Kirkhead Cave
Kirkhead Cave where the earliest known human bone from northern Britain was found

Kirkhead Cave

Not many people know this (including many locals), so I’ll let you into an amazing Kents Bank secret. So, here goes. Kents Bank has its very own cave tucked away on Kirkhead. Kirkhead Cave is situated just outside Grange-over-Sands in the Parish of Allithwaite and is one of only three known Palaeolithic caves in Cumbria. Palaeolithic caves and rock shelters provide some of the earliest evidence of human activity in the period from about 400,000 to 10,000 years After excavation work was completed, analysis of some of the bones found in the cave revealed they are the earliest bones known from Northern Britain. Experts took a fragment of a human leg bone and radiocarbon dated it to just over 10,000 years old. This is the earliest known human bone from northern Britain, following the retreat of the polar conditions of the last Ice Age. The large chamber in Kirkhead Cave has been excavated on numerous occasions over the years going back to the 1860s. Along with the human bones, other bones have been found including horse, cattle and even elk. https://www.nwemail.co.uk/features/nostalgia/16454498.south-cumbrian-caves-give-up-their-secrets/

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Allan Bank
Allan Bank, Grasmere, Cumbria

Allan Bank

Allan Bank is a beautiful National Trust property on the edge of Grasmere. It is a former home of Canon Rawnsley who was a founder of the National Trust. The…

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