NY9028 : Gibson's Cave and Summerhill Force

taken 4 years ago, near to Newbiggin, County Durham, Great Britain

Gibson's Cave and Summerhill Force
Gibson's Cave and Summerhill Force
Summerhill Force tumbles over a lip of grey limestone. Beneath the limestone are layers of sandstone and dark shale. The sandstone and shale layers are softer than the limestone and more easily eroded by the water. This causes undercutting of the limestone and has formed the large overhang seen here. The limestone will eventually break off and crash down. Over thousands of years this has happened many times causing the waterfall to move upstream, creating a gorge as it goes - and it is still on the move.
Local tradition tells of a 16th century outlaw who hid here while on the run from the constables of Barnard Castle. William Gibson was said to have been a lovable rogue. Friends supplied him with food and dry clothes while he hid behind the waterfall in his dark and secret hideaway.
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Date Taken
Saturday, 5 October, 2013   (more nearby)
Monday, 7 October, 2013
Geographical Context
Geological interest  Rivers, Streams, Drainage  Woodland, Forest  Water resources 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NY 909 286 [100m precision]
WGS84: 54:39.1665N 2:8.5161W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NY 909 286
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North-northwest (about 337 degrees)
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