Slitt Wood and West Rigg Geotrail

Slitt Wood and West Rigg Geotrail

This 3 mile route reveals much about the area’s geology, which is strongly linked to this little valley’s industrial past. You will see where lead and iron ores were mined and processed and how the ores were transported out of the valley.

Slitt Wood and West Rigg Opencut are legally protected as Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

Slitt Wood is designated for its variety of habitats including woodland, lime-rich grassland, fen, open water and the revegetated workings of Slitt and Middlehope Mines. Many different types of plants and birds can be spotted at different times of year, including metal tolerant plants known as metallophytes.

West Rigg is designated for its geological importance. It provides an excellent illustration of the formation of iron ore and the opencast ironstone workings which expose the structure of a lead vein. Many of the industrial remains also have legal protection as scheduled monuments of national archaeological importance.

Start location: Starting from the lay-by in Westgate: NY 906 380
Terrain: Boggy ground, off-road sections, on-road sections.

There is car parking, public transport and a pub nearby.

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