Orton and Asby Scar, Cumbria

This bleak part of Cumbria is not particularly well known, situated as it is some miles away from the eastern fringes of the Lake District National Park. This is limestone country - a plateau featuring big skies, weathered rocks and weather-beaten trees which bear testament to Nature's struggle against the elements. Copious rainfall, mildly acidic in nature, has over time cut fissures into the exposed limestone bedrock. These fissures are known as ‘grykes’, and leave behind the raised blocks known as ‘clints’; the combined effect is to create a classic ‘karst’ limestone pavement landscape.
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