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Great Asby Limestone


“Varied, well-developed limestone pavements are well exposed over an extensive area of the Carboniferous limestone outcrop of the Orton-Asby escarpement, Cumbria. This area is the largest expanse of limestone pavement outside the well-known Ingleborough karst of Yorkshire, and the National Nature Reserve at Great Asby Scar includes the best developed and least damaged landforms of the whole area,  …”

‘The limestone pavements of Great Asby Scar, Cumbria, UK’, by H.S. Goldie. Environmental Geology 28, Oct 1996.

Start/Meeting point: OS Sheet 91, Appleby-in-Westmorland @ NY 632107. 800m north of the cattle grid and the junction with the lane to Crosby Ravensworth. There is off-road parking in a small ‘quarry’.

Also OL19, 1:25000 Howgill Fells and Upper Eden Valley

The start is approximately 3km north of Orton on the B6260 (and about 6km north of the Tebay junction on the M6).

Start time: 10:30am. Walk description: moderate, approx 7 km over rough, stony ground.

Toilets and cafe in Orton, nothing available on the walk. Hence bring a packed lunch.

Strong footwear suitable for walking on limestone pavements which can be very slippery when wet.

Clothing suitable for possible inclement weather; the site is quite an exposed spot.

This walk is based on “Exploring Lakeland Rocks and Landscapes, The Cumberland Geological Society, Walk No. 7 by Simon Webb

No hammering at this site.