Leaving Keld village to rejoin the River Swale.

      

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The River Swale.

      

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Kisdon Force on the River Swale.

      

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Looking back to Keld from above the river Swale.

      

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The river Swale.

      

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Crackpot Hall.

Crackpot Hall is the ruined remains of a seventeenth century farmhouse in Upper Swaledale.
The name is derived from Old Norse and, disappointingly, refers to a connection with crows and a nearby pothole.

      

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Valleys eroded by lead mining.

The hills of Swaledale have rich veins of lead ore and these were exploited from at least Roman times onward. The 18th and 19th centuries saw a large-scale industry established.
The photograph shows the eroded remains of lead mining 'hushes'.
A hush is a ravine in the hillside caused by lead miners releasing dammed-up water to scour away the topsoil and reveal ore veins.

      

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Old lead workings by Swinner Gill south of Gunnerside Moor.

 

      

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Old lead workings by Swinner Gill south of Gunnerside Moor.

      

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Disused lead mining buildings by Swinner Gill.

      

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Following Swinner Gill up the valley on to the Southern side of Gunnerside Moor.

      

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Crossing the southern side of Gunnerside Moor.

      

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Old lead workings by Gunnerside gill on Melbecks Moor.

      

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Old lead workings by Gunnerside gill on Melbecks Moor.

      

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Old lead workings by Gunnerside gill on Melbecks Moor.

      

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Crossing a lunar landscape to the west of Reeth.
 

      

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Near Calver Hill.
Pastureland is taking over from the scoured valleys as the vista opens up with the confluence of the Swale and Arkle rivers.

      

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Reeth is now ahead.
Reeth is situated at the top of Swaledale, in the heart of the North Yorkshire Dales.

      

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Reeth village Green.

      

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