Kirkhead Cave

Kirkhead Cave

Kirkhead Cave:

Not many people know this (including many locals), so I’ll let you into an amazing Kents Bank secret. 

So, here goes. Kents Bank has its very own cave tucked away on Kirkhead.

Kirkhead Cave is in the Parish of Allithwaite, near Grange-over-Sands, and is one of only three known Palaeolithic caves in Cumbria.

Palaeolithic caves and rock shelters provide some of the earliest evidence of human activity in the period from about 400,000 to 10,000 years.

Furthermore, following excavation work analysis of some of the bones found in the cave revealed they are the earliest bones known from Northern Britain.

Experts examined a fragment of a human leg bone and radiocarbon dated it to just over 10,000 years old. 

So, this is the earliest known human bone from northern Britain, following the retreat of the polar conditions of the last Ice Age.

The large chamber in Kirkhead Cave has been excavated on numerous occasions going back to the 1860s.

Kirkhead Cave

Further, along with human bones, other bones found included horse, cattle and even elk.

Lothlorien Holiday Cottage in Kents Bank, Grange-over-Sands is an ideal location for visiting Kirkhead Cave.

November 2023: Own your own Ancient Woodland and Stone Age Cave

There is now an opportunity to own a piece of history in Cumbria – an ancient woodland and Stone Age cave in Kents Bank – all for an affordable £100,000.

The 9.06-acre Kirkhead Wood and Kirkhead Cave are currently available on the market through H&H Land & Estates. Don’t miss your chance to buy this unique Cumbrian historical site.

If you are interested in staying at Lothlorien in Kents Bank, Grange-over-Sands,TEL: 07785944194 or enquire here.

Please ask permission to use or copy any photographs from David Chadwick on the above number.




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