On 02 October 2023 we rebranded to Heidelberg Materials. As well as aligning with our parent company, our new name better reflects the company we are today.
We’re focused on driving down carbon emissions, increasing the use of recycled materials to grow the circular economy and leading our industry towards net zero with innovative projects such as carbon capture and storage.
Some of the new Heidelberg Materials signage and vehicle livery is already in place and we hope to have completed this within the next two years. Please note that our email and website details have also changed.
Ingleton quarry is located just to the north of the village of Ingleton in North Yorkshire and is within the Yorkshire Dales National Park. It produces up to 350,000 tonnes a year of high quality gritstone aggregate for road surfacing for markets as far afield as Scotland and the south coast. Our principal customers are local authorities and most of the material is delivered by road via the B6255 to the A65. Some deliveries are made by rail to our asphalt depot at Leeds via our sidings at Ribblehead.
The rock is over 500 million years old and has been folded into a massive trough during mountain building activities as Scotland rammed into England when an ancient ocean separating the two closed. Later massive activity below ground forced a two metre thick sheet of volcanic material, known as a dyke, through the whole site. These geological features attract hundreds of visitors a year including universities and geological societies.
The quarry is dominated by the working void with small areas of fringing habitats of broadleaved woodland, planted trees and shrubs and a largely unvegetated quarry waste mound. On restoration, the void will become a large deep water body. The upper benches will be planted with silver birch, hawthorn and hazel with juniper, mountain ash, yew, blackthorn and gorse. Further stands of fringing woodland will be planted around the periphery of the quarry, which is set within an area of high nature conservation value.
Ingleton in demand
Ingleton quarry is proving popular with students from several universities for geology field studies. Southampton University ocean and earth science undergraduates were the first visitors, while staying locally to map out geological features of the Ingleton Falls area.
Two further Southampton groups were joined by students from University College London on a later date.
Annette Mcgrath wrote, "I can't thank you enough for a fantastic visit to Ingleton Quarry last week - the trip down into the quarry void was hugely appreciated by us all and a wonderful opportunity to view such classic geology from northern England up close.
LEAD trainees Alex Farnworth, right, from Ribblesdale cement plant and Tom O’Boyle, who works at Ingleton quarry, promoted the higher apprenticeship scheme at a careers evening at St Christopher’s School in Accrington.
Ingleton Quarry conducts many community liaison educational visits to the quarry most recently for the Southampton University, Bendrigg Trust, Northern Mine Research Society and Parish Council. If you are interested in finding out more about our next site visit please make use of the form.