Since 2009 The Friends have been working with the Nidderdale AONB Drystone Walling volunteers to rebuild the medieval Park Pale that encloses the site of the Estate’s original Deer Park.
The eastern side of the wall runs along the Old Medieval Road, now a public Bridleway, and was in a bad state of repair. The full length of the wall is Scheduled as an Ancient Monument, as is the ground it is built on and the area it contains. After consultation with (the then) English Heritage it was agreed that only the bottom two courses of stone were likely to be in their original settings – the stones higher up having been reset by generations of Estate and Farm workers over the centuries.
Permission was granted for the wall to be rebuilt, providing its original state was photographically recorded prior to any stones being moved.