For those with an interest in what lies underfoot, Paul Kabrna of Craven & Pendle Geological society has recently published a book on the geology between the Bowland Fells and Pendle Hill. It is 50 years since anything was written about our area. Hopefully what we have done will bridge the gap between amateur and professional geologist.
The area of northern Lancashire stretching from the Bowland Fells to Pendle Hill is a mixture of rugged moorland and quiet pastoral valleys. Unlike the limestone uplands of the Yorkshire Dales immediately to the north around Malham and Settle it receives relatively little attention from tourists and is consequently blessed with many beautiful and tranquil locations. Surprisingly, this disregard also applies to the degree of geological study that has been undertaken in the region, particularly in recent decades, despite the fact it contains some of the most varied and fascinating Carboniferous geology to be found anywhere in the country. Our local rocks and fossils of the Carboniferous Period date back to between 359 million years ago and 325 million years ago. This was a time when the British Isles was in fact situated near the Equator!
The book is aimed at readers and explorers who have an interest in the geological history of the Craven Lowlands countryside, much of which lies within the confines of the Forest of Bowland and the Forest of Pendle; both areas of outstanding natural beauty. There are seven field excursions which provide broad coverage of the area both geographically and geologically.
Ref: Carboniferous Geology Bowland Fells to Pendle Hill (ISBN 978-0-9555289-1-0)