Welcome to Littondale

Littondale is a peaceful valley in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Its settlements - Hawkswick, Arncliffe, Litton, Halton Gill, Foxup and Cosh - are sited along the shortest river in England, the Skirfare.

This sheltered, fertile valley has been occupied for over 5,000 years and is rich in Bronze Age and Iron Age settlements, mainly on the hill tops above the dale, where traces of circular dwellings and small, square fields remain. Anglian and Viking settlers cleared the trees and established farms along the valley bottom. The villages of Arneclif, Hocheswic and Litone were recorded in the Domesday Survey of 1086. In the 12th century, the monks of Fountains Abbey were given much of Littondale, except for two oxgangs (a small area of land that an ox could plough in a season) and pasture for 300 sheep, which were given to Sawley Abbey.

Littondale was formerly known as Amerdale, probably named for Amer, one of the first Anglian farmers to settle here. Today, the dale is home to around 200 inhabitants and each year welcomes many visitors, perhaps for a hike through our beautiful limestone scenery or staying for a few days to enjoy this quiet place to the full.

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