Thursday 6th April

Rails in the Dales:
David Joy

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Programme of Events

Throughout the year UWHG holds a series of walks, talks and visits covering a variety of archaeological topics

Indoor meetings are held at 19:30 in the Soroptomists Rooms, 28 Otley Street, Skipton

Programme for Winter 2017

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Rails in the Dales: David Joy
Our speaker is the author of over 40 books, including many on railways.  In this talk David looks at lines through the Yorkshire Dales, with special reference to Wharfedale. Did you know that the dale came within a whisker of being changed beyond recognition when a proposed mainline railway through the valley was only abandoned at the last moment?


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Thursday 4th May
The Ribblehead Construction Camps: Dr. David Johmson
Dr David Johnson, local archaeologist and leaderposter_may17_sml of an excavation of a structure close to the viaduct, will provide an archaeological insight into the railway camps and the sources of raw materials. During the walk, David will interpret some of the many lumps and bumps which remain on the site.

Car parking:
on the East side of the Ribblehead road junction.
GR: SD 765 793
Meeting point: t
o the West of the junction, away from the road.
mostly graded paths and former tramway beds, some rough ground, minimal ascent. Strong footwear advised.
at The Station Inn or bring a packed lunch.

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Thursday 8th May
Start: 2pm,  Finish: 4pm

A Multi-period Settlement Complex in Littondale: Dr Roger Martlew
This activity-based visit will explore techniques for ‘ground-truthing’ LiDAR data, geneposter_jun17_smlrated by the Environment Agency, using airborne laser scanning.  We will look at a previously unrecorded settlement complex and its surroundings to see where ground-based measured survey
can complement wide-area airborne reconnaissance – no previous experience necessary!

Meeting point and parking: Nether Hesleden Farm GR: SD887747.
Go through Litton village, take first left onfarm road over the river. Fork right when roads divides and park by last barn on leftnear the new house.

Terrain: 10-minute walk across fields to area of interest and working across uneven, rough terrain of earthwork banks and platforms. Stout boots and waterproofs essential.

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