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Barn (Cowhouse) at Keld in Swaledale


There are an estimated 6,200 old, traditional farm buildings in the Yorkshire Dales national Park. Stone field barns (or ‘Cowhouses’) are a particular feature of dales like Swaledale and Wensleydale – see Wensleydale Dairy Days pages on the YDNPA website to find out more about how the buildings fitted into the farming practices.

Stone-built barns can support some special species like Bats, Barn Owls and Swallows.