Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Zig Zag

The crazy paving and zigzag appearance of this limestone pavement are the result of thousands of years of water dissolving the limestone.  The deep fissures are called grykes (or grikes choose your spelling). The moist and shaded conditions are ideal for ferns and tree roots and also rare plants can live in the nooks and crannies. In Victorian times limestone was a popular cheap substitute for marble and the top of some of the pavements were removed in the area and for this reason it retains its name of Marble Quarry. These unique habitats are more protected nowadays.  This is a walk through the woods near Slackhead, Beetham, Cumbria and after walking on narrow paths through trees and then suddenly come out to the wide open spaces of dazzling limestone pavements is an amazing sight.  No need to zigzag around to find the path as there are    
way-marks leading through the wood and across the many limestone pavements. 

An entry to ABC |Wednesday, a journey through the alphabet, this week coming to the end of Round 16 at Z here.  Are you ready to go around the alphabet again in Round 17?


Trubes said...

That looks an interesting place to visit Joy, I'm surprised
I haven't heard of it before, being that I have visited the lakes and Cumbria so many times.
Interesting history of the Zig Zags!

Best wishes,
ABCW team.

Roger Owen Green said...

zig zag seems to be a popular feature this week, so far.

Vinay Leo R. said...

It definitely looks to be an interesting place to visit :) Informative post as well!

Leo @ I Rhyme Without Reason

Fritz Ant said...

Never knew that limestones were ontop of the ground, always thought for some reason or another that limestones were dug up from beneath the ground.

Please check out my post for letter Z. Thanks.

Meghana Hassan said...

Interesting Zig Zag post.. Thank you for taking us through the tour..