Gunnerside Gill – Roman Ruins Trail

A short walk up Gunnerside Gill in the Yorkshire Dales

The pretty village of Gunnerside lies close to the northern edge of the Yorkshire Dales. This trail, heading up into the side valley of Gunnerside Gill, explores the area’s lead mining history, including how local people were involved in the poisonous processes, and looks at the legacy left behind by this once-deadly industry.

The smelting-mill stack is crumbling, no smoke is alive there

Down in the valley the furnace no lead-ore of worth burns

New tombs of decaying industry, not to survive here…” W H Auden 

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