The Bridestones

Route: The Bridestones

Area: North Yorkshire

Date of walk: 6th January 2018

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 4.8 miles

Ascent: 500 feet

Weather: Sunny intervals, a couple of hail showers

The Bridestones are a fascinating group of oddly shaped sandstone rocks which have been eroded by wind, frost and rain over thousands of years. The stones are set in a nature reserve owned and managed by the National Trust and the area is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest. We’ve not been here for a few years and looked forward to today’s return visit

We parked in the Bridestones car park in Dalby Forest – charges apply but there are numerous activities on offer in the forest and the place is well worth a visit in its own right. After leaving the car park we walked uphill through woodland and before long emerged onto the moorland. Our path took us past the Low Bride Stones, and then onto open moorland at the edge of the forest. Another group of stones – the High Bride Stones – was not on our route today, but a short diversion could easily be made to explore these interesting formations

We turned left at an obvious junction and walked past an attractive pond onto Grime Moor, which is more scenic then its name suggests. A fierce hailstorm overtook us at this point, but luckily was blowing into our backs rather than our faces. As the storm abated we left the muddy track at High Pastures to walk through the fields and join Pasture Road. This quiet road leads to Low Pasture Farm and from here it was a pleasant stroll back into Staindale and the end of an enjoyable walk

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