The splendidly named Hell Hole Quarry near Heptonstall was the destination for twelve members of the general public who joined West Yorkshire Geology Trust enthusiasts for a short walk on Saturday 1st July. A tough, gritty sandstone (Millstone Grit) was quarried for building stone and probably taken down the hill to build the mills along the Calder Valley, as well as being used in earlier times for the buildings in Heptonstall village. The exceptionally high quarry face shows large-scale cross-bedding, which tells geologists that the sand was deposited in a large river channel about 320 million years ago. In Heptonstall village, it is easy to see that stone roofs, flagstones, houses, church, stone setts and the headstones in the graveyard, were made from this high quality dimensional sandstone.
The Yorkshire Fossil Festival is returning to Scarborough for 2019! 13 Sept - 15 Sept
The Yorkshire Fossil Festival will be returning to Scarborough this year – it will be a weekend to remember, so make sure you keep your diaries free!
The event will be bigger and better than ever, as there will be invitations for both local and national museums, universities and businesses to provide entertainment and expertise for all. The festival will be based at the historic Rotunda Museum and its surrounding grounds.
The Yorkshire Fossil Festival will be FREE to everyone.