North Yorkshire Geodiversity Partnership

Ingleton Quarry, Precambrian
Malham Cove Carboniferous
West Burton Falls Carboniferous
Cleave Dyke Quarry, Jurassic


Geological Sites

Geological Sites

Rocks for us

Rocks For Us

North Yorkshire County Landscape Character Types

The landscape assessment undertaken by North Yorkshire County Council has produced a more detailed analysis of the various landscape units. At a larger scale Primary Landscape Units have been identified including, for example, Gritstone and Limestone Landscapes, which are then sub-divided into Landscape Character Types e.g. Gritstone Valley, and Gritstone High Plateau.

Details of the Landscape Character Areas are available from


Figure: NYCC LCA – NYCC Landscape Classification Map

Reference: (1) King, A., Glasser, N., Larwood, J., Littlewood, A., Moat, T. and Page, K. 1996. Earth heritage conservation in England: A Natural Areas perspective English Nature Research Reports, No. 158. Peterborough: English Nature.


Photo: Crummack Dale – Folded Ordovician and Silurian rocks unconformably overlain by almost horizontal Carboniferous Limestones


Kettlewell, Wharfedale – Carboniferous Great Scar Limestones


Photo: Sutton Bank – Roulston Scar and Hood Hill – Erosion by glacial meltwater has separated Hood Hill as an outlier of the main Jurassic escarpment (from slide)


Thornborough Henges near Nosterfield sand and gravel quarry


Ingleton Quarry Aerial – Ingleton Quarry works the Precambrian Ingleton Group, forming the valley floor of Chapel le Dale, unconformably overlain by the Carboniferous Great Scar Limestone forming the valley sides.