Bethecar Moor Archaeological Survey

Help to uncover new information about the fascinating history and landscape development of the area through a programme of archaeological survey. We are surveying Bethecar Moor and working with the commoners and volunteers to identify and record the location and condition of archaeological features.

By volunteering with us you will work in the Rusland Horizons scheme area; develop an understanding of archaeology and historic environment; develop survey and archaeological practice skills; gain knowledge of conservation practices and gain knowledge and experience to help with achieving accredited qualifications if you so desire.

Please bring warm and waterproof clothing, sturdy footwear and a packed lunch including drinks. The surveys will involve walking over rough, uneven and sometimes steep ground so you must be physically able and fully mobile to take part.

This is a free event which you need to register. For full details of available dates, click on the Register button.

Please check the FAQs for more information.


Where will we be surveying?

It is impossible to guess how long the survey is going to take in particular areas across the moor and cannot guarantee that you will always working in the same place. We will always meet in the same parking area and may move from there depending on where the survey is occurring.


Meeting place: Forestry Commission Car Park, Off Bletherbarrow Lane. Map Ref: SD30358870

What to bring with you

Be prepared to be outside all day in any Lake District weather conditions – as you will know it can be very changeable! Warm and waterproof clothing as well as sturdy footwear are essential. There aren’t any loos on site so be prepared to wee in the wild.

Please bring your own lunch, flask and drinks.

What to expect on the day

9.30 am: Meet at the car parking location and then either drive or walk to site for a briefing on the site, safety and how to carry out the survey. Surveying through to finish at 4.00pm with a lunch break at 12:30pm.

Please note that the day will involve quite a lot of walking and as you will be surveying over ground which is steep, uneven and rough, you need to have good physical health, fitness and mobility. You will be given training and guidance and will not be asked to do anything that you don’t feel happy doing. There will be a first aider on site at all times.

In case of bad weather

If the weather is predicted to be very bad (especially in terms of high winds) then the survey will be called off. The NAA team will be in touch by phone by 8.15am on the day of survey if the survey is to be cancelled that day. Please ensure that you provide a telephone number we can contact you on when you book your place.

The NAA team will post articles about the project in a blog which is coming soon.

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Rusland Horizons was a Landscape Partnership funded by the National Heritage Lottery Fund until July 2019. It is now being delivered by The Rusland Horizons Trust Limited. Company No. 2133450; Charity No. 519410; Registered Office: Bleacott Farm, Witherslack, Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria LA11 6RZ.