Educational Access Site

Leighton Hall Farm

County : North Yorkshire

What there is to see and do :

Leighton Hall Farm is a mixed stock farm with sheep and cattle sited in a picturesque valley above Masham. The most engaging feature of the farm is the extensive former WWI camp including the Leeds Pals Memorial. The camp started life as a 'navvy camp' housing workers constructing the nearby water supply reservoirs but was adapted for war service. The Memorial is a poignant reminder of the sacrifices made during the Great War and stands in quiet countryside among the remains of the camp. it is of considerable interest at this time of centenary remembrance.

Flower-rich grassland, Hedgerows, Dry stone walls, Intensive grassland

Farm facts leaflet

Within Nidderdale AONB. Part of the farm is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)

Other features
World War 1 camp and memorial (Leeds Pals) set in open grassland. Includes remains (footings) of huts and other structures which will allow visitors to understand the experience of soldiers preparing to go to war.

Conservation on farm
The area of the camp is managed by sheep grazing to keep a close grass sward which protects the features from damage and erosion whilst allowing visitors to see the layout clearly. SSSI is managed by careful burning in winter to produce fresh new growth for birds and sheep.

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Access end date
30 September, 2024

Information Last Updated
13 May, 2015

To Arrange a visit

If this site is of interest, please contact Charles Metcalfe on telephone number 01765 688793 to arrange a visit.