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

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 *****SWAAG_ID***** 442
 Date Entered 29/01/2012
 Updated on 07/04/2012
 Recorded by Tim Laurie
 Category Geographical Record
 Record Type Geomorphology
 Site Access Army Range
 Record Date 28/01/2012
 Location Bellerby Moor Ranges and Bellerby Deer Park.
 Civil Parish Bellerby
 Brit. National Grid SE 088 934
 Altitude 315m
 Geology Morainic hills with loess infilled depressions and tufa forming springs. Faulted namurian Strata with economic coal seam at the eastern extremity of the Preston Moor Colliery
 Record Name Photographic montage of Bellerby Moorand Bellerby Deer Park in advance of construction of New Range. Part Two.
 Record Description This is Part Two (See also HER 433) of an overview and photo montage of a Pennine Moorland landscape soon to be changed for ever in the cause of National Defence by the construction of a new Small Arms Range. Bellerby Moor is an area of heather covered morainic hills and green grassy hollows infilled with wind blown loess. Areas of wetland are drained by small streams which rise at highly calcareous ,tufa forming springs located to the south of Black Beck on the interfluve between Swale and Ure. These streams cross the area to be levelled for the two lanes of the new Range to fall towards Park Gill and from thence to disappear into the Main Limestone which forms the Northern Edge of Wensleydale. This area, within the Pennine Moors SSSI, has a wealth of sites of high landscape and specialist interest including Geological, Geomorhological, Botanical, Mining,Historical and Archaeological Features. Each of these specialist fetaures will be recorded seperately as specific records on the SWAAG HER in order to place on record the context of these sites and quality of this moorland landscape prior to construction of the New Range. The photographs which are attached to this record were all taken during a field visit to Bellerby Moor by Swaag Members on Saturday 28th January 2012.
 Dimensions See photographs.
 Additional Notes The detailed archaeological landscape of Bellerby Moor is currently being mapped by SWAAG Members and each site will be recorded seperately on the SWAAG HER Database. This overview is an informal portrait of the area which has probably been overlooked and rarely visited except by occasional shooting parties and by 'vermin control' or rabbiters. Only recently have the wealth of geological, botanical, archaeological and mining remains been subjects for close record.
 Image 1 ID 2172         Click image to enlarge
 Image 1 Description View Southward from Park Gill Beck Head towards the recently discovered Barrow. Photo: Ric Carter.
 Image 2 ID 2170         Click image to enlarge
 Image 2 Description Bellerby Range in winter from road.
 Image 3 ID 2171         Click image to enlarge
 Image 3 Description Coal pit and oak tree
 Image 4 ID 2173         Click image to enlarge
 Image 4 Description Small depression, once open water fed by tufa springs, with 18C AD coal pits an 18C BC burnt mound
 Image 5 ID 2174         Click image to enlarge
 Image 5 Description Ancient hawthorn, one of several similar trees on the Range.
 Image 6 ID 2175         Click image to enlarge
 Image 6 Description 
 Image 7 ID 2176         Click image to enlarge
 Image 7 Description 
 Image 8 ID 2177         Click image to enlarge
 Image 8 Description Hollow Ways, the roads to the Preston Moor Colliery and Plantation.
 Image 9 ID 2178         Click image to enlarge
 Image 9 Description Approach to the small standing stone and barrow with views southward to the Vale of Mowbray
 Image 10 ID 2169         Click image to enlarge
 Image 10 Description At the hengiform barrow
 Image 11 ID 2182
 Image 11 Description Lunch at Park Gill Head Beck
 Image 12 ID 2183
 Image 12 Description Chara aspera in Park Gill Beck. An indicator of highest water quality.
 Image 13 ID 2184
 Image 13 Description Chara aspera in Park Gill Beck.
 Image 14 ID 2185
 Image 14 Description Tufa coated stone with algal colonies from bed of stream, Park Gill Beck.
 Image 15 ID 2186
 Image 15 Description Northern end of proposed new range and view towards Whinfell.
 Image 16 ID 2187
 Image 16 Description 
 Image 17 ID 2188
 Image 17 Description Hollow way leaving Black Beck Gill
 Image 18 ID 2189
 Image 18 Description Northern end of proposed new range.
 Image 19 ID 2190
 Image 19 Description Black Beck House
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