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

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 *****SWAAG_ID***** 970
 Date Entered 28/12/2016
 Updated on 28/12/2016
 Recorded by Tim Laurie
 Category Photographic Record
 Record Type Geomorphology
 Site Access Public Footpath
 Record Date 27/12/2016
 Location Gods Bridge
 Civil Parish Bowes
 Brit. National Grid NY 956 126
 Altitude 310m
 Geology This walk follows a permissive footpath along the South Bank of the River Greta downstream from Gods Bridge.Of particular interest are the emergence of springs from small cavities in the limestone close to the river. At least one of these has been shown to be the entrance to a cave. The Greta has formed a slight, (post glacial?) river gorge with fine exposures of the Great or Main Limestone which forms the (mostly) dry bed and banks for a distance of almost a kilometre downstream. The limestone then dips sharply before disappearing below thin bedded chert strata which is well exposed at a fine vertical North Bank Cliff.
 Record Name Gods Bridge, a natural limestone platform over the River Greta and a walk on excellent permissive footpaths downstream
 Record Description This record is a mainly photographic record of the many interesting features seen during winter afternoon walk on the South Bank of the River Greta downstream from Gods Bridge to the permissive footpath through the Pastures of East Mellwaters Farm. The riverside and other permissive paths on East Mellwaters Farm are shown on the excellent Footpath Map displayed at The Farm. See Image Nos below. Whereas this record is of the walk downstream from Gods Bridge, commencing on the Pennine Way where it crosses the A66 at Pasture End I would strongly advise against parking and commencing the walk on the Pennine Way where it crosses the A66 Dual Carriageway from Pasture End. I would advise commencing this walk from East Mellwaters Farm and combining the walk upstream along the river bank to Gods Bridge with a walk on excellent permissive paths around the pastures of the Farm. The entrance to East Mellwaters Farm is off the A66 at Ordnance Survey Grid Reference NY968130.The farm offers accessible self catering accommodation in farmhouse cottages. The car park to the left of the cottages may be used by visitors wishing to undertake the farm trail. Alternately, commence your walk from Bowes on the Pennine Way Diversion or from Gilmonby.
 Dimensions See Footpath Map.
 Additional Notes The entrance to East Mellwaters Farm is off the A66 at Ordnance Survey Grid Reference NY968130.The farm offers accessible self catering accommodation in farmhouse cottages. The car park to the left of the cottages may be used by visitors wishing to undertake the farm trail. This is a general record of features seen. Several features, for example the Stainmore Railway track, the chert strata and isolated ancient Yew deserve to be the subject of additional specific records.
 Image 1 ID 7093         Click image to enlarge
 Image 1 Description Gods Bridge seen downstream from the North Bank
 Image 2 ID 7094         Click image to enlarge
 Image 2 Description Gods Bridge. Resurgence springs rise from crevices in the river bed and from the limestone rocks upstream on both banks.
 Image 3 ID 7095         Click image to enlarge
 Image 3 Description The Greta upstream from Gods Bridge on her way to a distant source above Stainmore
 Image 4 ID 7096         Click image to enlarge
 Image 4 Description The Greta downstream of Gods Bridge
 Image 5 ID 7098         Click image to enlarge
 Image 5 Description THe East Mellwater Farm Footpath Map is posted at commencement of the walks from the Farm
 Image 6 ID 7099         Click image to enlarge
 Image 6 Description The Greta views further downstream of Gods Bridge
 Image 7 ID 7100         Click image to enlarge
 Image 7 Description One of the many fine disused limekilns on both banks close to the river
 Image 8 ID 7101         Click image to enlarge
 Image 8 Description Limestone forms the, mostly, dry bed of the Greta downstream of Gods Bridge
 Image 9 ID 7102         Click image to enlarge
 Image 9 Description Bend on the Greta with fine exposures of limestone.
 Image 10 ID 7103         Click image to enlarge
 Image 10 Description Bend on the Greta with fine exposures of limestone, further down.
 Image 11 ID 7105
 Image 11 Description View from below the bend upstream to show the dry limestone bed.
 Image 12 ID 7106
 Image 12 Description Isolated ancient yew on chert strata forming a vertical riverside cliff
 Image 13 ID 7107
 Image 13 Description Detail of the thin, horizontally bedded chert strata which overlies the Main Limestone 1km downstream of Gods Bridge.
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