£6 (only 15 places available)
As part of the celebrations for the 70th Anniversary of the Upper Wharfedale Field Society, Miles Johnson, Senior Historic Environment Officer at the Yorkshire Dales National Park, will guide an archaeological excursion on Yarnbury to explore the extensive sites and remains of the lead mining which took place there up to and during the 19th century. Lead mining was a particular interest of the renowned archaeologist Dr Arthur Raistrick, who founded the Field Society in 1949.
Although the Romans mined lead in Craven, the first mention for Grassington was in the 15th century. This remained small scale until the 17th century when Grassington became the centre of a major lead mining area until well into the 19th century.
The walk will last approximately 3 hours and will cover between 3 and 4 miles, some sections of which will be over rough ground. In addition, the weather can be trying, even in June, so participants should wear suitable footwear and clothing!
There will be some filming of the event. However, it will not be so extensive and intrusive that the camera shy cannot avoid it.