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Moorland Drystone Wall


Up on the high moorland of Yorkshire there are small roads by which we can traverse the region. One thing that visitors will note. besides the numerous sheep that forage on this barren scrub, are the drystone walls. Built by farmers and shepherds to mark boundaries and hem their wandering livestock, these walls are a built by a craft that is slowly disappearing. Drystone walls are, by their very nature, walls without mortar. They are held together by an inherent engineering genius  of the craftsmen that erected them. Slightly broader at the base than the apex, the stones are chosen for their fit as they are not cut to size, the whole becomes a testament to the gritstone and limestone bones below these lands. This is a view of a wall end beside the road that I found particularly fascinating.

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