New members wanted for Swaledale and Arkengarthdale Archaeology Group

Swaledale and Arkengarthdale Archaeology Group (SWAAG) is looking for new members.

Volunteers who have an active interest in the history, archaeology, geology and natural environment of the locality of Swaledale, Arkengarthdale and the other northern dales are wanted to get involved.

A group spokesperson said: “SWAAG is a group of like-minded people who, for the past 15 years, have explored the heritage of this beautiful area.

“We usually meet monthly for talks, have a programme of walks to explore the fascinating world of the dales, and have over the years undertaken a series of projects, surveys and excavations under professional supervision.

“For example, we recently completed a survey of the enigmatic glacial mounds at Grinton, explored the landscape and glacial features surrounding Castle Dykes Henge above Aysgarth, and had a fascinating talk from the Roman Roads Research Association about Stainmore’s ancient trackways and chain of Roman marching forts.

“We are always looking for new members. If you are interested in finding out more why not sample one of our walks or talks.”

Visit to see the programme of activities.

You can also register to join one of their walks, or come along to a meeting.

During the winter these are held on zoom, and you can join us for one by emailing

If you feel that you have more to offer, would be interested in becoming involved in the management of the group, and actively help in delivering a wider understanding of these dales, then also get in touch.