TA2173 : Danes Dyke by the Headland Way

taken 7 years ago, near to Bempton, East Riding of Yorkshire, Great Britain

Danes Dyke by the Headland Way
Danes Dyke by the Headland Way
Danes Dyke runs for 4km across the whole of the Flamborough Headland, from the nature reserve here in the south to Cat Nab on the Bempton Cliffs in the north. It consists of two constructed features, a flat-topped bank and a west-facing ditch. The bank was constructed from earth, stacked turfs and chalk rubble, much of which would have come from the ditch. Undoubtedly constructed as a defensive feature, it would have posed a formidable barrier, topped with a wooden palisade fence. Although no exact date has been given to its construction, comparisons with other post Roman earthworks of a similar size have been made, which has been dated back to the Dark Ages. Today, Danes Dyke is a Scheduled Ancient Monument of national importance.
Headland Way
A linear walk of about 20 miles from the Priory Church in the Old Town of Bridlington to the Coble Landing in Filey. The route follows the coastline around Flamborough Head. Part 4 of the longer East Riding Heritage Trail, which is 4 linked walks connecting Hessle to Filey.
Danes Dyke :: TA2169
Danes Dyke is a bank and ditch earthwork 'wall' which cut off Flamborough peninsula from the mainlaind. Despite the name, the Dyke has nothing to do with the Danes! The exact date of construction is uncertain; some sources put it squarely in the Iron Age (pre-Roman) while others suggest similarities to post-Roman earthworks. and was intended as a defensive structure to protect headland settlements.
The Dyke stretches 4km from north to south, enclosing a total area of about 5 square miles, and includes the most northerly outcropping of coastal chalk in Britain. It was probably topped with a wooden pallisade fence and would originally have created a seriously strong defensive barrier to anyone approaching the headland from the west.
Scheduled Monuments
In the United Kingdom, a scheduled monument is a 'nationally important' archaeological site or historic building, given protection against unauthorised change.
There are about 20,000 scheduled monuments in England representing about 37,000 heritage assets. Of the tens of thousands of scheduled monuments in the UK, most are inconspicuous archaeological sites, but some are large ruins.
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Date Taken
Thursday, 3 June, 2010   (more nearby)
Submitted
Monday, 14 June, 2010
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TA 213 731 [100m precision]
WGS84: 54:8.3922N 0:8.6551W
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OSGB36: geotagged! TA 213 731
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South-southeast (about 157 degrees)
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