Furness Based Archaeology Group - Duddon Valley Local History Group

Contact the Duddon Valley Local History Group Email: pat@duddonhistory.org.uk

Frith Hall in the beautiful Duddon Valley. A rugged and unspoiled part of the Lake District National Park.

Duddon Valley Local History Group

Duddon Valley Local History Groupmore

Formed in early 1999 to provide talks and information on local history aimed at encouraging and increasing knowledge of the area.

Meetings are held monthly at 7.30pm on the 4th Tuesday of the month in Seathwaite Parish Room (excepting December).

Ring Cairns to Reservoirs (R2R) Project

Ring Cairns to Reservoirs (R2R) Projectmore

This is an almost unique collaboration between the professional archaeologists of the Lake District National Park and the trained volunteers of the Duddon Valley Local History Group, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

In the three years from 2006 to 2008, this partnership surveyed most of the Duddon Valley in southwest Cumbria for archaeological remains, and carried out an excavation of a large Bronze Age ring cairn.

We're still at it!

We're still at it!more

Though our ‘official’ R2R survey activity ended some 12 months ago, we continue to meet as a team most Tuesdays and visit sites of archaeological interest.

Sites have included the Bronze Age settlement at Barnscar, Sampsom’s Bratful and the various tumuli on Stockdale Moor, ring monuments at Stickle Tarn above Langdale, the extensive Romano-British settlement near Kirkby Lonsdale and in Greenburn, Little Langdale – discovery of a previously unrecorded cairnfield.

The Duddon Dig

Excavating medieval long houses in the Duddon Valley

In an exciting extension to our exploration of the valley we are now in a position to excavate some of the sites we have identified as possible long house.

With a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and other funding bodies, we will dig at one site for each of the next three seasons.

Excavations in 2016 will take place between Saturday June 18th and Sunday July 3rd.

All three sites have been surveyed from the air using UAV drones and core samples have been taken.


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There will be an Open Day for members of the public to visit the site on Saturday 25th June leaving from the Seathwaite Parish Rooms (SD 228 960) at 10:00, 12:00 and 14:00.There will be overspill parking in the field behind the Newfield Inn. Access to the dig involves a twenty minute walk up the waterboard track and then across rough fell so is not suitable for everyone.


For further details contact duddondig@gmail.com

Group Meetings

All Group meetings take place at the Seathwaite Parish Rooms and start at 7.30pm unless stated.

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Walks Programme

We have arranged a programme of walks to take place on the first Tuesday and the third Saturday of each month from October 2010 to April 2011.

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