Saturday, 20 June 2015

Swinner Gill Circular - Saturday 20th June 2015

The first of our new events for the 2015 season has been a resounding success.

Thirteen people joined David Pemberton as he led them up Swinner Gill and then higher still to see the cave and waterfall used by con-conformist worshippers hundreds of years ago.

The following photographs tell the story of the day.

 At strategic points along the walk Mark reads extracts from Ella Pontefract & Marie Hartley's book 'Swaledale'.

Plenty evidence of the lead mining industry that dominated the dale over a hundred years ago.

Swinnergill Kirk & waterfall

The Gunnerside Estate kindly gave the group permission to leave the public footpath to experience crossing the swing bridge and explore Lower Kisdon Falls.  Here David explains to the group what they are about to let themselves in for!

Ray Hunter who lives in Thwaite helped to build this bridge when he was an apprentice carpenter.  His job was to fasten the wooden boards to the wire cable.

Abandoned farmhouse and buildings at Hartlakes

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