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Viewing website implies consent to set cookies on your computer. Full details Swaledale and Arkengarthdale Archaeology Group
Registered Charitable Incorporated Organisation Number 1155775
SWAAG Honorary President:
Tim Laurie FSA

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 *****SWAAG_ID***** 651
 Date Entered 06/12/2012
 Updated on 06/12/2012
 Recorded by Tim Laurie
 Category Tree Site Record
 Record Type Botanical HER
 Site Access Public Footpath
 Record Date 05/12/2012
 Location Arkengarthdale, photographed from the track to Castle Farm and from the Moor Edge footpath
 Civil Parish Reeth
 Brit. National Grid NZ 030 012
 Altitude 250m
 Geology Drift covered Dale sides and flood plain gravels
 Record Name The ashwoods, yew woods and alderwoods of Arkengarthdale
 Record Description This record is of the different woodlands seen on Fremington Edge and by Arkle Beck on a fine winter's day from the track to Castle Farm and from the Moor Edge Footpath. For details of the trees and woods see photo captions.The woodlands seen include Yews on the limestone scars, and on the lower slopes. Ashwoods, ash trees and ancient hawthorns in relict hedgerows on the lower slopes. Alderwoods with self seeded scots pines by the Arkle Beck.
 Dimensions See photographs
 Geographical area Swaledale North Bank Catchment
 Species Yew woodlandfragments on the limestone scars and lower slopes below Fremington Edge. Ashwoods on the lower slopes. Alderwoods with scots pine by the Arkle Beck
 Additional Notes The very many ancient specimen trees of different species seen will each be recorded seperately on the Woodland Trust Ancient Tree Hunt website at It is of note that not a single birch tree has been recorded on the slopes above Arkle Beck downstream of Sleigill. In contrast, upstream of Sleigill Downy Birch is the dominant native tree in many places.
 Image 1 ID 3796         Click image to enlarge
 Image 1 Description Arkengarthdale from the Moor Edge Path above Castle Farm.
 Image 2 ID 3797         Click image to enlarge
 Image 2 Description Fell End with very large cliff yews from the Moor Edge Path
 Image 3 ID 3798         Click image to enlarge
 Image 3 Description The Moor Edge Path with many fine veteran ash trees.
 Image 4 ID 3799         Click image to enlarge
 Image 4 Description A veteran ash tree whose age is betrayed by the pesence of a very large bracket fungus mid way up the trunk.
 Image 5 ID 3800         Click image to enlarge
 Image 5 Description A large veteran ash. These trees will be sorely missed if affected by the recent pathogen.
 Image 6 ID 3801         Click image to enlarge
 Image 6 Description A large veteran ash.
 Image 7 ID 3802         Click image to enlarge
 Image 7 Description Alderwoods and scots pine by Arkle Beck, below Calverside.
 Image 8 ID 3803         Click image to enlarge
 Image 8 Description Alderwoods and scots pine by Arkle Beck
 Image 9 ID 3804         Click image to enlarge
 Image 9 Description Alderwoods and scots pine by Arkle Beck
 Image 10 ID 3805         Click image to enlarge
 Image 10 Description Alderwoods and scots pine by Arkle Beck
 Image 11 ID 3807         Click image to enlarge
 Image 11 Description Ancient coppiced alders by Arkle Beck. Alders were highl useful as their wood does not rot in wet ground, was the preferred wood for soles of clogs and when made into charcoal was the best available for gunpowder manufacture.
 Image 12 ID 3808         Click image to enlarge
 Image 12 Description Detail with milk churn.
 Image 13 ID 3809         Click image to enlarge
 Image 13 Description 
 Image 14 ID 3792         Click image to enlarge
 Image 14 Description Castle Farm and ashwoods by Arkle Beck form the access track.
 Image 15 ID 3793         Click image to enlarge
 Image 15 Description Little red Riding Hood live here perhaps.
 Image 16 ID 3811         Click image to enlarge
 Image 16 Description Castle Farm from the access road with ashwoods and the relict yew wood in the distance.
 Image 17 ID 3812         Click image to enlarge
 Image 17 Description Relict yew woodland, sole surviving fragment of the woodland which may once have extended across the whole of Fremington Escarpment.
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