The First Cut: A guided walk – Saturday, 7 October 2018, 2:00 – 4:00 pm

The First Cut is a land art response to the devastation caused by wildfire in 2006 to an area of moorland west of the Keighley Road and north of the Cowper’s Cross. Artist Filippa Dobson will lead a group to The Frist Cut and explain how a cup and ring mark from the Badger Stone Neolithic monument nearby came to move to its current location. Correlating The First Cut with Neolithic rock art, Filippa creates a visible link between an ancient past and a contemporary community who work and walk on the moor. The heather had taken ten years to grow back and was scheduled for cutting by Natural England in 2016. As a mutual exchange with nature, cutting the heather at different heights creates a more diverse environment for ground nesting birds and other ground dwelling creatures. The seeds within the heather brash will generate new growth. Whilst the cup marks on the Badger Stone have survived for millennia, in another ten years’ time, no trace of The First Cut will be left in the landscape.

The walk will be from the White Wells car park up the Keighley Road to a location below Whetstone gate at top of the hill. People are advised to wear outdoor clothing and appropriate footwear. The Keighley Road is steep. Therefore, the walk is moderately strenuous. Then there is a short section on a rough track. People will be accompanied to and from the car park. The walk to and from The First Cut is less than three miles. (If people wish they can walk on to the Badger Stone at their own risk. Extending the walk to the Badger Stone is about 4 1/2 miles).

The walk is restricted to 20 people.

To book your place please email Filippa at sdfjd@leeds.ac.uk