© Craven & Pendle Geological Society


Cawden Hill (Asbian Reef) The prominent knoll in the centre of the photo is Cawden Hill. Gordale Beck flows through the trees (Wedber Wood). The edge of Wedber Knoll is to the left. All the reefs; Cawden, Wedber and Burns Hill, are located on the southern side of the Middle Craven Fault. They are all remnants of the Craven Reef Belt which skirts the junction of the Askrigg Block and the Craven Basin. Other examples of 'Asbian apron-reef sedimentation' are seen at Cracoe, here at Malham, and at Settle. Wedber Hill was a particularly fossiliferous collecting ground in years gone by. The Malham reefs are part of a much more extended series of reefs which includes those at Cracoe.