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Welcome to the Duddon Valley Local History Group Website

DVLHG was formed in the early 1990s and runs a programme of activities and talks for its members. Our five year long study of the whole valley has restarted extending the survey to cover areas not walked in earlier phases. Our findings led to our current major project with Oxford Archaeology North excavating three medieval longhouse sites near Seathwaite Tarn.

Duddon Valley Local History Group Home Page

Latest News

Archive News

The Archives are now the Victory Hall.  If you have contributions or want access, get in touch.

To give you an idea of what we have collected, I’ll be putting an “Archive of the Month” Page on the website, starting at the top of the valley and working south. Whoops! July seems to have slipped past unnoticed. More information this month on the Newfield Inn and its links to the local nobility.

Archive of the Month for August – The Newfield Inn, Seathwaite

DuddonDig Reports

Work is underway at OAN to produce the final report for the dig. This is now in final draft form and will be published on the website as soon as we have an electronic copy ready

The Popular Report for the DuddonDig 2016-18 available for £5.00

The Popular Report – Highlife in the Uplands – has now been published and distrubuted free to nearly all the volunteers who took part over the three years. There are still a few who haven’t been in touch and I will have another go at getting in contact. Copies are available  by contacting






Tracks in the Valley Project

The latest project for the group is to a detailed survey of all the tracks in the Duddon to record their features and provide a baseline for changes in the future. The organisation will be like the one we used in the R2R surveys with team leaders allocated to a section of the valley and working with a small team. If you are interested in being a group leader, let me knowas soon as possible as we are about to arrange a session for leaders to finalise the details of the survey objectives and planning paperwork. Contact

Walks Programme

 There will be a new programme for the next year, with something to suit everyone. If you intend to go, please contact the Leader at least the day before stating where you will meet.  In the event of very bad weather confirm with leader on the day to see if the walk is going ahead.

Sat 23rd Jan 2020: Seathwaite Ramble

Gail Batten 716840

Historic homes, school, church. 4m easy

10:00 Broughton Square 10:30 Seathwaite Village Hall


see Walks Page for details of the walks programme.


Talks Programme

Next Talk

January 22nd, 2020 A Short History of Walking the Fells – Stephe Cove

Exploration in the Lakes from stone axes to Goretex

see Talks Page for details of the talks programme.




Our Projects Gallery

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