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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

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.

Abstract.  Skansen is on a 75acre site in central Stockholm. It shows life through the ages from all over Sweden. It is open throughout the year. There are over 150 buildings from the 16th century to the 20th century. The buildings are all in their original condition and have been moved to Skansen from all

Walk: Circular from Langcliffe

November 16 @ 09:00 - 17:00

Circular walk from Langcliffe via Winskill, Attermire, Stockdale Lane and Settle.

Bird Group: Staveley (YWT)

November 21 @ 08:30 - 17:00

In most but not all years since 2002 Richard Hargreaves  has been trekking, on foot or mountain bike, in the Prokletije/Bjeshkët e Nemuna mountain range which straddles northern Albania, southern Montenegro and western Kosovo/a.  It is a unique, spectacular landscape, relatively unspoilt by European standards.  In this talk, using slides from many years of travel

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Upcoming Events

  1. Combe Scar © UWFS

    Walk: Circular from Langcliffe

    November 16 @ 09:00 - 17:00
  2. Bird Group: Staveley (YWT)

    November 21 @ 08:30 - 17:00