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Ancient Ruins

These decaying walls are the remains of Dob Park Lodge, a once-proud building which is falling apart at the seams. It is perched on high ground in the Yorkshire Dales in a spot which commands a fine view of the Washburn Valley's rolling landscape.

 

The Lodge was constructed in the seventeenth century and was recognised as such when it was officially scheduled as an Ancient Monument in 1997. It marks the Northern verge of the Forest of Knaresborough and is thought to have been one of three Hunting Lodges (otherwise known as 'Castelets') connected with the preservation of deer and other wild animals of the chase. The other two were Padside Hall and John o' Gaunt's Castle (near Haverah Park).

 

The structure is sadly in a very bad condition and looks like it may not last much longer. After being blasted with four hundred years of moorland winds, the fields of Dob Park could bid farewell to these stony towers in the near future.

 

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Taken on January 4, 2010