Meanderthal man out fossil hunting and deer watching

I haven’t been doing much more than meander on my walks of late. That’s less about the weather and more a lack of time. But I’m supposed to be getting myself geared up for the Yorkshire 3 Peaks, so a week or so ago I set off with son Joe with a vague plan to head to Pule Hill (highest place near us) and have a mooch for fossils on the way back.
Pule Hill has the only example globally (yes, I think that is correct) of a particular species of  Goniatites (a type of cephalopod) in the Marine Shale at the base of the hill.

These Fossils aren’t ‘spectacular’ in size (way smaller than those shown on Wikipedia) and they need some looking for – but they were really clear when we started to find them.

geologist on Pule Hill
Son Joe looking for fossils, he has a better (trained) eye than me..
Dog paw next to Fossils
Brodie’s paw gives some scale to the fossils. I think Ammonites could be huge .. not so these little guys
Sheep on a Fossil bed
We were being careful we didn’t disturb the fossil deposits too much – then along came a flock of sheep .. no such caution from them.

It was a nice mooch after a meandering walk 🙂

And then last Sunday, I did another (short) walk to at least feel like I’d stretched my legs.

Brodie dog and I headed up behind the house to take in some of the Marsden moor heritage trail, we then looped around the Deer farm* at the top end of the valley and came back down into the village.
This was again just over 2 hours of meandering.  Nothing big but it was really nice to get some air!

The next walk will have to be a tad longer..

* The deer farm as shown here:

 

17 thoughts on “Meanderthal man out fossil hunting and deer watching”

    • On the Mount Road side Gary.. head up Mount Road until almost the junction with the A62 .. just before the house on your right you’ll see some shale beds in a couple of mini hillocks. There’s a kind of lay by there just next to them. That area is essentially all fossil remains in the shale. As soon as you ‘get your eye in’ you’ll see them all.

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    • On the Mount Road side Gary.. head up Mount Road until almost the junction with the A62 .. just before the house on your right you’ll see some shale beds in a couple of mini hillocks. There’s a kind of lay by there just next to them. That area is essentially all fossil remains in the shale. As soon as you ‘get your eye in’ you’ll see them all.

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  1. Yep spotted it on google street view , what a great thing that is . agree with your sentiments re the valley . I was on my own at Black Moss on Wednesday and on the Sunday in Piccadilly Circus and Brick Lane East London , love em both

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  2. Yep spotted it on google street view , what a great thing that is . agree with your sentiments re the valley . I was on my own at Black Moss on Wednesday and on the Sunday in Piccadilly Circus and Brick Lane East London , love em both

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