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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.

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

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

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

Special Interest Groups

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

LOCAL HISTORY & VERNACULAR BUILDINGS

This Group was originally two groups but amalgamated in 2012 due to the compatibility of both with its members. 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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Illustration of medical botany
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.

Antarctica

December 10 @ 19:30 - 21:30

Grass Wood

December 20 @ 10:00 - 16:30

Long Preston’s Archaeological Results

January 14, 2019 @ 19:30 - 21:30

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. South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands

    Antarctica

    December 10 @ 19:30 - 21:30
  2. Grass Wood Grassington

    Grass Wood

    December 20 @ 10:00 - 16:30
  3. The Big Dig, Long Preston

    Long Preston’s Archaeological Results

    January 14, 2019 @ 19:30 - 21:30