Ancient, Ruins
The ancient farmstead at Boonies gives clues to the everyday life of the people of Eskdale before during and after the Roman invasion.

About Boonies

Walk round the protective rampart. See how, as in many similar enclosures, this one is in the V-angle between the Esk on the far side of the site and the small burn running down to join the river. So, if the enclosure was attacked, although it was vulnerable from the NW, it would benefit on two sides from the natural defences of a steep drop down towards the Esk and a lesser slope towards the burn. The extended family living in Boonies were what we’d call small farmers or crofters, whose principal activity would have been rearing animals.

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