NY9727 : Gripping feeding Horden Sike

taken 4 years ago, 3 km from Middleton-in-Teesdale, County Durham, Great Britain

Gripping feeding Horden Sike
Gripping feeding Horden Sike
Moorland gripping can often cause serious erosion and gullying, resulting in bigger floods in rivers downstream, which in turn causes more erosion in some places, and aggradation in others. Almost always expensive to put right so after much of the gripping was supported by grants to improve the grazing, a lot is now needing grant-aid to block up. Here on Monks Moor, the erosion doesn't seem to be too bad and many of the grips are silting up apparently of their own accord. Of course, this means that the original rationale for the gripping - to improve the drainage and dry the soil out somewhat, is pretty much a failure. Both gamekeepers and random geographers stagger across the moor trying to link burnt patches where the going is a little easier, whilst squelching into the ever-present sphagnum bog well-hidden by the heather.
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Date Taken
Sunday, 15 December, 2013   (more nearby)
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Sunday, 15 December, 2013
Geographical Context
Uplands  Country estates  Moorland 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NY 9704 2797 [10m precision]
WGS84: 54:38.8097N 2:2.8432W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NY 9705 2798
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Southwest (about 225 degrees)
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