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Ingleborough is not the highest of the Three Peaks, but it is certainly the most iconic. Probably the best known and most recognisable hill in the Yorkshire Dales, it has been a magnet for visitors for more than two centuries, who came either to marvel at its majestic profile, to experience the challenges it offered, or to explore the remains of the ancient, 15-acre hillfort on its summit. Prominent artistic and literary figures, such as Turner, Ruskin, Southey and Wordsworth, captured it in paint or worked it into their writings. Aristocratic travelers felt obliged to include the mountain and its caves in their itineraries. For hundreds of years before that Ingleborough provided those who lived around it with many of their needs – peat for domestic fuel, stone for building and lime burning, pasture for sheep and cattle – and in the distant past it acted as a place for communal gatherings and ritual. This beautiful new book explores Ingleborough and its immediate surroundings in all its varied aspects.
The author, a long-time Ingleborough enthusiast and scholar, adopts a holistic approach to describe how people and landscape have interacted over the centuries. It is the first book to look in depth at Ingleborough’s massive physical presence, its geology and land-form processes and how people from the end of the Ice Age to the present day have made the most of what the mountain has to offer, and how their lives have been influenced and shaped by it. Geology and landscape are as central to the Ingleborough story as are human settlement, activity and land-use.”Ingleborough: Landscape and History” presents new, ground-breaking research in several areas, geology, geomorphology, archaeology and history all presented in a way which will appeal to visitors and local people alike. The book is profusely illustrated with photographs and illustrations. Few books relate the biography of a mountain..1st Paperback edition 2008 .Ref: 342
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