Sunburn last week but unlikely to happen this week! Passing Ribblehead viaduct this morning on my way to survey in Wensleydale.
I am in the middle of spending a happy couple of weeks back out in the Yorkshire Dales in the vicinity of Ingleborough. We are doing another landscape survey in advance of a programme of peatland restoration works. The survey involves looking at peat erosion scars and any drainage gullies for exposed artefacts such as flint flake scatters. I haven’t managed to get to the summit of Ingleborough so far this year but I should do, weather permitting, by the end of the project.
As I have previously mentioned I am quite partial to limestone scenery and the patterns of erosion and the forces of nature that have shaped it greatly over time. The gorge at Trow Gill is a fine example and is located sandwiched between Ingleborough Cave and the Gaping Gill pot hole. It is particularly scenic at the southern mouth where you follow the footpath up into its narrow confines.
The shake hole pocked area is a contrast between elevated sparse grassland with swathes of blanket peat and lower scarp slopes with exposed limestone pavement fringes. It is on these lower slopes where the greatest concentration of archaeological sites are to be found.
Today I was quite taken with the colour differentiations between the grassland, eroded areas of peat, standing water and sphagnum mosses.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Just a couple of photos of an otherwise fruitless day in the Yorkshire Dales.