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Summerhill Force

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At Summerhill Force (from the Old Norse word 'fors') Bow Lee Beck tumbles over a shelf of grey limestone. Below the limestone, are layers of sandstone and dark shale. The sandstone & shale layers are much softer than the limestone above and are more easily eroded by the water. This causes undercutting of the limestone and has formed the large overhang.

Local legend tells of a 16th century outlaw who hid here while on the run from the Constables of Barnard Castle. William Gibson was said to have been a likeable rogue. Friends supplied him with food and dry clothes while he hid behind the waterfall in his dark and secret hideaway.

Upper Teesdale, North Pennines
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