is almost certainly named after the millstone grit beneath the turf, with evidence thereof lying around. In the past this will have been a millstone quarry, as the name of the area implies, used for such purposes as dry-stone walling.

This is part of the east-west gritstone plateau that runs north and south of Swaledale, and which converge at the dale's head. Birkdale Common is managed for grouse shooting purposes, and there is a shooting box just a mile from Millstones, on the Coast to Coast path near to where Ney Gill springs. There are lines of grouse butts between the shooting box and Ney Gill.

Millstones is one of the drier areas of Birkdale Common and it is not uncommon to see people picnicking there during the barmy summer months.
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Cairn at Millstones

Satellite image of Millstones

Millstones Quarry
Approaching Millstones on the Coast to Coast
Coast to Coast near Millstones
More evidence of Millstone Grit on the path
Millstone Grit at Millstones
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The Wild Beauty of the Coast to Coast Path

The Wild Beauty of the Coast to Coast Path is designed both as a trail guide, and as an informative and adventurous travelogue. Written by Roy David McKee, this is a must-read for anyone contemplating the walk.

The book is available from the iBooks store and has been digitally enhanced.

Features of the Book:
  • Route described in detail
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  • Hundreds of colour photographs that can be expanded to full page
  • Photo-galleries of particular areas of interest.
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