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

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 *****SWAAG_ID***** 979
 Date Entered 25/02/2017
 Updated on 27/02/2017
 Recorded by Tim Laurie
 Category Photographic Record
 Record Type Northern Britain
 SWAAG Site Name 
 Site Type 
 Site Name 
 Site Description 
 Site Access Public Access Land
 Record Date 24/02/2016
 Location Cotherstone Moor. Hunder Beck upstream from Mawmon Sike and its tributaryGills, Crawlaw Gill and Slates Fell Gill
 Civil Parish Cotherstone
 Brit. National Grid NY 929 169
 Altitude 335m
 Geology Upper Carboniferous, Namurian strata including very thick, black mudstones and silty shales between the Upper Stonesdale Limestone and the Lower Fell Top Limestone. This strata is well exposed within the steep sided stream cut ravines, at waterfalls and at the two ,distant isolated nunatak-like hills which have escaped glaciation. This area is littered with glacial erratic boulders, mainly of local millstone grit but with numbers of shap granite and other igneous rocks of distant origine. These erratic boulders will be the subject of further database records.
 Record Name Hunder Beck and its tributary streams. Part Three upstream from the confluence with Mawmon Sike. A walk on the wild side!
 Record Description This photographic record is intended to provide a flavour of the fine wild Pennine Landscape centred on the two isolated hills of Goldsborough and Shacklesborough. This moorland is an extensive sheep run drained by Hunder Beck and its tributary streams which have cut deep ravines through the soft black shale strata. These moors conceal hidden waterfalls and are home to one of the rarest and most delicate of British Arctic/Alpine flowers- the Yellow Mountain Saxifrage (Saxifraga hirculus). Saxifraga hirculus was recentltly discovered within the equally beautiful wilderness of Stainmore. This is moorland to explore alone or with a friend, not with a rambling group. This area has been the subject of previous swaag database records, as follows: Swaag Record Nos 645,646,647,663,665,842,973 The distribution of Shap Granite erratic boulders photographed during this walk will be the subject of separate Swaag Database Records.
 Dimensions See photographs
 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 Please note that the photographs are listed more or less in the order taken during a walk above and through Hunder Beck Gill, Crawley Gill and Slateshill Gill returning over Hunder Rig. Those of Shacklesborough are included last as they were taken by telephoto lens from Hunder Rig at this walk. I was unable to reach Shacklesborough during this recent walk on a fine February Day and aim to get to it on the next fine day. Years ago I walked across the summit of Shacklesborough and recognised a low round cairn on the summit, presumably a bronze age burial mound. The presence of a ring cairn and of cup and ring marked rocks on the ridge east of Goldsborough and close of West Loups Farm on the Army Battle Hill Firing Range together indicate that these two isolated distinctive hillocks were clearly recognised as special localities during later prehistory.
 Image 1 ID 7195         Click image to enlarge
 Image 1 Description West How Hill. Erratic gritstone boulder split by frost or by lightning perhaps. Distant view of Shacklesborough.
 Image 2 ID 7196         Click image to enlarge
 Image 2 Description Distant view of the waterfall on Mawson Sike and of Shacklesbrough.
 Image 3 ID 7197         Click image to enlarge
 Image 3 Description View northward across Hunder Beck.
 Image 4 ID 7198         Click image to enlarge
 Image 4 Description View through Crawlaw Gill to Shacklesborough
 Image 5 ID 7199         Click image to enlarge
 Image 5 Description Crawlaw Gill. Interlocking spurs.
 Image 6 ID 7200         Click image to enlarge
 Image 6 Description Crawlaw Gill. Interlocking spurs.
 Image 7 ID 7201         Click image to enlarge
 Image 7 Description Crawlaw Gill. Interlocking spurs.
 Image 8 ID 7202         Click image to enlarge
 Image 8 Description The Crawlaw Stone. See also Swaag Record 663.
 Image 9 ID 7203         Click image to enlarge
 Image 9 Description Slateshill Gill and falls.
 Image 10 ID 7204         Click image to enlarge
 Image 10 Description Distant view of Mickle Fell under snow, from Hunder Rig.
 Image 11 ID 7205
 Image 11 Description Shacklesborough from Hunder Rig
 Image 12 ID 7206
 Image 12 Description Shacklesborough from Hunder Rig
 Image 13 ID 7207
 Image 13 Description Stone keeper's hut at head of Crawlaw Gill
 Image 14 ID 7208
 Image 14 Description Stone keeper's hut at head of Crawlaw Gill
 Image 15 ID 7212
 Image 15 Description Saxifraga hirculus photographed on Stainmore
 Image 16 ID 7209
 Image 16 Description View westward from Goldsborough to Shacklesborough
 Image 17 ID 7210
 Image 17 Description Goldsborough, sandstone cliffs
 Image 18 ID 7211
 Image 18 Description Cup and ring marked rock east of Goldsborough
 Image 19 ID 7219
 Image 19 Description Hunder Beck, Shap erratic boulder. One of several similar large boulders recognised on both sides of Hunder Rig upstream to NY9245 1665 during this walk (To be recorded separately later.)
 Image 20 ID 7218
 Image 20 Description Hunder Beck, upper reach. Shap erratic boulder.
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