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By Peter Kennet

The purpose of this leaflet is to provide an introduction to the development of the historical landscape of this rural part of the Porter Valley. The geology is secondary, and yet is of considerable importance in framing the physical landscape and in providing materials for the building of houses and farms, walls, gateposts and dams. The construction of drystone walls and the shapes of the fields enable the contrast to be drawn between probable Romano-British settlement and widespread enclosure following the Enclosure Acts in the 18th and 19th Centuries.


An itinerary of about 1½ miles is suggested, with numbered locations, starting from Forge Dam (with its Café!)

Reading the Landscape in the Porter Valley

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