Scotts Dyke was an extensive embankment running north eastwards from just south of Richmond. It crossed the Brompton-on-Swale Road at Easby and then veered north to cross the Darlington Road, marking the eastern edge of the current Richmond boundary. It continued northwards on a line east of Gilling and Melsonby terminating at the Brigantian fortification at Stanwick (see also Battle at Scotch Corner).
The purpose of the Dyke is not known. Possibly it was a boundary but if so the effort involved in building it seems disproportionate. It may have been a defensive fortification. The date of the Dyke has not been determined but it is almost certainly pre Roman.
The outline of the Dyke can still be seen in some places notably the eastern edge of Richmond (as shown below). Although much reduced in one or two places the extent of the emabankment an earth and stone mound may still be seen. From the highest remaining point there is a commanding view eastwards and south east to the North Yorkshire Moors and the Vale of York.
The outline of the Dyke is clearly visible (view South West) At its tallest point the Dyke is perhaps 7 to 10 metres in height
Looking in the opposite direction the spine is very evident
The Dyke is made from loose packed stones and earth
Sunrise over Scots Dyke
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