For many years walkers in the Yorkshire Dales, have ‘traditionally’ added to modern day rock cairns when they achieve a summit or a particular place along a Dale walk.  Unfortunately they rob stones from old Bronze Age burial cairns to build these ‘achievement’ cairns and also windbreaks.

This weekend to repair some of the damage a local archaeologist Yvonne Luke and YDNPA Dales volunteers will take on the task of dismantling some of these modern cairns. Beamsley Beacon, which is near  Bolton Abbey, has a Bronze Age stone cairn which dates back over 4500 years ago, and has been robbed over the years, a further smaller cairn has also suffered from the same type of damage.