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Geographers go Deep in Yorkshire

Geographers go Deep in Yorkshire

That old myth suggests Sunday is the day of rest, but not for a bunch of enthusiastic Year 9 geographers and their teachers who set off for on a 230 mile round trip to the depths of Yorkshire.

And deep it was in every sense. Deep in the Pennines was the destination for this group, this geological wonder is where the glaciated Clapdale dissects one of the best uplifted and exposed limestone plateaux in Europe. The group were astounded by the sheer chasm of Trow Gill and the enormity of 350 million years of geological history of this landscape.

As the group ventured into the landscape, the students paused for thought at the naturally eroded cavern, Devil's Kitchen, taking in how the force of glacial meltwater created it and the adjacent gorge, before filtering deep into the porous limestone to leave a dried up waterfall.

The group scrambled up the waterfall reaching the plateau and seeing the deep solution holes that hinted at a vast subterranean world beneath. Bar Pot, Disappointment Pot and Gaping Gill (a 98m deep abyss swallowing the entire Fell Beck as it plummets from Ingleborough) were all explored and the students pondered 'where did it go?' Back at Ingleborough Cave is the answer, with the evidence on show surging from a limestone cliff at its entrance.

The group entered the rock, a third of a mile in, 80m below ground to see calicum carbonate formations suck as stalactites, stalagmites, pillars and flowstones. Along with the cave's fossils, their study can unlock evidence of tectonic upheaval, geological evolution, climate change, glaciation and human history (left by a Victorian speleologist's graffiti). 

If you haven't been to this area of Yorkshire, we highly recommend you going. And we look forward to taking more journeys to the area with future student groups.