The Blood & Bones of the Land – Newtondale

My good friend Graeme Chappell and I took a walk up to the Newtondale Spring today. Graeme has been researching and cataloguing the holy wells and springs of Yorkshire for many years.

The spring is located at the foot of the crags on the northern edge of Newtondale. There is a path to the spring via Needle point which is partially blocked by fallen boulders. In the past a wooden platform was built at the spring but it is now in a state of disrepair. There is also an information board at the site.

The spring produces large volumes of water, the striking bright orange colour is caused by algae living in the mineral rich waters. As the spring water runs down the hillside it precipitates calcium carbonate which then solidifies to form a solid deposit known as tufa.