Friday, 3 March 2017

The Three Peaks on a Late Autumn Afternoon

Intricate Details in November Light

The late afternoon light, 15 minutes before sunset - captured the great glaciated valley of Chapel-le-Dale perfectly as I continued my research into the Ingleborough rocks.

Here, zoomed in from Thornton - you can clearly see the Falls Foot Landslip in the Yoredale Series making up the cone of Ingleborough.

Earlier I'd visited Settle - my favourite town, backed by the impressive High Hill.

High Hill is composed of reef limestone.  It was effectively a barrier separating shallow water at top left from deeper water on the right, 330 million years ago, that is!

Evidence of glaciation: the flat-floored Ribblesdale, near Horton.

Penyghent dominates Ribblesdale like a great slumbering lion.

The great Drumlin Field of North Ribblesdale.  Glacial debris smoothed over by ice - but to be honest, no one can entirely agree how drumlins were formed.

The great viaduct of Batty Green at Ribblehead, backed by Whernside - the highest point in Yorkshire.

Looking across glacial drift to the hamlet of Chapel-le-Dale.

 The wonderful pavements of Southerscales, Ingleborough's finest.

It's often described as unimpressive - but certainly from here Whernside appears majestic.

Southerscales pavements looking north to Ribblehead.

A lonely tree on the pavements is always worth a picture.

The edge of the pavements - with weathered blocks of limestone.

Ingleborough from Thornton in Lonsdale.

Chapel-le-Dale - showing the magnificent glaciated trench, captured in the early evening light.

Even the skies joined in the artistry this afternoon.

Sunday, 23 October 2016

Above Twisleton Scars

The Legacy of Retreating Ice

A stroll behind St. Leonards' Church at Chapel-le-Dale leads to Britain's most spectacular limestone pavement.

Twisleton Scars on the west side of Chapel-le-Dale, where different strengths in the beds of Great Scar Limestone have resulted in a series of steps in the landscape.

The Scars are bissected by a series of faults. They form a beautiful panorama.

St. Leonard's Church, Chapel-le-Dale - rustic and perfect in the landscape.

Behind the church are windows into the normally subterranean Chapel Beck.   This is Jingle Pot - one example, and so called because of the noises pebbles make when thrown into the depths.

Nearby is the famous Weathercote Cave - where Chapel Beck plunges to basement level out of one flooded cave - and into another.  The magnificent waterfall emerges behind the great wedged boulder of Mohammed's Coffin.

Weathercote Cave: note the variety of faces in the rock, overlooking the awe-inspiring scene.

As we walk up the lane past the church, we encounter the eerie statue, created by Charles L'Anson.

The plaque says it all.   The Hurtle Pot Boggart getting a honourable mention.

Alternative view of the Statue.

Whernside looks great as we move onto the plateau of Scales Moor.

Typical Dales limestone walling.

Gritstone boulder - one of hundreds of erratics resting on the limestone pavements, left behind by the ice retreat 11,000 years ago.

The pavements become ever more spectacular, as does the backdrop.

Ingleborough towers over the landscape.

My two obliging daughters add a sense of scale.

The pavements of Scales Moor.

Towards the north end, away from the North Craven Fault, the clints are larger - being more broken towards the fault line.

Limestone sculpture.

Beautifully weather-worn sandstone erratic.

Looking across Chapel-le-Dale at the  old quarry exposing the basement rocks beneath the Great Scar Limestone.

The basement rocks exposed.

These rocks are 500 million years old!

Ingleborough sits on a massive plinth of Great Scar Limestone - laid down in a tropical sea 340 million years ago.  What a view this is - the best of the mountain in my opinion.

I can never quite decide on the best photograph.  Just one awesome place. 

Sunlight catches the limestone superbly.

Boulder clay deposited by the glacier - smothers the pavements to the extreme north of the plateau.

He was having none of it!

Twisleton Scars: the pavement lie on top, and Whernside can be seen popping up on the right.