The area around Shap and the Parish of Orton in Cumbria can be remote and challenging especially in winter. Shap is in remote moorland over 1000 feet above sea level. It is crossed from north to south by the main M6 motorway as well as the older road route. Alongside is the West Coast main line from London to Glasgow.
It is an area of great contrast. The extensive moorland and hillside west of the M6 to a mellower area on the limestones to the east. Shap is famous for its ruined Abbey, and in railway history as being one of the true pioneering engineering routes of the industrial revolution allowing steam trains to travel from London to Glasgow.
The Gallery is arranged roughly in chronological order starting with the youngest. Although some Carboniferous coal measure fossils are included it is also worth looking at the BRYMBO STUDY AREA a unique collection of coal measure fossils recovered during opencast excavation at Brymbo, Wrexham, in North Wales. Click here to go straight to the Brymbo Gallery. http://heritagephotoarchive.co.uk/p245834181
There is a growing interest in understanding glaciation and its remains. Most remains especially in the north of the UK are Devensian and represent the last significant occupancy by ice. It is likely that we are currently in a warmer phase and that glaciation will return in the geologically near future.