Moist mossy exposures

Sunlight and brooding sky

Sunlight and brooding sky

Today brought a long car journey followed by a whistle-stop tour in the morning murk and driving rain around a small parcel of moorland near Grassington in the Yorkshire Dales. Thankfully the cloud lifted in the afternoon leaving a brooding and occasionally bright sky.

Dark day in the Dales

Dark day in the Dales

We were doing landscape survey in advance of a programme of peatland restoration works. The survey entailed looking at peat erosion scars and any drainage gullies for exposed artefacts such as flint flake scatters. This was difficult due to the area being quite waterlogged in places.

Tufty regrowth

Tufty regrowth

We also covered the ground looking for upstanding archaeological monuments to record, which must then be avoided by any vehicles coming onto the moorland to do any later remedial works. In these parts the archaeology is almost entirely associated with lead mining as is seen at the extensive lead mining complex nearby at Grassington.

Lead mining near Grassington, Yorkshire Dales

Lead mining near Grassington, Yorkshire Dales

I am a bit too fond of limestone scenery, especially limestone pavement, but unfortunately the light conditions and my poor photography didn’t do it much justice today!

Eerie limestone pavement

Eerie limestone pavement

I did really like these spooky trees that we found protruding from the limestone pavement as we headed back down into the valley, and I am quite partial to the different ways limestone erodes over time.

Eroded limestone boulder

Eroded limestone boulder

Overcast in the Yorkshire Dales National Park

Yew Cogar Scar, Arncliffe, Yorkshire Dales

Yew Cogar Scar, Arncliffe, Yorkshire Dales

Kilnsea Crag, Yorkshire Dales

Kilnsea Crag, Yorkshire Dales

Just a couple of photos of an otherwise fruitless day in the Yorkshire Dales.