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Coldstones Cut and Stump Cross Cavern

Activities
Date
8 Jun 2017
Start time
8:15 AM
Venue
Speaker
N/A
Coldstone2

Event Information

This is an advance notice of an unusual proposed trip to visit a show cave and a unique sculpture/maze on a vantage point overlooking not only some superb scenery, but also a working quarry. If you are interested, either contact Paul Thornley directly (ypsgeology@nullgmail.com   tel  07810 402684) or complete the form below and return it to the YPS Lodge as soon as you can, and anyway by Friday 28 April 2017. Please enclose two  SAEs or your email address.  Paul will send you more details and a booking form as soon as details are finalised.

Summary

This one day coach tour is based on the limestone scenery and geology of the Yorkshire Dales, but should also appeal to reasonably fit non-geologists. Please note that we will climb the steep Greenhow Hill, via a 500m long footpath.  Access to the cavern is via 65 steps with handrails on both sides- a helmet must also be worn. The basic cost includes coach transport, entry to the caverns, two tea/coffee/cake (but not lunch) and YPS administration costs. If there is insufficient  interest to justify the coach we would use car transport and save £15 to £20 pp on the basic cost.

Tentative Programme (order and timing tba)

0815       dep   Memorial Gardens.            

1700       dep Nidderdale to arrive York at 1830.

Stump Cross Caverns

Tea/coffee plus self-guided tour. These are relatively small show caves with some good formations, that give a good underground experience. They are explained by an excellent 20 minute film detailing the history and creation of the caves and the local area. The caves were discovered in 1860 by miners unsuccessfully looking for lead. The world record for staying underground (105 days) was achieved here in 1963. The shop stocks a wide variety of geological specimens including minerals, fossils and crystals.  http://stumpcrosscaverns.co.uk/about.php

 Coldstones Cut

We will explore the rather unusual lime kiln, and climb the hill to the massive and intriguing limestone  sculpture/maze??.  This overlooks Hanson’s  30 hectare Coldstones Quarry and offers spectacular views over Nidderdale. We hope to have commentary from an expert from Hanson- the quarry now mines limestone but in the past was a significant source of lead and other minerals. It is worked on 6 benches, each 15-18m high. We may see blasting, extraction and crushing of rock, and also the geological strata which make up the quarry. See http://thecoldstonescut.org/index.php?p=industrial-history-in-nidderdale

Nidderdale Tour

Explore the scenery and geology of Nidderdale, finishing with tea and a scone.

Interested?

If you are interested, either contact Paul Thornley directly (ypsgeology@nullgmail.com   tel  07810 402684) or complete the form below and return it to the YPS Lodge as soon as you can, and anyway by Friday 28 April 2017. Please enclose two  SAEs or your email address.  Paul will send you more details and a booking form as soon as details are finalised.

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INTEREST  FORM for Coldstone Cut and Stump Cross Cavern. Thursday 8 June 2017

Name 1                                                                                      

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Note that YPS Activities booking terms and conditions will apply and can be seen at https://www.ypsyork.org/groups/social-group/yps-activities-booking-terms-conditions-2/ or at the Lodge. The YPS accepts no responsibility for any loss or injury suffered while taking part in one of its visits.

My/our interest level is High        Moderate        Uncertain           (delete as applicable)

If there is insufficient interest to justify a coach, I would be prepared to go by car Yes/No

I/we have our own transport Yes/No.      I/we can give others a lift  Yes/No           I/we would appreciate a lift  Yes/No

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Please return signed form and SAEs/email to the YPS Lodge, Museum Gardens, York, YO1 7DR