Directly uphill from Bank House Farm in Glaisdale are these curious looking 'holes' in a drystone wall.
Set in the boundary wall between field and moor these face the south east so are exposed to the morning sun and sheltered from the prevailing winds. These are built as shelters for straw bee skeps, an early beehive, in which swarms of bees build their nests and of course produce honey. These ones have recently been restored in 2013.
There may be others but I'm not aware of any others in drystone walls. There are however some others built from mortared stone. These include one at Dale Head in Westerdale near a public bridleway (NZ678045) and also six holes next to a farm house on Cropton Lane above Wrelton.
Warning over dairy fat rations - DAIRY farmers have been urged to keep a close eye on the energy intakes and sources of their cows this winter.
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