Wild Britain with Ray Mears

Yorkshire Dales Limestone

Series 3 - Episode 3 Yorkshire Dales Limestone

Tuesday 12pm - 12:30pm Travel Channel
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“This isn’t for the faint-hearted,” says Mears as he squeezes his stocky torso through a narrow limestone gully under the Yorkshire Dales. But he’s not referring to the claustrophobic surroundings of this tunnel. He’s talking about the large cave spiders that live there. They lurk in the shadows and, if agitated, can bite and are, he confides, “mildly venomous”.

A more attractive proposition is his ramble across the grykes (or limestone pavement) of Scar Close in the southern section of the Dales where he finds woodland plants that are flourishing even though there aren’t any trees to be seen.


The survival expert heads to the Yorkshire Dales to explore the limestone geology of the dramatic pavements, cliffs and caves as well as the wildlife dependent upon it. He meets Ingleborough National Nature Reserve warden Colin Newlands, who introduces him to the extraordinary plant life of Scar Close, and squeezes down a gully in search of the cave spider. Ray teams up with researchers from the University of Leeds to survey the bat population and spends time observing the dipper - a small river bird able to walk underwater.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Ray Mears
Director Phil Coles
Executive Producer Petra Regent
Series Producer Hayley Smith