Geology of West Yorkshire


Richard Bell's Wild West Yorkshire nature diary, Wednesday, 31st October, 2007



WHEREVER YOU ARE, there's story in the rocks beneath your feet and, as this map that I've been working on today shows, that's certainly true of West Yorkshire. The towns and cities developed because of the availability of coal, gritstone and limestone, used in industry, building and agriculture. We've tried to pick out some of the more surprising examples for this map which we're revamping to go in the new leaflet for the West Yorkshire Geology Trust.

You don't need to head for the hills to appreciate the county's rocky heritage; I'm leading a walk around the centre of Wakefield on Sunday morning (10 a.m., meet outside the museum in Wood Street) to look at the building stones of the town.

Permain 280 - 240 m.y.a

(Upper Carboniferous) 280 - 240 m.y.a

(Upper Carboniferous) 320 - 300 m.y.a