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Viewing swaag.org website implies consent to set cookies on your computer. Full details Swaledale and Arkengarthdale Archaeology Group
Registered Charitable Incorporated Organisation Number 1155775
SWAAG Honorary President:
Tim Laurie FSA

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 *****SWAAG_ID***** 520
 Date Entered 13/05/2012
 Updated on 13/05/2012
 Recorded by Tim Laurie
 Category Tree Site Record
 Record Type Botanical HER
 Site Access Public Access Land
 Record Date 12/05/2012
 Location Gilmonby CP. Stainmore. Sleightholme. Trough Heads.
 Civil Parish Not known
 Brit. National Grid NY
 Geology Stream cut gorge in Great Limestone with west bank cliffs formed from overlying sandstone strata.
 Record Name Stainmore. Sleightholme Beck. Trough Heads.
 Record Description Species-rich Limestone Ashwood with yews on both banks of the limestone gorge cut by Sleightholme Beck upstream of the limit of walled pastures at NY Trees present include: Downy Birch, Wych Elm, Ash, Hazel, Bird Cherry,Yew,Rowan,Downy Rose, Sallow, Beech, Sycamore, White Fir. The highlight of the woodland is the very large isolated and inaccessible yew tree which grows on the top edge of the sheer cliff on the west bank of the Gorge. Other fine yews grow on the eastern bank lower down. The falls here are very fine after heavy rain, see photos.
 Dimensions See photos
 Geographical area Stainmore
 Species Yew with Limestone Ashwood Community.
 Scientific Name Taxus baccata
 Common / Notable Species Ash, Beech, Wych Elm, Hazel,Bird Cherry, Downy Birch, Downy Rose, Sallow, Rowan, Sycamore, Fir
 Additional Notes The eastern side of this very attractive river gorge can be approached from the unfenced road to Sleightholme Farm using the footpath leading down to East Mellwaters Farm, this path traverses open moorland above the Trough Gorge which is not visible from the road.
 Image 1 ID 2845         Click image to enlarge
 Image 1 Description Trough Heads from the path to East Mellwaters.
 Image 2 ID 2844         Click image to enlarge
 Image 2 Description The Great Yew, note the strata of the west bank sandstone cliff has been destabilised by the roots of trees.
 Image 3 ID 2843         Click image to enlarge
 Image 3 Description View of the upper gorge upstream.
 Image 4 ID 2842         Click image to enlarge
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 Image 5 ID 2850         Click image to enlarge
 Image 5 Description View downstream at the upper ravine.
 Image 6 ID 2855         Click image to enlarge
 Image 6 Description The falls at the top of the gorge.
 Image 7 ID 2846         Click image to enlarge
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 Image 8 ID 2847         Click image to enlarge
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 Image 9 ID 2848         Click image to enlarge
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 Image 10 ID 2849         Click image to enlarge
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