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The ruins of Wycoller Hall (about 1900)

Wycoller is a rather unique place. It is the focal point of local recreational walks that have been popular for many years. Usually visitors begin at the Trawden Road Car Park for the Wycoller Country Park walks. The area can be identified on the O.S. South Pennines Outdoor Leisure Map. Initially you are struck by the number of bridges spanning the numerous becks - a supposed record number for the British Isles. On entering Wycoller village (having already crossed two bridges) the visitor should take a breath and savor the atmosphere and enjoy the view.

Wycoller Hall (2004)

The charms of Wycoller are well published elsewhere. My reason for including it alongside the regions fascinating geological heritage is two fold: firstly, its just an excellent place for any visitor whether a geologist or not; secondly, and for the geologist, it is instructive to walk around the glaciated Wycoller Valley noting the part periglacial processes have played in the formation of Foster's Leap. Also worth noting are the limestone hushings and their similarity with Sheddon Valley.

Although in ruins now, Wycoller Hall, was supposedly the inspiration for "Fearndean Manor" in Charlotte Bronte's book "Jane Eyre". For educational purposes there is Pepper Hill Barn Study Centre. It offers a venue for a variety of study projects from literature to all aspects of natural history.

Wycoller is particularly well known for its three famous bridges, the Packhorse Bridge, Clapper Bridge and Clam Bridge together with the unusual 'vaccary walls'. There are also some noteworthy geological localities in the vicinity of Wycoller.