A shaft of sunlight falls upon Sleddale Farm, an island of cultivation in a sea of dull heather moorland.
The name itself means “a wide flat valley”. The farmhouse is probably Victorian but it’s been cultivated since at least the 16th-century. At the dissolution of Gisborough Priory, Henry VIII granted its grange, Sleddale Close, to Thomas Leigh. It is listed as two acres but with no house. Compare this with Lounsdale, under the same grant, which lists one house, two acres meadow, two acres arable, and some common pasture. These acreages are not big, two acres being about the size of a football pitch.