Limestone features, Ravenstonedale, Cumbria. Location map
  Scene showing Little Asby Scar (a limestone pavement), Ravenstonedale, Cumbria, England   Ravenstonedale.

This is a view, from the lower slopes of Grange Scar, of part of Little Asby Scar; an area of limestone pavement to the east of Great Asby Scar.

It is easily reached by car and there is plenty of space to park off the road which can be seen near the sheep.


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  View of limestone weathering, Ravenstonedale, Cumbria, England   Ravenstonedale.

Water has interesting weathering effects on limestone. Here the water has been able to seep into the joins between the layers of limestone and dissolve the rock leaving gaps between the layers on their outer edge which is how limestone pavements are formed.



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  View of Great Asby Scar (a limestone pavement), Ravenstonedale, Cumbria, England   Ravenstonedale.

Water also seeps into the vertical joints dissolving the limestone and leaving obvious gaps which make the limestone pavement what it is. The vertical fissures are known as Grykes and the isolated blocks are Clints; these names originate from the north of England dialect.

This is part of one of the areas of limestone pavement on Great Asby Scar.


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  View of a shake hole near Lamps Moss, Cumbria, England   Kirkby Stephen.

On the road from Nateby to Keld in Swaledale, the B6270, near Lamps Moss and just below Nine Standards Rigg are a number of Shake Holes. These are caused by the collapse of underground cavities (caves) which enables water to seep down through the fractured ground causing these shafts.

Young children should not be allowed to run around this area, and any other similar areas, because these shafts can be anywhere from 50-100 feet deep. That's why Amanda is not standing too near the edge.


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Read our report of this trip to Ravenstonedale, Cumbria on the Blog.