Conistone

Information on Conistone, Yorkshire

Conistone is a tiny settlement of just over 100 inhabitants, 3 miles North of Grassington and a mile from Kilnsey at the other side of the river. In Tudor times the villages were combined and known as Conyston cum Kylnesey. Today, the two villages are joined to form the Conistone with Kilnsey Parish and residents meet twice a year to deal with matters affecting the local community. Conistone is set in the heart of Wharfedale’s limestone country, and the hamlet boasts a number of natural attractions close by including the gorge at Conistone Dib and the limestone outcrop of Conistone Pie. The Mossdale Caverns cave system is also East of the village. This was the scene of a tragedy in June 1967 when 6 young cavers died after rainfall flooded Mossdale Beck. It remains the largest loss of life in a British caving accident. The parish church of Conistone, St Mary’s, dates from the 11th or 12th century, and is a Grade II listed building.

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