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The fells and valleys of Upper Wharfedale are overflowing with delights from which, once under their spell, very few can escape.

Upper Wharfedale Field Society works to increase the enjoyment derived from the area by deepening and widening understanding of its many and various elements.

The Society is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year with “70 years in 7 days”. Search “70in7” to find our special Anniversary activities.

Open any of the pages of this site and see what we do.

Meet us and experience it for yourself. You are very welcome to our winter talks or to join us.

Latest News & Articles

The Upper Wharfedale Field Society is constantly working hard behind the scenes. See what is happening here.

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Latest News & Articles

The Upper Wharfedale Field Society is constantly working hard behind the scenes. See what is happening here.

The Society is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year with “70 years in 7 days”. Search “70in7” to find our special Anniversary activities.

Special Interest Groups

The Upper Wharfedale Field Society covers a wide range of special interest groups.

LOCAL HISTORY & VERNACULAR BUILDINGS

In the Yorkshire Dales, local history and its vernacular buildings are inextricably linked. We have especial interest in all local history, through all aspects of industry including farming, social history from peasant to aristocrat, early trading, tracks and coach routes.

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GEOLOGY

The earth formations and movements of the past have created an area of outstanding natural beauty. The most recent apparent dominant force is glaciation which has created the landscape which we see today, in particular the Upper Wharfedale Valley, but there is much more to the valleys, hills and rocks of the Yorkshire Dales.

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Geology

ARCHAEOLOGY

There are a considerable number of archaeological sites in Upper Wharfedale and Archaeology is regularly represented the Society’s talks programme . In recent years we have had guest speakers from Bradford University and York Archaeological Trust as well as presentations on field work being carried out locally in Wharfedale, Nidderdale and Ingleborough.

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BOTANY

The Botany Group holds its meetings every other Tuesday from end of April to mid August usually for the whole day. The meetings vary from those sites very close to Grassington eg Kilnsey park, the banks of the Wharfe, to further afield e.g. the west coast for dune systems, reserves in Cumbria and our National Natures Reserves as around Ingleborough. In this way we can become familiar with plants that are not on our doorstep and sites away from limestone grassland.

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Burnt Orchid
ornithology

ORNITHOLOGY

Our principal aims are to enjoy and learn more about the birds in our area by improving our recognition skills of both appearance and calls.

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“The fells and valleys of Upper Wharfedale are overflowing with delights from which, once under their spell, very few can escape.”

Upper Wharfedale Field Society

Events & Talks

Here’s what is coming up soon.

The aim of this outing is to improve our understanding of the Gaping Gill cave system by visiting the Main Chamber using the public winch, and exploring (from the surface only) some of the other entrances to the system. Meet at the YDNP Car Park in Clapham and be ready to set off by 8:30

Lower Winskill is a working farm set in spectacular scenery farmed in traditional style. Little Stainforth is a charming traditional village.

YWT – Yorkshire Wildlife Trust It would be helpful if you could tell the Leader beforehand if you intend to participate, to arrange transport; normally we meet at Colvend Car Park. Please bring binoculars, picnic, suitable footwear and waterproof clothing. Participants in these outings do so at their own risk

Contact Us

If you have any questions for the Upper Wharfedale Field Society, or you just want to get on touch, please contact us below.

Upcoming Events

  1. The Green Man Fountains Abbey
  2. Common Spotted Orchid