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Registered Charitable Incorporated Organisation Number 1155775
SWAAG Honorary President:
Tim Laurie F,S,A,

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 *****SWAAG_ID***** 997
 Date Entered 01/06/2017
 Updated on 17/05/2020
 Recorded by Tim Laurie
 Category Geological Record
 Record Type Geomorphology
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 Site Name 
 Site Description 
 Site Access Public Access Land
 Record Date 31/05/2017
 Location The River Balder upstream of Balderhead Reservoir
 Civil Parish Cotherstone
 Brit. National Grid NY 899 181
 Altitude 335m
 Geology Small ravine cut by upper reaches of Balder Beck through Namurian shales and glacial till.
 Record Name Shap and other erratic boulders on the upper reaches of the River Balder
 Record Description A recent walk on the banks of the River Balder upstream of Balderhead Reservoir identified at least four Shap granite erratic boulders together with a number of other erratics of different rock types. It is of significance that Shap erratics were present upstream only as far as NY8935 1758.
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 Tree and / or Stem Girth 
 Tree: Position / Form / Status 
 Tree Site ID 0
 Associated Site SWAAG ID 0
 Additional Notes This walk is one of a series of walks in search of Shap erratic boulders on the upper reaches of the tributary streams of the R.Tees which rise on North Stainmore. These walks have the aim of identifying the line taken by the ice stream which carried Shap, other volcanic erratic and sedimentary rocks from the North and West- from Vale of Eden, the Lake District and from Galloway, across the National Divide north of the Stainmore Gap, to the South and East.
 Image 1 ID 7358         Click image to enlarge
 Image 1 Description Balderhead Reservoir. Erratic boulder of unid rock type
 Image 2 ID 7359         Click image to enlarge
 Image 2 Description River Balder upstream of the Reservoirs. Shap boulder at NY8990918112
 Image 3 ID 7360         Click image to enlarge
 Image 3 Description Detail of last.
 Image 4 ID 7361         Click image to enlarge
 Image 4 Description  View from last upstream
 Image 5 ID 7362         Click image to enlarge
 Image 5 Description R. Balder. Shap erratic No 2 at NY8986818100
 Image 6 ID 7364         Click image to enlarge
 Image 6 Description R. Balder. Shap erratic No 2 at NY8986818100
 Image 7 ID 7366         Click image to enlarge
 Image 7 Description Borrowdale volcanic erratic in stream
 Image 8 ID 7367         Click image to enlarge
 Image 8 Description Very small Borrowdale volcanic cobble.
 Image 9 ID 7369         Click image to enlarge
 Image 9 Description R.Balder view upstream.
 Image 10 ID 7370         Click image to enlarge
 Image 10 Description Shap No 3 in bank of the R. Balder.
 Image 11 ID 7371
 Image 11 Description Very large Namurian Sandstone erratic boulder near sheepfold
 Image 12 ID 7372
 Image 12 Description View upstream to shale cliff.
 Image 13 ID 7373
 Image 13 Description Many erratic boulders in the stream, most are of Namurian sandstone and Carboniferous limestone
 Image 14 ID 7374
 Image 14 Description Shap Boulder No 4 midstream
 Image 15 ID 7375
 Image 15 Description Distant view to Shacklesborough across Balderhead Reservoir.
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