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Registered Charitable Incorporated Organisation Number 1155775
SWAAG Honorary President:
Tim Laurie FSA

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 *****SWAAG_ID***** 991
 Date Entered 06/05/2017
 Updated on 07/05/2017
 Recorded by Tim Laurie
 Category Geological Record
 Record Type Geological HER
 SWAAG Site Name 
 Site Type 
 Site Name 
 Site Description 
 Site Access Public Access Land
 Record Date 05/05/2017
 Location Sleightholme Beck, Trough Heads
 Civil Parish Bowes
 Brit. National Grid NY 965 113
 Altitude 340m
 Geology Complete section through the Great Limestone revealed at The Trough, a fine fault controlled gorge cut by Sleightholme Beck. The Great limestone is overlain by black shales with lingula band close to the base.
 Record Name Sleightholme Beck, Trough Heads. A walk beside this fine limestone gorge.
 Record Description The water worn limestone features of this fine stream cut gorge were seen at their very best during this walk. Sleightholme Beck was reduced to a trickle by recent drought conditions. This allowed the polished limestone features usually obscured by torrent conditions to be admired.
The inaccessible limestone cliff lined gorge provides security for a rich flora with many fine specimen trees including one exceptionally large yew tree.
 Dimensions See photos
 Geographical area 
 Scientific Name 
 Common / Notable Species 
 Tree and / or Stem Girth 
 Tree: Position / Form / Status 
 Tree Site ID 0
 Associated Site SWAAG ID 0
 Additional Notes SAFETY NOTE! The top edges of these tree lined limestone cliffs are not protected and those subject to vertigo or unfamiliar with dangerous cliffs are advised not to approach the edge of the ravine. Those familiar with such places must take due care. View from a safe distance!
 Image 1 ID 7293         Click image to enlarge
 Image 1 Description Trough Heads, view upstream. Dry conditions.
 Image 2 ID 7294         Click image to enlarge
 Image 2 Description The tree lined gorge.
 Image 3 ID 7295         Click image to enlarge
 Image 3 Description Trough Heads, view upstream with yew.
 Image 4 ID 7296         Click image to enlarge
 Image 4 Description Early purple orchid.
 Image 5 ID 7297         Click image to enlarge
 Image 5 Description Limestone cliff with yew and recent collapse.
 Image 6 ID 7298         Click image to enlarge
 Image 6 Description View downstream with yew.
 Image 7 ID 9299         Click image to enlarge
 Image 7 Description One of two adjacent limekilns, detail.
 Image 8 ID 7300         Click image to enlarge
 Image 8 Description One of two adjacent limekilns, detail.
 Image 9 ID 7301         Click image to enlarge
 Image 9 Description One of two adjacent limekilns, detail.
 Image 10 ID 7302         Click image to enlarge
 Image 10 Description One of two adjacent limekilns, detail.
 Image 11 ID 7303
 Image 11 Description 
 Image 12 ID 7304
 Image 12 Description 
 Image 13 ID 7305
 Image 13 Description Herb Robert. Basal rosette in fine colour on the limestone.
 Image 14 ID 7306
 Image 14 Description This is a place to sit, watch the wagtails and look.
 Image 15 ID 7308
 Image 15 Description Detail of the water worn limestone in the Gorge.
 Image 16 ID 7309
 Image 16 Description 
 Image 17 ID 7310
 Image 17 Description 
 Image 18 ID 7311
 Image 18 Description Fossil coral. Dibunophyllum sp.
 Image 19 ID 7312
 Image 19 Description Fingered saxifrage. (Saxifraga tridactylites).
 Image 20 ID 7313
 Image 20 Description Pot holes.
 Image 21 ID 7314
 Image 21 Description 
 Image 22 ID 7315
 Image 22 Description Trough Heads fall, now dry but a torrent in spate
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