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Offline grahams

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Smardale
« on: September 15, 2021, 09:31:10 am »
Has anyone done any prospecting or caving in Smardale (near Kirkby Stephen)?

I've been attempting to reach the resurgences in Crag Wood on the opposite side of the valley to the Witches Stride for the last couple of years but have been beaten back by covid, nettles, loose vegetated rock and mozzies. Location is 54.459154, -2.422578.

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Re: Smardale
« Reply #1 on: September 15, 2021, 03:21:38 pm »
Not really.... but whilst on holiday around that area last year, I noticed a lot of water issues from two springs around 54.453538, -2.424605 - just below the footpath.
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Re: Smardale
« Reply #2 on: September 15, 2021, 04:49:48 pm »
I had a good look at those last year. You're right, a lot of water issues here but unfortunately out of scree, so a JCB would be needed to get anywhere.

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Re: Smardale
« Reply #3 on: September 15, 2021, 07:06:37 pm »
« Last Edit: September 15, 2021, 07:15:15 pm by mikem »

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Re: Smardale
« Reply #4 on: Yesterday at 08:59:17 am »
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Seems to be plenty of limestone:
My impression from wandering round the north of England is that there is a lot more limestone outside the main (northern) caving area than in it; does anybody know the extent of limestone 'in versus out'?

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Re: Smardale
« Reply #5 on: Yesterday at 09:26:16 am »
A good starting point is Phil Murphy's BCRA publication on the "Cumbrian Ring" (of limestone around the perimeter of the Lake District).
« Last Edit: Yesterday at 09:44:43 am by Pitlamp »

 

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