Nosterfield Quarry

Nosterfield Quarry is located in North Yorkshire midway between Ripon and Bedale.

About

About

Nosterfield Quarry is located in North Yorkshire midway between Ripon and Bedale. Footpaths at the quarry are open to the public for walkers and birdwatching, seven days a week, throughout the year. Our visitor centre, with free car parking and public toilet, is beside the B6267, three miles from the A1 motorway.

Community

Community

For many years now Lafarge Tarmac has encouraged the formation of Liaison Committees at its sites in order to promote exchanges of views and ideas between the quarry and local residents. The liaison committee provides a forum where local representatives can pass on local information, concerns, questions, etc to Lafarge Tarmac employees.

Geology

Geology

The geology of the area at Nosterfield Quarry is made up of a combination of materials, mainly sands and gravels together with clays and silts, which were deposited by the action of rivers such as the Ure.

History

Quarries have long been part of the North Yorkshire landscape. They provided the building materials for houses, farms, roads, castles and cathedrals. Nosterfield Quarry is here because sand and gravel are here. The minerals were laid down by the receding Ice Age some 15,000 years ago.

Restoration

Restoration

The site will be restored to a mix of pasture, nature conservation and ‘quiet recreation’. Fishing comes into this category. The worked area will become a lake. We are planting trees and vegetation, around the margins. This becomes a habitat for a variety of wildlife, birds, plants and mammals.

Future Plans

Future Plans

A planning application for a northern extension of Nosterfield quarry has been submitted by Lafarge Tarmac to North Yorkshire County Council, following consultation by the company with local residents and parish councillors.