Mill Gill meadows and cowhouses

The hot sunny weather means that cutting and baling winter fodder is now in full-swing in Wensleydale. We were reminded during a walk up Mill Gill in Askrigg, of how important the old stone barns or cowhouses once were for storing the summer hay crop in order to feed the cattle tethered inside over the long winter months.

Of course nowadays the field barns are mostly empty and it’s more likely to be silage being made rather than hay.

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