The Dukes Road

Another ‘roof of the (Yorkshire) world’ shot from smackedpentax.

Walking with a Smacked Pentax

This photo is of the Yarnbury Lead Mining area just outside Grassington in North Yorkshire. The road winding through it is the ‘Dukes New Road’ – named after the landowner The Duke of Devonshire. Between 1821 and 1861 more than 20,000 tons of lead were produced, employing 170 people. The area is now a ruin and the mines haven’t been worked for a century and a half. Few go here now and the area is covered in open mine shafts and crumbling buildings. It is still a fantastic place to explore.

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