Langdale End, North Yorkshire OS Map Ref SE937916
OS Maps - Landranger 101 (Scarborough), Explorer OL27 (North York Moors - Eastern Area)
Howden Hill viewed from the southeast.
years several authors have proposed the theory of scared hills, or hill alters.
These ideas suggest that certain hills held a spiritual or ritual significance
to the local population and were the location of ceremonies, also that the significance
of these hills can also sometimes be evidenced by other sites such as stone
circles that stand within their view. One of these proposed hills is situated
to the northwest of the village of Langdale End and the River Derwent in North
Yorkshire and is known as Howden. The whole area covered with hills and when approached
from the southeast Howden does not become visible until just before the road crosses
the river south of the village. From here it suddenly surprises the visitor in
the same way that Silbury Hill does when
approached from the east, indeed Howden and the nearby Blakey
Topping have been called proto-Silburys, the assumption being that the manmade
Silbury was perhaps modeled on hills like these.
From this southeastern direction Howden appears conical and is reminiscent of Glastonbury Tor, but as you move round to the east the trailing spine of the hill becomes visible where a path leads up to a depression on the summit. The author Julian Cope believes that a raised area in Langdale End now occupied by a church could originally have been the site of a stone circle and points out the similar arrangement at Blakey Topping which still has four standing stones at the bottom of its slopes. It is interesting that this hill can be seen on the horizon from the top of Howden and also from the road that leads up to the village of Broxa where both hills can be seen together.
Howden Hill seen from the south
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