Pointing out geological fault lines

Beneath Your Feet

To help explain the significance and nature of the many rock types that were so important to the industrial growth of the area, our partners the West Yorkshire Geology Trust has produced a series of Management Plans. These not only outline the geological features of six Local Geological Sites (LGS) but also seek to find ways of making the information more accessible through websites, leaflets and on-site interpretation. The LGS sites are:

Baildon Moor
Cludders Rocks, Widdop
Dimples Quarry, Haworth
Gorpley Clough, Todmorden
March Haigh and Buckstones
Ogden Clough, Ogden Water

A further site, Todmorden Moor, was also prioritised.

In addition to the different qualities of the rock layers beneath our feet, understanding how they have interacted with the forces of erosion also helps to explain how the ‘topography’, the shape, of the South Pennines uplands has influenced the patterns of rural and urban settlement around it, and the transport routes that cross it. The high energy streams that flow off the uplands may have provided the necessary waterpower to drive the early mills, but the deep valleys down which they flowed were also a restriction on settlement and the transportation of goods. It is often how people overcame these difficulties that create the unique character of uplands. 

A suite of geological resources can be accessed from here and from the Resources section of the website.