|29 January 2018|
The Norber erratics are one of the finest groups of glacial erratic boulders in Britain. They are found on the southern slopes of Ingleborough, close to the village of Austwick in the Yorkshire Dales.
Many of the Silurian greywacke boulders at the site are perched on pedestals of limestone up to 30cm high. The boulders were probably deposited by melting ice sheets at the end of the last ice age, around 12,000 years ago. The pedestals have developed because the erratic boulders have protected the underlying limestone from solution by rainfall, giving estimates of the rate of lowering of the surrounding limestone pavement of around 25mm per 1000 years.Recent cosmogenic dating suggests that the boulders have been exposed for around 17,900 years.(LINK)
Our family has lived in this area (Yorkshire Dales) for many years, despite all the walking we do, we had never been to see the rocks. I had seen them on Country File some years back and wanted to go see them.
We started in the pretty village of Austwick, walking up to the area we got lost a few times, but in the end we were not disappointed, the weather had been kind with beautiful blue skies and sunshine.
Robin Proctors Scar.
Robin Proctors Scar is to the left of the erratics, there is a story of Robin Proctor from 1893, who sadly rode his horse of the scar late one night. There is an inscription at the base of this climb recording the death. You can read the story HERE (just scroll to the botton of the page)
We past the barn, following the track right to the top of the scar, very wet and muddy.
Some of the lower fields had large boulders in, even the wall's had been built round them.
All the rocks were covered in Lichen, moss and grasses growing in the cracks.
This rock shows one of the best example.
This rock looked like it could fall of the edge at the slightest touch.
A great day out, after a few slips and falls (Mum) in the mud we got back to the car as the heavens opened.
If you get chance it is well worth the long steep clime up the hill.