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

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 *****SWAAG_ID***** 450
 Date Entered 05/02/2012
 Updated on 05/02/2012
 Recorded by Tim Laurie
 Category Geological Record
 Record Type Geological HER
 Site Access Public Access Land
 Record Date 03/01/2012
 Location Melbecks. Barf Side.
 Civil Parish Melbecks
 Brit. National Grid SD 9672 9804
 Altitude 380m
 Geology Dale side Scar or low cliff with extensive turf covered pavement above and vegetated talus slope and ?kame terrace below formed by an exposure of the Middle Limestone.
 Record Name Melbecks. Barf Side. Limestone Scar and pavement formed by the Midle Limestone.
 Record Description This prominent limestone scar forms the southern edge of Low Row Pasture and provides one of the best high terrace viewpoints in Swaledale. A good track follows the edge of the Scar from which excellent views of the middle reaches of Swaledale and of Shunner Fell in the distance are obtained. The Middle Limestone is the fifth of the cyclotherms below the top of the Main Limestone and underlies the Underset,Three Yard and Five Yard Limestone Cyclotherms. The Middle Limestone Cyclotherm includes the Scar Limestone, the Cockle Shell Limestone and the Single Post Limestone. The upper surface of the Middle Limestone forms an extensive pavement on the southern edge of Low Row Pasture which is characterised by limestone turf which in May and June is bright with the small flowers of Mountain Pansies (Viola tricolor) ( predominanly yellow in Swaledale, blue in Teesdale). To the north, the Main Limestone is overlain by thin peat and by a quarried strata of sandstone which has provided the material for buildings and drystone walls of the area.
 Dimensions The Limestone Scar is approximately 1km in length
 Additional Notes The excellent grazing provided by the calcareous soils over the Main Limestone pavement here has always been attractive th pastoral settlement and hunting activity. A well defined coaxial field system with scattered cairns extends across Low Row Pasture (to be recorded seperately, see HER to follow)
 Image 1 ID 2230         Click image to enlarge
 Image 1 Description The Edge or Scar formed by the Middle Limestone forms one of the best viewpoints in Swaledale.
 Image 2 ID 2229         Click image to enlarge
 Image 2 Description Middle Limestone exposed above Barf Side, with ruined barn.
 Image 3 ID 2231         Click image to enlarge
 Image 3 Description Barf Side, ruined barn. Detail.
 Image 4 ID 1244         Click image to enlarge
 Image 4 Description Barb and tanged arrowpoint found on Low Row Pasture.
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